New trail creation in process, warning and advisory signs in place but facilities and walks open. (Updated 12th November 2012)
Rumster: Originally crofting ground, which was planted as a commercial timber crop in the 1940's, this forest is gradually changing. There are fine views over the North Sea coast. As the forest has been opened up we have exposed many of the archaeological remains. Look out for the remains of over 29 long houses, many of which were occupied until the forest was first planted, and also 2000 year old brochs.
Spruce and pine were the original plantings. The ones that remain now are amongst the tallest in Caithness. Much of the forest has been replanted with larch, birch and rowan to make the forest more varied and appealing to wildlife.
Keep your eyes open for the local buzzards, roe deer, pine martens, merlin’s, crossbills and goldcrest. You are most likely to spot a roe deer grazing in a glade or a buzzard circling as it looks for prey.
How to get there:
Rumster is part of Caithness. Lybster is the nearest town or village.
By road from the south, follow the A99 through Latheron heading towards Wick. Just before Lybster, take the turning marked Achavanich and follow the road for five miles until you reach the Forest Enterprise car park.
OS Grid Reference: ND206394
For details of public transport visit http://www.travelinescotland.com
Start your visit from:Rumster Carpark
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