Hill Walking

There is a huge emphasis on walking in Garve and the surrounding area, mostly due to the fantastic scenery and the variety on offer. The Forestry Commision specially constructed walkways are a walker's paradise and of special interest to wildlife enthusiasts, particularly Rogie Falls. The walkways take you to Silverbridge and Rogie Falls whilst more experienced walkers can tackle Ben Wyvis, The Fannichs and The Dearg. Silverbridge and Strathpeffer via Rogie Falls can be reached from Garve Hotel and the link below contains detailed information relating to the distance from Garve, the length of the walks and recommendations.

http://www.forestry.gov.uk/scotland

There are many walkways within close proximity to Garve Hotel. Torrachilty Forest is 7km from Garve making it an ideal location to explore the beautiful scenery. The woodland is approximately 3’300 acres and has a variety of rare animals including the wildcat and the pine martin. Walkways starts from Contin and Rogie Falls:

Contin
The Contin walkways are located in the Torrachilty Forest and the car park for the Contin walks is located less than one mile from the village of Contin.
Take the A835 road west from Contin to a point about 200 metres beyond the 30 mph speed limit. At the green Forestry Commission Scotland sign, turn right. Continue along this road for half a mile past some wooden buildings to the car park.

 Red Trail: 0.5 miles and takes approx 25 minutes to complete.
This is a short level trail running through the woodland just beyond the car park.  The trail runs from the picnic area through the semi-mature larch trees to the hard track.  It then loops back round to the car park above Blackwater River.
View Rock Green Trail:  2.5 miles and takes 2 hours approx to complete.
The green trail is a more energetic walk climbing up through the forest to the lovely vantage point which is the ‘views rock.’
Directions:  follow the path from the car park up through the woodland to where it meets the forest road.  Turn left and then branch off right after about half a mile.  Continue up the path until it becomes narrow and then continue on the top of View Point. 

Rogie Falls

Attention:  Forest operations at Rogie Falls

Work has now started on the new path to the falls. While work is in progress part of the trail is closed. Signs are in place to keep you on the right trail.  There will be still a route open to the falls, which starts at the toilet block, and will add approx 10 mins to your walk. The car park will remain open.
Blue Trail:  3.75 miles and takes approx 2.5 hours to complete.
The route runs from Rogie Falls car park to the Forestry Commission car park at Contin.  From the car park follow the blue trail down through the birch trees to the suspension bridge over the Falls.  Take the wide track which leads to the forest road and turn right along this road through the spruce and pine trees as far as Torrachilty Forest Offices and Contin car park.

Green Trail:  0.75 miles and takes approx 45 mins to complete.
Take the footpath behind the toilet block and follow the green route until you reach the suspension bridge.  Instead of crossing the bridge, take the second viewpoint above the falls which leads to an information panel.  Follow the green routes along the west bank of the river, through a 90 degree loop and back to the car park though the mixed woodland and another small viewpoint.

Red Trail:  0.75 miles and takes approx 45 mins to complete.
Start by following the path past the toilet block, through a wooden barrier and continue through a plantation of conifer and broadleaf woodland. 
The first viewpoint is soon reached and has an information panel containing history of the area and river. Continue down some stone steps, either turn left to go to the car park or turn right to continue to the suspension bridge over the falls.  Cross the bridge and follow the red route up river for 200 metres to the end of the walk. Return on the same route.

Blackmuir Wood – 10km from Garve
Blackmuir Wood forms the southern part of the Victorian town of Strathpeffer.  The wood contains a network of forest trails which lead ultimately to Knock Farril Hill and the Iron age Fort.  Views from the ridge are quite spectacular.  The stone maze is within the woodland and was built with 81 stones, all of which from the Highland and Island region.
*The path between the RADAR car park and the stone maze is suitable for wheelchair use*

Blue Trail – closed until further notice due to Forestry Commission work. The trail is 3.75 miles and takes approx 2H and 45mins to complete. Start the trail at the pond car park in Blackmuir wood.  The Blue Trail follows the Green Trail to the stone maze and the forest road.  Please note the route is not marked along the ridge at knock Farril Hill.  There is an Iron Age Fort on top of Knock Farril Hill which is a Scheduled Ancient Monument. 

Green Trail:  2 miles and takes approx 1h 15 mins to complete.  Start the trail at the pond car park in Blackmuir Woods. The green Trail goes past the pond and along the road before entering the forest.  The trail goes through the forest before reaching an opening giving stunning views of Strathpeffer.  Take time to visit the stone maze where there are interpretation boards to help people enjoy the unique feature.  The trail goes from the maze to the forest road which is followed until it re joins the red trail and the car park.

Red Trail:  0.5 miles and takes approx 30 mins to complete.
Leaving the carpark the Red trail goes past the pond along the forest road and into the forest. Turning right it brings you to the forest road, which you simply follow back to the carpark.

Ullapool (32 miles from Garve)

Ullapool Hill is a must for all visitors to the area. Allow two hours to get to the top of the hill and back. There is a longer circular route - about three hours - by turning right after leaving the top of the hill towards Loch Achall, then returning by Rhiddorroch Estate road.

RATED EASY

Stac Pollaidh

The small mountain of Stac Pollaidh, with breathtaking views out over the Inverpolly Nature Reserve and Suilven is 1800 ft high. Allow at least 2 hours. Take the rocky and well-defined paths, which at first glance seem to be heading right up the front of Stac Pollaidh. You have a choice whether to tackle the short and steep scramble up to the narrow ridge or take the longer but less steep pathway.

Ben Mor

From Ullapool head north towards the Coigach and Assyntt mountain ranges to find Ben More Coigacg. Part of the lower slopes is RSPB Reserve, the views extend out to the summer Isles and on a really clear day from the west the outer Hebrides can be seen. The ridge of Ben More Coigach stands almost 2500 feet high and runs for several miles.

Corrieshalloch Gorge National Trust
Nature Reserve, Braemore, Ross SHire, IV23 2PJ
Tel: 08444932224, E: inverewe@nts.org.uk, W: http://www.nts.org.uk/property/65/

 

 

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