Walk: The foot of Loch Shin

Highland | Lairg | Short walk | ★★★

[Little Loch Shin]

This loop is the easier of the two short walks marked out from Ferrycroft Visitor Centre on the outskirts of Lairg. The village sits on the shores of Little Loch Shin, which is itself separated by a dam from the foot of vast Loch Shin itself, artificially raised to a higher level. Waymarked paths clome close to the shores of the former, but a detour to the dam wall is necessary to see the latter. A couple of ponds surrounded by woodland and a very ruined iron age broch complete the offering.

[Ferry Wood]

📌 Walk: The foot of Loch Shin ★★★
Start / finish at Ferrycroft Visitor Centre car park, half a mile (or 15-min walk) west of Lairg village centre, G.R.: NC 579062 ///nervy.cabbage.catchers

▶ 3 km / 2 mi | ▲ 20 m | ⌚ Short | Easy
Features: Ferrycroft Visitor Centre; Little Loch Shin; Loch Shin; ruined broch
Terrain: Excellent paths, gentle gradients. Short detour on narrow path through grass to dam.

Route & map

Car park & visitor centre - Ferry Wood & ponds - Little Loch Shin - Loch Shin dam - ruined broch - start

Route credit: Ferrycroft Visitor Centre
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On our visit

Wildlife: Mallard ducks on the loch, treecreepers.
Weather: Sunshine and a rain shower, big clouds and rainbows. Breezy, 12°C.

Chronological photo guide

[Sheep at Ferrycroft Visitor Centre]

[Ferrycroft Visitor Centre]

[Ferry Wood]

[Pond in Ferry Wood]

[View across Little Loch Shin to Lairg]

[Little Loch Shin]

[Woodland path]

[Loch Shin from the dam]


[Little Loch Shin from the dam]

[Broch with Loch Shin beyond]

[Ord Hill (right) from the broch]

[Return through Ferry Wood]


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