For a closer look at the plants of the
seashore and dunes or a chance to study the sea birds on the cliffs,
join in on a guided walk with the Rangers. The walks last approximately
3 hours and are run throughout the week in summer.
For further details contact the Tourist
Information Service or the Local Ranger Service
Dunnet & North Coast
Marina Swanson on
01955 607758 or
Bruce Buildings, Sinclair Terrace, Wick, KW1 5AB
North Sutherland Ranger
Paul Castle, 01641 521884
Throughout the school holidays there is
a children's activity group, when we may look at rock pools, woodlands
or mini beasts. For information contact Tourist Information or Local
The sand dunes and links are fragile
habitats and easily damaged. To protect them, no fire-lighting, camping,
vehicular use or uprooting of plants is allowed.
The Country Code
- Keep dogs under control
- Leave gates as you find them
- Take your litter home with you. Keep
the land tidy.
- Take only photographs. Leave only
- Guard against fire.
- Park your car with care and thought
The Ranger Service is funded by Highland
Council and grant-aided by Scottish Natural Heritage.
The Visitor Centre and Nature Reserve
are off the Thurso to John O'Groats road, about thirty minutes' drive
from Thurso. There is a grid system of paths within the forest,
providing pleasant walks of varied lengths. There is no access to the
other areas of the Dunnet links Nature Reserve lying east of the road.
Caravan Site Pictures
A camp site is located beside the Ranger Station and is
run by the
Club. Set near the sand dunes on Dunnet Bay its a great
List of Caithness Campsites
Is In Dunnet?
Take a look at more of the
Marina Swanson's New Zealnd Trip
Mary Legg Highland Ranger In Caithness
Tells of Her Taste of Argentina In 2001
Ranger Areas In Highland
Watch Our Wildlife - Winter
Watch Our Wildlife -
Watch Our Wildlife - Summer
Ranger photos and information often being added to the new Community Section
24 July 07
At Melvich And Another Chance For Kids To Join In At Dunnet Forest
The Highland Council North Sutherland
and Caithness countryside rangers, with help from volunteers held a joint
Viking event - Viking Ventures - at Melvich, on Saturday 21 July. Nineteen people attended the event and had a
great time partaking in the various themed challenges to win sections of
Viking boat kits which were then assembled....There is another opportunity to join in the
fun as the event is taking place again but this time in Caithness
on Tuesday 7 August at Dunnet Forest. For further details and booking
phone 01847 821531..........
24 July 07
Seadrift Centre At Dunnet Officially Opened
the visitor centre at Dunnet that focuses on the natural heritage of the
north coast of Caithness was officially opened to the public on Monday
23rd July by Councillor Drew Hendry, Highland Council's Chairman of
Planning Environment and Development Committee. Managed by The Highland
Council's Planning and Development Service, "Seadrift" is the new name for
the recently refurbished visitor centre. The centre has seen a complete
makeover with £100,000 funding from The Highland Council, Scottish Natural
Heritage, LEADER+ and HIE Caithness and Sutherland. Located at Dunnet
sands about one mile from the village of Dunnet, Seadrift visitor centre,
is also used as a base for Highland Council's Rangers.
Saturday 21st July 10.30am.
Saturday 21st July 2007
Melvich Beach car park.
Have a great fun day as two teams compete in the various challenges
to win sections of 2 Viking long boats and let’s see which of the
teams can assemble their boat first. Events include physical and
mental challenges all with a Viking theme. All materials are
provided but bring along your thinking caps and lots of enthusiasm.
Will best suit kids from 8 – 14 yrs (any younger kids must be
accompanied by an adult) £2 per child.
This event is run as a joint event with the North Sutherland ranger,
Caithness rangers and volunteers.
There will be limited numbers able to participate and booking is
Details and booking Tel:
Paul Castle, North Sutherland Ranger 01641 521884
Mary Legg, Caithness North Ranger 01847 821531
2 April 07
Making Things From Natural Materials
11.00am to 1.00pm
Meet Dunnet Forest car park
As part of Highland 2007
Working with artist Tim Johnston
For children aged 8 to 12 years
Booking essential tel 01847821531
19 March 07
Wheel and Trek Past
A Challenge For Horse Riders and Cyclists
5th May 2007 11am
Self guided challenge for horse riders and cyclists. Bring your own cycle
or horse and enjoy a circular trail around forest/open hill tracks in a
striking area of Caithness. Cycle this 26km (16miles) route or enjoy it on
horse back. Using a map find the stations marked and answer questions
about wildlife or the Scottish Outdoor Access Code. The event is part of
the Scottish Outdoor Access Festival. Separate parking is available for
cyclist’s vehicles and horse boxes.
8 March 07
Duncan - Temporary Ranger In Caithness
Duncan has recently moved to Wick to take up the post as East
Caithness Countryside Ranger for the Highland Council. She is
covering Marina Swanson’s maternity leave for the next few
months and hopes to get to know all there is to know about this
fantastic region of the Highlands. Lindsey’s main passion in
life is the outdoors. From childhood she gained a love of all
things natural and loved to be in the wilds. She was born and
has grown up in the Highlands. Her family home is still in the
small village of Balloch on the outskirts of Inverness. She
spent much of her youth horse-riding and boating around the
north-west coast of Scotland with her family.
8 March 2007
Caithness Critters Club Membership Now Open
The Critters Club
membership is currently open as some of the older members have moved on
and is looking for new mebers between the ages of 8 and 14 to take part in
some of the coming events.
For more details contact the Ranger Service at Wick. The Caithness Critters is a local
children's nature group run by the Highland Council Ranger Service.
The club is open to children aged 8 to 14 with an interest in wildlife &
the environment. The club meets on a regular basis & aims to
encourage greater appreciation for the environment and wildlife by raising
awareness at an early age. the next event is on Saturday 10th March
at Latheron Woodland