News & Events
It has been a busy week here at NHT so far with our AGM on Monday night and a helicopter deer count taking place across the Estate. Fortunately the weather held out just long enough for us to successfully carry out the count. Thanks are due to PDG Aviation Services and Scottish Natural Heritage for their assistance and expertise in helping us get a good picture size of the Red Deer Herd. Below are a few pictures captured during the flights.
We are pleased to release our progamme of guided walks for the 2019 season which will begin on 7th April with walks of all levels there is something for everyone.
We hope that you will be able to join our Ranger Daryll at some point over the season to enjoy spectacular landscape of North Harris.
We are now accepting applications for the tenancy of Flat 2 Tigh An Urrais, a 2-bedroom property above our office in Tarbert. The monthly rental for the flat is £273.15 (exclusive of rates and utilities).
Application forms can be downloaded from the link below or obtained from the North Harris Trust office. Completed applications must be returned to the North Harris Trust or emailed to email@example.com no later than 5pm on Friday 8th March 2019
Over the last few weeks we have been working on a project to draw more people to the woodland at Ardvourlie. The 100ha broadleaf tree plantation was planted as part of the Millenium Forest program some 18 years ago. Despite there being tourist signs on the road next to the Scaladale Centre, the woodland sees very few visitors. With the help of both a university group and local crofter, we have started carrying out routine maintenance on the circular path. Our plan now is to install a building and picnic table, half way round the 60 minute walk.
The Woodland Observatory will sit at an elevated position offering 270 degree views over Loch Seaforth and up the Vigidale valley. Sitting on the existing circular path, the Woodland Observatory will be a signed destination for visitors, allowing them to rest and shelter. They will be able to watch the increasing number of birds in the maturing woodland and learn about the local environment from information panels inside.
The building is currently going through the planning process. More details can be seen HERE with reference 18/00374
Last week we hosted one of the The John Muir Trust work parties. A team of volunteers sign up to learn what’s involved in managing wild land throughout Scotland.
This time, as well as some familiar faces, there were two students that came all the way from Czech Republic to help. During the week there were the ususal beach cleans. The work-party also spent time making some improvements to the path that leaves Huisinis for Traigh Mheilein. We are very grateful for the labour, but also the technical skills that JMT bring with them to Harris.
During the week there was also another overseas visitor at Huisinis. One of the volunteers managed to capture a Rose Coloured Starling amongst the usual residents. This rarity should be in Eastern Europe/Russia at this time of year. Presumably he too had seen all the media coverage of Harris of late and wanted to pay a visit!
The North Harris Trust is proposing to build some mountain biking trails in a few locations around North Harris. The trails will be purpose-built for mountain biking and will be graded for difficulty like ski runs.
Mountain biking is extremely popular in the UK with Scotland rated as one of the best destinations in the world for the sport. Mountain biking is worth millions of pounds to Scotland’s economy annually and has helped small scale regeneration of some local economies.
There are numerous riders on Harris and Lewis both young and old. This number swells during the summer months. Traditionally people have ridden the estate paths until the mountain bike trails in Lews Castle grounds were built in 2014. These trails have proven to be a great success with local cyclists and are frequently used by local activity centres and schools to deliver P.E lessons.
Building mountain bike trails in North Harris would be beneficial in many ways including;
- It would give the local school a new facility to deliver National Curriculum P.E lessons.
- It would encourage cycling and a healthy lifestyle amongst the local population
- Provide a boost to local business
- Be a tourist attraction
- Take pressure (and potential damage) away from walking paths
- Potentially create employment
- Be a venue to hold competitions
- Provide opportunities for people to develop, progress and achieve success at their chosen level of the sport
We are right at the beginning of this project and we need to find out how much local support there would be for such a project. Please could you spare a couple of minutes to complete the survey below.
Join the North Harris ranger service on an amazing walk to the summit of Tiorga Mòr.
The walk will take you up through deserted glens to a pass with amazing views. We will then head up a short section of ridge to the summit.
On the way down we will get some fine views of Sron Uladail, the largest overhanging cliff in the UK.
During the walk we should see some of Harris’s most iconic wildlife– golden and sea eagles, red deer and mountain hares.
Please come prepared for a day in the hills, walking boots are essential.
The walk starts at 10.00 from the track just before Amhuinnsuidhe castle (NB 052 077) off of the B887 road to Hushinish beach.
For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 01859 502222