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Jubilee Path up Cnoc Fyrish

By Julian Paren

Cnoc Fyrish provides a fine viewpoint of the Cromarty Firth and the marine activity in its waters. A folly graces the summit of the hill.

The Fyrish Monument is a monument built in 1782 on the orders of Sir Hector Munro, 8th of Novar, a native lord of the area who had served in India as a general. As the local population were being cleared off their land, employment was a problem and so it was built to give the locals some work. It was said that Sir Hector rolled stones from the top of the hill to the bottom, thereby extending the amount of time worked and paying the labourers for additional hours. It represents the Gate of Negapatam, a port in Madras, India, which General Munro took for the British in 1781.

The walk provides a gentle ascent through Pine woods before emerging into open moorland where natural regeneration has been allowed to proceed. There is a small lochan beside the path surrounded by fine trees. A number of circular walks are possible, and the shortest that avoids an out and back by the same route adds a trivial distance and spends longer in the more open moorland. So, it does make sense to choose the diversion on the return route. Not far from the car park are numerous bilberry bushes.

The walk was 4.3 miles and with plenty of time studying the ecology took 2 hours 20 minutes. You can see this trip plotted on a map on the Geo-trips page Link .

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Tue, 23 May 2017 at 23:38
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