A couple who were told to allow bikers and horse riders access to their Black Isle wood are to appeal against the court decision.

Graham and Margot Tuley took over Feddonhill Wood from its previous owners, the Forestry Commission. Highland Council served a notice ordering them to take down barriers preventing riders using paths in the wood. A sheriff at Dingwall Court backed the council’s decision.

Now the Tuleys say they will contest the judgement. They say they are worried horses will damage drains on the site. Broomhill Farm, near the wood, has stables for more than 60 horses. The Tuleys argue that walkers can still use the paths and that there are other tracks in the wood more suitable for horses and cyclists.

The Ramblers’ Association in Scotland said it welcomed the original judgement, which showed ‘a good understanding of the legislation and supported the local authority in its position to uphold access rights’.

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