The Dornoch Walks Q&A
Q. Can children be sponsored?
A. Check with the charity you are supporting
Q. What clothing should I wear?
A. The weather can be changeable, so make sure you wear layers so you can take items on and off, and have a waterproof jacket with hood/hat. Wear sturdy & comfy boots or shoes.
Q. What should I take with me?
A. Water or juice, energy food (banana, dried fruit, chocolate), sun block, insect repellent, hand wipes, plasters, spare socks, a mobile phone, money (for snacks) and a rucksack to carry it all! Please do not drop litter – take it with you and put in one of the bins provided.
Q. Where do I check in?
A. At Dornoch Academy, Evelix Road, Dornoch IV25 3HR. From A9 take the A949 into Dornoch; you pass through the village of Camore and then the school is the large flat roofed building on the left just at the “Welcome to Dornoch” sign. There is plenty of car-parking, but please follow the steward’s instructions on where to park
Q. When do I check in?
A. The desks will be open for check in from 9:30-10:00 for 15 mile route, 10:00-10:30 for 10 mile route and 10:30-11:00 for 5 mile route.
Q. What do I at the end of the walk?
A. All three routes return to Dornoch Academy. You need to check in at the end of the walk and collect your completion certificate. You must be back at the school by 4pm.
Q. Can I bring my dog?
A. Yes – dogs are welcome, but must be on a lead at all times. Owners must clear up after their dogs, so please bring poo bags. Bins are available on the route.
Q. Where is the First Aid post?
A. There is a First Aid post in the car park at Camore Woods and at the White House on the Embo path. Stewards are available at other points on the walk to call on the First Aid team if required.
Q. Are there any water stops?
A. Walkers should carry their own water or juice. In addition two water stops are provided – one at the car park at Camore Woods, one at the White House on the Embo path and one at Fourpenny junction.
Q. It the route suitable for buggies & wheelchairs?
A. The 5 mile route is suitable throughout. The 10 mile route follows a narrow path along the top of the golf course, which is wide enough for a single buggy, but not for a wheelchair or double width buggy.
Q. Is there a refreshment stop?
A. There are cafes in town and the Dornoch Social Club on School Hill will have refreshments for sale. Refreshments are also available at Dornoch Academy, where all routes end.
Q. Are there toilets on the route?
A. There are toilets at Dornoch Academy, the Social Club, behind the bus stop in the Square and at all the eateries in town.
Q. Is there an emergency contact number on the day?
A. Yes, it is 07767 837740. For a medical assistance please phone 111 for NHS24 or 999 for an ambulance. The nearest local Hospital for minor injuries is Lawson Memorial in Golspie 01408 633157. Nearest A & E is Raigmore, Inverness 01463 704000.
Q. Are there hazards on the walk?
A. The route crosses several roads and normal road safety procedures should be exercised. Stewards will be placed at major junctions to assist. Cars will be made aware of the walk in progress by road signs. The road is single track in many cases so walkers must go in single file and move to the side to allow cars to pass. Especial care should be taken on the Embo Road after leaving the disused rail track and heading back into Dornoch, where there is no pavement, but likely to be cars. The path through the woods is well maintained but there may be wind blown debris or loose gravel in parts. The path at the top of the golf course is narrow so single file is required; there are whin bushes on either side. The disused railway track is grassed over, and uneven in parts, with whin bushes on either side, so please take care.
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