This route is for the energetic romantic, following the old A9 towards Bonar Bridge and ‘cutting the corner’ through Migdale’s ‘Fairy Glen’, an area of outstanding natural beauty. Then
over the moor – where you may see a Buzzard or two, a Peregrine, a Hen Harrier or even a Golden Eagle – to Loch Buidhe and the magical route down Strath Carnaig, with its waterfalls, wild flowers and Iron Age settlements, to emerge at the Fleet Nature reserve. The section of road from Loch Buidhe down to the A9 is quite rough in places.
Directions: Head west on Castle Street for 250 metres and turn left onto Sutherland Road for 3.8 miles. Bear right and go over a small stone bridge. Turn right onto the A9 for 0.9 miles.
Turn left onto the A949 at Clashmore, signposted Spinningdale, for 5 miles. Turn right at Spinningdale, signposted Migdale, for 4 miles. Turn right at the crossroads, signposted Loch Buidhe.
Continue along this road for 11.5 miles. Turn right onto the A9 for 0.5 miles. Bear left along Loch Fleet for 2 miles before turning right towards Embo and Dornoch for 3 miles. Follow this road back into the centre of Dornoch.