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  • Bonar Bridge Geolocation Latitude 57.891538 Longitude -4.344874
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Bonar Bridge Fishing Guide

Bonar Bridge Fishing

Fishing in Bonar Bridge

Sutherland is famed for its wide expanses of wilderness, stunning scenery and myriad of lochs and rivers welcoming the game angler, this south-east corner is the least remote part, much of it within an hour or so drive of Inverness, but nevertheless, there is some excellent salmon and trout fishing to be had.

The best and most easily accessed of the trout lochs in this area lie in a broad belt running north-south from Beannach, about 4 miles north of Lairg, past Loch Craggie, down to Loch Migdale at Bonar Bridge, so it means a short diversion inland from the North Coast 500 route, but well worth a visit.

  • Bonar Bridge Geolocation Latitude 57.891538 Longitude -4.344874
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There are also additional lochs in the foothills along the coast from Dornoch to Brora, closer to the NC500, many of these lochs benefit from a mayfly hatch, typically for a month or so from early June.

  • Loch Buidhe

Loch Buidhe, lies 530 feet above sea-level and sudden squalls can develop from nowhere, boats are available, but great care is needed when fishing from a boat, a drogue is recommended, although the road runs along the entire length of the South side of the Loch, the traffic is extremely light, a delightful easily accessible loch with good brown trout averaging 8oz and an occasional salmon and sea trout late in the season.

  • Kyle of Sutherland

The Kyle of Sutherland is a large tidal area extending Over 20 miles in length this estuary offers excellent salmon and sea trout fishing from the confluence of the rivers Oykel and the Cassley east wards to the Dornoch Firth. Both salmon and sea trout are caught, with the Kyle of Sutherland Angling Club taking in the region of 400 salmon and 200 sea trout per season.

  • River Oykel

The River Oykel is a major river in northern Scotland that is famous as one of Scotland's best salmon rivers producing between 1,500 and 2,000 fish, the lower river is divided into 4 beats, the river then rises on Ben More Assynt, a few miles from Ullapool on the west coast of Scotland, and drains into the North Sea via the Kyle of Sutherland. Traditionally the river has marked the boundary between Ross to the south and Sutherland to the north.

  • Loch Migdale

 Loch Migdale lies a mile about 2 miles from east of Bonar Bridge, an attractive loch sheltered by woodland, the loch contains a Crannog dating from the Iron Age, here you can catch brown trout averaging 10oz, some over 2lbs.

Bonar Bridge Golf Club Visitors Guide

Bonar Bridge Golf

Sutherland, Bonar Bridge, Ardgay, 9 hole Golf course in Scotland, only 45 minutes north of Inverness on the Struie road, set amongst grand scenery, Loch Migdale down below to the south east, surrounded with woodland and panoramic scenery, barren and rugged heights to the north, while the south can seem the sinuous channel of the Kyle of Sutherland, with magnificent mountains of Ross beyond.

Here on the Bonar-Ardgay course the votary of the Royal and ancient game, you will fined the practice facility with two nets, bunker and putting green offering you the chance to have a good warm up before taking on the course, with excellent greens and fairways maintained by a lady greenkeeper.

  • Bonar Bridge Golf Club Geolocation Latitude 57.891538 Longitude -4.344874
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The course is tight with 9 very different holes, but if you keep it straight a good score is there for the taking, the narrow soft turfed fairways are a joy to play off, although some of the greens are a little difficult to hit and rather small, the new greens along the Loch side are larger and more undulating the three short par threes are super little holes, the new 3rd you play off and elevated tee, down to a large green with a pond waiting at the rear.

The 6th modelled on the 6th at Royal Dornoch and the 8th green a new challenge awaits, if you play this beautiful maintained course especially the new par 5, fifth hole, Bonar Bridge course makes a lovely contrast to Sutherland's links courses, advance booking are not necessary, visitors can play the course at all times, ladies and gents toilet and changing rooms are available to visitors throughout the season, birds and animals are in abundance including deer, buzzards and the ponds are full of wild life.

Bonar Bridge Hospitality Accommodation

Bonar Bridge has services and facilities such as primary schooling, post office, bank, shops, bistro, cafe, doctor’s surgery, library, and golf course. Primary schooling is available in Bonar Bridge and secondary schooling is available in Dornoch, some 13 miles away, or Tain, some 16 miles away.

The area attracts a wide range of trade, from those visiting nearby Dornoch and Dunrobin Castle, and with easy access to the North Coast 500. It is around 15 minutes off the main route from Bonar Bridge.

The area is attractive to golfers, fishermen, walkers, mountain bikers, ornithologists, and many more.

There are many places of interest to visit in the local area: Dunrobin Castle in Golspie, Balblair Distillery in Edderton, and the Glenmorangie Distillery in Tain; Falls of Shin visitor centre and waterfalls, where you can watch salmon leap up the falls and take lovely woodland walks.

Bonar Bridge is a destination for those who love walking in woodlands, hillwalking, cycling or simply exploring the beautiful Highlands of Scotland.

The region has a large number of golden sandy beaches and a 9-hole golf course, voted one of the most picturesque courses in Scotland.

At Bonar Bridge, the Dornoch Firth changes into the Kyle of Sutherland. Together, they make for some very pretty scenery.

The area attracts a wide range of trade, from those visiting nearby Dornoch and Dunrobin Castle, and with easy access to the North Coast 500. The area is attractive to golfers, fishermen, walkers, mountain bikers, ornithologists, and many more.

The village of Ardgay is 1 mile away and has a railway station on the Inverness to Thurso line.

