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Guide to foraging with Highland Harvest at Torrin

Enjoy a spot of foraging with Highland Harvest at the Torrin Outdoor Centre on the Isle of Skye

Published: September 17, 2015
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What is it? 

The forage is a chance to join Torrin's Rangers on a series of foraging forays to discover the variety of fare nature has to offer.

How much does it cost?

Adults cost £4.00 with concessions being £3.00.

Tickets for children are also priced at £3.00.

A family ticket costs £11.00 for a fun afternoon in the countryside.

When is it?

The foraging adventure runs on the afternoon of Wednesday, September 30th from 2:00 pm until 4:30 pm.

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Where?

Torrin Outdoor Centre, Torrin, Isle of Skye, IV49 9BA

What can we expect? 

An afternoon of foraging fun and wildlife spotting, the group will depart from the Torrin Outdoor Centre and will be led by a team of experienced rangers. During the walk guests will be shown which items are foragable including plants, fruits, berries and nuts. Wild mushrooms are also in season so guests will be shown which fungi are accessible and which should be avoided.

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There will also be a chance to take in Skye's wonderful wildlife which includes red deer, pine martins, golden eagles and otters.

The last walk, which took place at Achmore, Lochalsh involved Chanterelle, wild raspberries and even ripe cherries. This walk John Phillips, the senior countryside Ranger, believes there will be a great selection of ripe hazelnuts and brambles.

What should we wear?

Obviously, the Rangers will be hoping for warm weather but as it is autumn and it is Skye, there is a good chance the weather may not be fair. As such it is recommended to wear sturdy but comfortable footwear, with robust, warm clothing. Waterproofs might be useful but are not essential.

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Nearby attractions?

If the impressive scenery and foraging trip is not enough to sate your excitement then you can always visit the Blue Shed Café for lunch, the quaint little eatery sits at the head of Loch Slapin and overlooks the beautiful Cuillin mountain range. They offer toasted and regular sandwiches, delicious home-made baking and fresh soups.

Should that not be enough sustenance then why not head to the multi-award-winning Creelers restaurant in Broadford, one of the UK's top seafood restaurants, Creelers serve fresh local seafood, Scottish lamb and beef. Don't worry they also have plenty of vegetarian options.

Finally if you are looking for something a little more exciting you can always go on a wildlife spotting adventure and witness Minke whales, Basking Sharks, Seals, Dolphins, Porpoises, Otters, Sea-Eagles and puffins in their natural habitats with AquaXplore

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