The following information was published in June 2000 by the West Ross Deer Management Group.

HILL WALKERS AND VISITORS

INFORMATION LEAFLET

How Can I Help?

  1. Observe the Highland Year
    April Gathering sheep before lambing; heather burning.
    May Lambing time; nesting time.
    June Gathering sheep for clipping.
    July Gathering sheep for clipping.
    August The stag cull starts.
    September Gathering sheep to take off lambs; the beginning of the rut.
    October 20th The stag cull ends.
    October 21st The hind cull starts.
    November Gathering sheep, before putting out tups.
    February 15th The hind cull ends.
    March Severe weather; deer and sheep at lowest ebb and need shelter; disturb as little as possible.
    This will vary slightly in different areas.
  2. Be Considerate
    • Check to determine whether there are any specific estate activities planned for the day/days in the area where you plan to take off for the hills. A minor adjustment to your plan may help to avoid disruption to the estate work, while ensuring that you have a more enjoyable and rewarding outing.
    • Stay on recognised paths, tracks or routes and leave a note in the house or car describing route, in case of accident.
    • Keep dogs on leads at all times.
    • Be quiet - watch, learn and enjoy.
    • Remember, you are a a stranger in a natural and wild environment. Be as discreet and unobtrusive as you can.
    • Please take all your litter home with you.
    • Avoid the risk of fire.
    • Follow the country code at all times.

  3. Local Help
    • Start at the local Tourist Office to check your route and learn who owns the ground.
    • Call the owner, manager or keeper to check your presence will not disrupt estate activities and finalise your route.

A Code for Walkers and Visitors to Scotland's Hills and Mountains

Approach to the Hills

The approach to the hills is often through enclosed land and settlements. This land is used intensively and so visitors need to take particular care to choose sensible routes.

Care for the Mountain Environment

The mountain landscape is a great attraction for walkers and climbers and it contains important and sensitive habitats and wildlife. You can help conserve it by:

Land Management

The land is a place of work for many, such as farmers or keepers, who depend on it for their livelihood and are responsible for its management.

Consider Others on the Hill

Enjoy the peace and solitude of the hills.

Make sure you are properly equipped and have the skills and fitness necessary for what you want to do in the hills.

We hope you all enjoy your days out and we hope that you understand and will take into consideration some of the management that takes place.

Pine Marten
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