Walking with nature at Falls of Shin

By Dale Pryde – MacDonald

Falls of Shin Forest

As your vehicle rolls in to the car park at Falls of Shin Visitor Attraction you are met by a green wall of forest bursting with beauty. The forest, which is owned and maintained by Forestry Commission Scotland, has four relaxing and mind clearing walks whether you are on your own or with friends and family.

The walks at Falls of Shin are used regularly by both locals and visitors alike who come to enjoy the vast beauty of the forest. Walking with nature has become a fashionable past time with all ages taking to the outdoors to admire and bask in the beautiful scenery.

As well as the Instagram-friendly views, the Falls of Shin Woodland Walks can also be a great place to bird watch. Many varieties of bird cross the Sutherland area throughout the year with one visitor managing to spot five different birds in one day at Falls of Shin. For our bird watching fans this can be a great way to spend your day. We are also one of very few areas where you can still see the endangered Aspen hoverfly.

Image of waterfall Falls of Shin


There are walks ranging from 0.4km to 2.0km so whether you have 20 minutes free or an hour free there is a walk for you. However, may we suggest the walk called “The Woodland Trail” which will see you walk alongside the River Shin to the mouth of the Falls, where if you are lucky you may get to see the Salmon leaping up – trying to avoid plunging back down in to the whirling spiral visible from the viewing platform.


For more on the walks visit https://scotland.forestry.gov.uk/visit/falls-of-shin