Walk Distance: 1.3km
Walk Duration: 30 minutes at a steady pace. Allow 50 minutes if walking with toddlers.
Ordnance Survey: OS Landranger 26 Inverness & Loch Ness & 20 Beinn Dearg & Loch Broom , OS Explorer 437 Ben Wyvis & Strathpeffer. If you stick to just the route on this walk though you should be ok as the short forest trails is well marked from the car park.
Suitable for: Babies in slings, good little walkers and older children. The direct route to Rogie Falls and back is possible with a sturdy or off-road pushchair.
Walk Features: Impressive waterfall, possibility to see Atlantic salmon leaping up the falls from July to late September, riverside walking and forest scenery, benches, bridge across the river the kids will love, public toilets.
‘I walked the Rogie Falls route as a stop-off whilst test-driving a sleek new Skoda Superb around the scenic Highlands west of Inverness. Whilst the main path to the falls and salmon viewing area are justifiably popular with visitors, the full loop allows you to enjoy the pretty riverside and forest trails in relative solitude. There are plenty of serious longer walks starting from here too.
The path there and back to Rogie Falls is perfect as a quick leg stretcher if you’re travelling west and its gravel surface is suitable for most pushchairs, though the full route can be muddy and is narrow and uneven in places. Go after rainfall between July and September for a chance to see salmon leaping up the falls to spawn. We were unlucky but it’s a well-known spot for regular sightings.’
The Rogie Falls walk start from the public car park just off the A835. The start of the walk is clearly signposted from the car park and follows a well made gravel trail through the woodland. A short walk brings you to a viewing platform at the egde of Rodgie Falls itself from which you can sometimes see Atlantic salmon attempting to leap upstream to spawn between July and late September. On the far side you will also find a fish ladder that has been purposefully installed to aid the salmon in their ambitious journey.
You can also get some great views from a suspension footbridge that spans the river just downstream of the falls.
After viewing the falls, retrace your route to the viewing area. If you have walked with a pushchair then you will need to return on the original route. Otherwise, with your back to the river, turn right and follow the small path that follows the riverside upstream. There is a small banded wooden marking post next to the narrow trail.
The path weaves along the edge of the river which is wide and peaceful once away from the drama of Rogie Falls. It’s a lovely spot for a picnic although perhaps less so in a bad midgie season.
The walk bends away from the river to the left and head back into the forest on a narrow trail. Keep an eye out for red squirrels. They are common in this area of Scotland although are notoriously shy. There are some lovely views up to the mountains to the right as you head back into the trees.
The woodland trail drops you back to the outward path you took to Rodgie Falls. Turn right onto this path and continue back to the public car park and the end of this walk.
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The Rogie Falls Waterfall Walk starts from the free public car park just off the A835 between Inverness and Ullapool.
Rogie Falls is most easily accessed under your own steam. Public transport here is fairly sporadic.
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