There are three main walks through the forest, some long, others shorter. In spring the trees are flushing or in bloom and the whole walk is peaceful and enjoyable. In winter it can be beautiful if under snow.It is particularly popular with dog owners.
Some areas have been cut and in others planting has taken place. There are rivulets and ponds and rocky areas. I didn't see any wild life- except a robin.
When you go down the steep Castle Brae heading to the Railway Station, and continue across the playing fields, there is the Suspension Bridge crossing the Tain river. I was always a bit wary crossing the bridge because it sways especially if there is wind, but the water is not deep as far as I can recall. When there, turn and look back at Tain itself perched up the top of the raised beach. You realise then how the water level sank thousands of years ago.
Before the Dornoch Firth Bridge was built, the journey from Tain to Dornoch meant taking the meandering road along the firth as far as Ardgay, and then crossing the bridge at Bonar Bridge, before heading along the other side of the Firth.
In the 19th and early 20th century there was a passenger ferry from Meikle Ferry on the Ross-shire side to Little Ferry on the Sutherland side. In the 19th century there was a terrible disaster when the overloaded ferry capsized and many were drowned.
In the late 20th century the Dornoch Firth bridge completed the chain of bridges from Inverness to the North- The Kessock bridge linking Inverness to the Black Isle, Cromarty Firth Bridge from the Black Isle to near Dingwall, and then the new Dornoch Firth Bridge from two and a half miles north of Tain, to the Sutherland shore.
From the bridge the view north-west takes in Meikle Ferry peninsula and Struie Hill, and to the east Tarbat Ness lighthouse and the North sea.
About 4 miles from Tain going north is Meikle Ferry.There is no ferry there now but once it was the shortest way of travelling from Sutherland to the south. there was a terrible disaster when an overloaded ferry boat taking people from ornoch to Tain Lammas Fair capsized and 99 lives were lost i n 1809 .Only twelve of the people on board survived. For the story see www.ambaile.org.uk
In the 19th century Mussel beds were developed from Tain, and from the 1970s the then proprietor of Meikle Ferry rented the beds and gave the mussel business new life. Tain Council took over a few years back . There is a jetty where the dredger would unload. Nearby is a slipway and a hangar which date back to WWII when the Air Sea Rescue had a base there.
In summer it is pleasant to stroll round to Cambuscurrie Bay, and in the evening watch the sun setting behind Struie hill and the mountains of Sutherland.
You also get a good view of the new Dornoch Bridge.