Walk: Fyrish Monument - gate of Negapatam
The Fyrish Monument is the southernmost of two manmade, hilltop sights which will draw your eye as you head north from Dingwall on the A9 towards the far north. Built in 1782, the unusual arch design imitates the Gate of Negapatam, India, after a victory over the Dutch there the previous year. Its construction also provided paid work for victims of the Highland Clearances, and as such is far less controversial than the other large Clearances-related monument further on Ben Bhraggie. A quarter of a millenium later you can walk up to view the monument closeup, with the Cromarty Firth laid out below and Ben Wyvis to the west, happily without having to carry heavy construction materials.
|[The upper half of the walk affords great views over the Cromarty Firth]|
Name: Walk: Fyrish Monument - gate of Negapatam ★★★☆☆
Length: 6 km / 4 miles
Ascent: 290 metres
Main summits: Cnoc Fyrish (453 metres)
Points of interest: Fyrish Monument
Start / finish: Car park off minor road between Alness and Boath, G.R.: NH 627714 ///hence.cowboys.culling
Route: Car park - Fyrish Monument - return by outward route (optional slight detour on return). Main route is signposted.
Terrain: Wide forest / moorland paths, steep during middle section, gravelly higher up.
Wildlife today: Not much apart from usual woodland birds.
Weather today: Mainly cloudy with occasional spots of rain and bursts of sun. Temperature in low teens, breezy on summit.
|[An unnamed lochan provides a welcome break just above the steep middle section]|
Route credit: Scotland off the beaten track