Tain is 16 miles and Inverness, the Capital of the Highlands, is to the south, a little over an hour by car and provides all the facilities of a major regional centre, including good shopping centres, theatres, restaurants, a hospital, mainline railway station, and Inverness Airport, with a good number of services to a variety of destinations including Flybe and Easyjet to London Gatwick, Luton, Manchester, and Bristol. From Inverness, take the A9 north, crossing the Kessock and Cromarty bridges. After Evanton, turn left on the B9176 towards Bonar Bridge and Lairg.

Scotland is an ideal destination for honeymoons, anniversaries, and special occasions.

In this region, you will find outstanding hospitality and world-class accommodation. Bed and Breakfasts for all budgets are available. Stay in a magnificent Highland castle with romantic turrets and ancient battlements; find a hotel boasting stunning views and fabulous accommodation overlooking the sea or mountains; and enjoy the essence and wonderful scenery of the Highlands with a dram or two of malt whisky by a log fire and fine dining. Stay in a log cabin for a romantic getaway for two with romantic highland scenery, or soak up the tranquillity of a luxury spa.

There are further facilities in the town of Dornoch on the east coast, well situated for those looking to explore more of what the Highlands have to offer, as well as the renowned Royal Dornoch golf links, overlooking the breath-taking golden sandy beach.

Here you will find stunning scenery, wild life, fauna and flora to be found all changing throughout the year; a perfect area for walking and exploring the many historical places that you can visit, or simply just enjoying a retreat away from the hustle and bustle of daily life.

Recreational activities in the area include fishing on the lochs and the salmon rivers of the Kyle of Sutherland; hill walking; mountaineering; and country sports.

The nearest railway station is in Ardgay, with services north to Wick, Thurso, and Inverness to the south.

The village of Bonar Bridge provides the visitor with a great location to explore Sutherland and Easter Ross area with the region offering all types of accommodation whether for holiday or business travellers. 

The village is located at the north end of the bridge across the narrows of the Kyle of Southerland. After the defeat of the Highland clans in 1746, the "taming of the north" begun, and a network of highland roads was constructed by the government.

To start there was a Ferry crossing but after the Dornoch Ferry disaster of 1809, a bridge was built over the Kyle at Bonar Bridge, from where the A949 runs eastwards to join the main A9 just before Dornoch, while the A836 continues north to Lairg.

The area offers plenty of activities for the tourist to enjoy.

The original bridge was built by Thomas Telford 1811 to 1812, Before Telford's bridge was built, travellers to the north of this district used the ferry.

The bridge was swept away by a flood on 29 January 1892, a winter of many great floods in the North of Scotland.

The second replacement bridge of Steel and Granite was "built by The County Councils of Ross and Cromarty and Sutherland it was opened on the 6th, July, 1893"

The third bridge built at Bonar is the currently standing bridge. It was built alongside the older bridge while it was still standing after it was opened to traffic the second bridge was dismantled.

It was replaced by a new award-winning steel bow- string bridge built in 1973 to handle the greatly increased heavy traffic on the A9 Boner Bridge offering Bed and Breakfast accomadation

There are over 20 miles of estuary offering excellent salmon and sea trout fishing, 17km of mountain bike trail for a range of skills, with stunning views over the Kyle of Sutherland.

Balblair Forest is on the hill slopes to the east of the Kyle of Sutherland.

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The golf course is a scenic nine-hole courses views of beautiful pine trees and heather clad areas, and views down to the Loch,

The Bonar Bridge Wildlife Watch group arranges a variety of fun activities and events for children aged 5 to 14. From nature trails to scavenger hunts, arts and crafts to fungal forays,

A few miles north of Invershin are the ( Falls of Shin ), an excellent place to watch salmon battling upstream on their way to their spawning grounds (best seen June to September).

A visitor centre with a café, restaurant, and shop has information about six easy walks in the immediate area; all are under an hour long. 

  • Scotland's traditional rural pursuits, Bonner Bridge.

 Sutherland is World renowned for the traditional rural pursuits of country life including hunting, shooting and fishing, these activities go all the way back to when life was much simpler and were an essential part of survival for those living in these wild lands where crops were scarce.

 The most iconic is the Red Stag Stalk where an experienced Gamekeeper takes a client out for a day on the hill which is an unforgettable experience allowing the guest to get close and become at one with nature during a day of changeable weather, awe inspiring scenery with the smell of the wild flowers and heather and scurrying clouds in the sky.

 The gamekeeper is an experienced manager of wildlife usually on an Estate which is a large area of land under their care where they know every rock and tree and keep a close watch on the animals ensuring their survival in the long winters and only taking out those animals which are past their best, injured or malformed in some way.

 The stag hunting season runs from mid July until early October when the hind season then opens until mid February, the estates can be contacted directly to arrange this or any local agent will be able to arrange, some of these are Bell Ingram in Bonar Bridge, and the Balnagown Estates.

Falls of Shin Tourist Guide

Falls of Shin

Falls of Shin is the perfect base for walking and cycling, this is a large network of forest paths, suitable for both walking and family cycling offering a large car park between the visitor centre and the entrance to the forest paths, there is plenty to enjoy and see, with rugged play areas installed for children along the way and plenty of wildlife to catch the eye.

The wildlife is very varied, with many Highland forest bird species present such as Crossbill, Siskin and Goldcrest, many species of mammal are also present, including the somewhat elusive Pine Martin which could be glimpsed if you’re walking first thing in the morning or evening.

  • Falls of Shin Geolocation Latitude 57.96104° N Longitude -4.4084° E
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All the forest paths are clearly marked and there is full information about the forest and routes on signage just after the Falls of Shin car park and before you enter the forest.

The walks are easy accessible for everyone with a nice smooth surface with only three or four steps at the Salmon leap to watch Salmon leaping up the waterfall.

The area around the new centre looks very well kept with different activities in nice weather, there is also a cafe, gift shop and restaurant at Falls of Shin.