Walk: A' Chraisg - a spin above Migdale

Highland | Spinningdale | Half day walk | ★★★

[Upper Dornoch Firth from A' Chraisg]

Surrounded by water on three sides, the small summit of A' Chraisg makes a marvellous spot from which to survey the Dornoch Firth. Its lower slopes are cloaked in unspoilt pinewood, used as a reintroduction site for red squirrels; even if you don't see a real one, there are several sculptures of the animals along the forest trails. Concealed at the heart of the landscape are the peaceful waters of Migdale Loch, overlooked by the prow of Migdale Rock.

[Loch Migdale]

📌 Walk: A' Chraisg - a spin above Migdale ★★★
Start / finish at car park on minor road, 1 mi northwest of Spinningdale, G.R.: NH 667908 ///searching.breezy.access. If full, there is further parking to the east.

▶ 8 km / 5 mi | ▲ 250 m | ⌚ Half a day | Moderate
Summits: A' Chraisg (186 m) | Features: Ledmore & Migdale Forest; Loch Migdale; Dornoch Firth viewpoint
Terrain: Good tracks for majority of route, with steep ascent and descent. Detour to viewpoint is on a narrow path. Tracks on A' Chraisg don't exactly match those on O.S. maps.

Route & map

Car park - Loch Migdale - A' Chraisg - Dornoch Firth viewpoint - return to track junction - start via Spinningdale Burn valley

Route credit: Walkhighlands

On our visit

Wildlife: Long tailed tits, speckled wood butterlies; lots of annoying flies on ascent.
Weather: Good amounts of sunshine after a couple of brief showers near the start. Breezy on the summit with temperature in mid teens.

Chronological photo guide

[A' Chraisg from the start]

[Track through Migdale Forest]

[Red squirrel!]

[Loch Migdale]

[Ascent to A' Chraisg]

[Loch Migdale from A' Chraisg]

[A' Chraisg]

[Upper Dornoch Firth from A' Chraisg]

[A' Chraisg]

[A' Chraisg]

[Detour to the viewpoint]

[Dornoch Firth viewpoint]

[Descent towards Spinningdale]

[Track return]

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