Saturday, 26 January 2013

The Forests of Inverness - 1

We are going to visit some of the forests around Inverness. Our first post of call is Ord Hill Forest.

Ord Hill is an attractive wooded hillside lying just north of Inverness across the Kessock Bridge.

The main feature of the hill is a vitrified Iron Age Fort, which is particularly interesting because of its extent and because of the views it commands across the Moray Firth to Inverness and the Grampian Hills beyond.

Ord means a 'rounded hill' in Gaelic. Many people have walked these paths before you - this large Iron Age fort has stood watch for over 2,000 years. Ord Hill would have been an impressive sight once. Its stout stone walls and wooden palisade signifying strength and power.

If you are lucky, you may be able to catch a glimpse of the bottle nosed dolphins which are regularly seen in the waters of the inner Moray Firth.

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