Walk: Enchanted by Rosemarkie's Fairy Glen
|[Fairy Glen lower waterfall]|
Rosemarkie is an intimate, very attractive village crowding around its narrow High Street which doubles as the main road through to Cromarty and the rest of the Black Isle. Beyond the beautifully-kept cottages at the northern end is the car park for Fairy Glen. A good footpath leads from here to a couple of waterfalls in wooded surroundings: not remarkable for their height but there does indeed seem to be a magical feel to the place. As for the fairies: they were once believed to keep the burn clean as the village's water source. It's also an nature reserve and a good place to watch dippers foraging underwater.
Name: Walk: Enchanted by Rosemarkie's Fairy Glen ★★★☆☆
Length: 3 km / 2 miles
Ascent: 100 metres
Points of interest: RSPB Fairy Glen; waterfalls
Start / finish: Car park on the A832 at the north end of Rosemarkie, G.R.: NH 735578 / hillside lightens expansion
Route: There-and-back walk to the two waterfalls in Fairy Glen (the path beyond the second waterfall just leads to a main road).
Terrain: Good path through a wooded valley; some ascent, aided by steps.
Wildlife today: Wagtails and other birds around the burn, but didn't spot any fairies :(
Weather today: Mostly sunny (but shady and cool in the forest), dry.
Name: Rosemarkie ★☆☆☆☆
Description: Well-kept fishing village overlooking the Moray Firth.
Location: G.R.: NH 737577 / double done seashell
Route credit: Walkhighlands