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Struie circular

Highland Walk

County/Area - Highland - Central Highland

Author - Tony Johnstone

Length - 4.5 miles / 7.3 km    Ascent - 1100 feet / 333 metres

Time - 3 hours 20 minutes    Grade - easy/mod

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Walk Route Description

Photo from the walk - Struie circular
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One of the most rewarding walks in Ross-shire is this pleasant ridge walk to Struie Hill which provides walkers with excellent views. The undulating route along the ridge offers a memorable panorama of Dornoch Forth as well as more distant views to many hills some 50 miles distant.

The start is a small car park (grid ref. NH650850) on the B9176 south-east from Ardgay. To reach the start leave Ardgay on the A836. After five kilometres, fork right onto the B9176 and continue uphill to pass the famous Struie Viewpoint. Beyond the viewpoint the road sweeps right and starts to descend. The car park is on your right.

After parking, cross the road and walk uphill for about 100 metres and turn right onto a path that can be seen heading up the hillside towards some trees. The path keeps to the left of the trees and continue uphill to reach the cairn on Struie's summit (grid ref. NH658850) from where the views open out especially to the west with Dornoch Forth dominating the scene.

The walk continues north-east along the ridge following a path that keeps to the highest ground. There are several small summits along the way. Struie Hill with its mast can be seen ahead and this is the final objective of the walk. The summit is slightly lower then Struie and there is also a cairn.

In fine weather with good visibility the view north includes Bienn Spoinnadh (77km to the Northwest), Foinaven, Ben Hope plus many more peaks that are well-spaced across the panorama which helps with identification. The return route follows the outward path. If you have time, there is a hut circle close to the road which is worth exploring.

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