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Dingwall Field Club members prepared for midges on ‘summer’ outing!

By Hector MacKenzie

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Dundreggan.Picture: James Mackenzie.
Dundreggan.Picture: James Mackenzie.

DINGWALL Field Club members have been stepping out on day trip adventures and are keen for others to join them.

The June morning stroll was to Kildary Loch, which featured some years ago in the BBC series called The Loch. It was a beautiful sunny morning but maybe not the best for the fisherman casting and hoping for a rainbow trout.

Moorhens were scratching around the edges and we could hear the call of the little grebe as we walked around. There were many flowers.

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The trip to Dundreggan Rewilding Centre on July 6 was to be our Summer Outing with more to see and do than a just a walk. We had a good look around the new visitor centre with help and information from the friendly staff where we learned much about the Trees for Life group and their rewilding activities. Then, we walked.

There are four marked routes to choose from called: Juniper, Oak, Pine and Heather. From gentle, wide, smooth paths to quite steep and narrow and high up the hillside members made their choices and set off – not exactly the best of summer weather but warm and not too wet.

‘Wet and warm’! Yes – the midges liked it too, but we were prepared with creams and sprays! We took our lunches with us and ate sitting on some of the many seats dotted around from which we could admire the beautiful views of Glen Moriston.

There are many signs along the way pointing to what we could see - trees, buildings, flowers and the waterfall and signs of what we might see - like the animals, flowers and birds which come at different seasons.

On return to the centre we had a snack together in the café and compared notes on what had been seen – wildlife or the waterfall, the state of the paths, the height the juniper grew - more like a forest than a shrubbery.

Most members had not been before but some plan to come back with friends to do the walks they hadn’t done. All enjoyed their day very much.

Please join us for the next walks on our Programme – Peffery Way from Fodderty to Dingwall and then the beach at Embo.


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