Man V Horse Scotland 2017 on Sunday 2nd April
At Loch Ness Riding, Dores
This year the profits from the event will be divided equally between the South Loch Ness Access Group and the Marie Curie Fund.
We have a new course for 2017 and the distance is 27 km. Entries for both runners and horse riders are now open on www.entrycentral.com and cost £30 per person.
A great fun event with free refreshments for helpers and competitors at the finish.
£100 prize to the fastest overall on the day donated by the South Loch Ness Tourist Group, plus the Jacobite Warrior Challenge Quaich.
Also trophies to the fastest runner and the fastest horse plus a Woman v Horse trophy. Rosettes or medals and certificates to all completors of the event.
Important message from Bowlts regarding Scaniport Estate.
I thought I should contact you to make you aware of a harvesting operation which we have planned in Darroch Wood over the coming months. We shall be removing a number of large Douglas fir for a local sawmill mill. the operation will be carried out in two or three stages over the next year or so. We hope to minimise the impact on public access but clearly need to avoid exposing members of the public to the hazards of the work site. Could I prevail upon you to make your contacts aware of the operation? There will probably be periods of 1-2 months at a time when access will be affected. This will be the work site itself and route to the stacking bay at the road entrance. We will ensure that there are warning signs around the site and have these removed when the site is not active. Members of the public should be encourage to abide by the information on the signs. They are there for their protection. There will be no weekend working so the sites should be accessible then, although the extraction route may not be in a condition conducive to travel by foot or horse.
South Loch Ness Map
The new map of trails and paths that we have been working on since January, is hot off the press and now available at many outlets in the area. All residents of Dores and Essich, Strathnairn and Stratherrick will have a copy delivered to them at home by their community councils. The Access Group has made copies freely available to all the councils for this purpose.
We are delighted with the map, which is in folded A2 format and on one side shows an overview of the whole area and on the reverse has blown up inserts of popular local areas which offer great tracks for all classes of user.
You can access the map online using the following link:-
If you would like a paper copy and are not able to get hold of one then please email me - firstname.lastname@example.org
Also - do please let us know if you think there are any errors or ommissions in the map. Tell us too if you think we have done a good job!
The map is free but we are always happy to receive donations which will go towards further reprints.
(Organised by South Loch Ness Access Group)
Join us for a community walk exploring the paths around Dores with a half-way stop at the school for free refreshments.
The walk is for all abilities, all you need is a comfortable pair of walking shoes (could be wet underfoot) and a waterproof jacket!
Date: 27th August 2016 at 2pm
Meeting Place: Dores Inn bus stop
Please contact us to let us know you are coming so we have plenty of rolls/cake!
What a lovely walk we had on Saturday - great weather and lovely to meet new people in our area and enjoy the trails together. Thanks to SRUC for sponsoring. Also thanks to Louise Robertson for opening up Aldourie School for us - the cake was delish!!
We have received the following anonymous email from a concerned person and would like to ask our friends to report any such illegal activity taking place in the vicinity of the Fair Haired Lad's Pass. The message will also be passed on to the Forestry Commission:-
"I would like to highlight the fact that the fair haired lads pass is getting destroyed by motorbikes it started with a red ford connect van which was reported to crimestoppers and now there are others with a Toyota pickup and I am sure once word gets out we will be swamped with motorbikes",.
Please help stop this type of nuisance.
The gate into the Glenfarigaig Wood from Dirichurachan meadow has been replaced with an "all singing/dancing" Centre Wire bridleway gate in a joint venture between Tilhill Economic and the Highland Council. We were the liaison for this project. There are new forest roads planned for this area too which will open up the woods for access once the harvesting has been completed.
The group has been going for fifteen years now . We are constituted to encourage and develop responsible off-road access for walkers and riders in the South Loch Ness Area, to promote the Scottish Outdoor Access Code and to liase with other access groups inthe surrounding areas.
The group is affiliated to the British Horse Soctiey Bridleways Group
A view from the path on the Fair Haired Lad's Pass which the SLNAG has helped to secure the funding for.