Walk: Hanging around Rogie Falls

[Rogie Falls]

The countryside north of Contin feels like a step change in landscape. Gone are the rolling acres of farmland and scattered settlements - beyond, you have to go all the way to the west coast before finding a village of any significant size. For scenic beauty however, the first obligatory stop is after only a couple of miles at Rogie Falls. A dramatic suspension bridge hangs over the powerful waterfall amongst spectacular Highland scenery, salmon diverted along an artificial staircase at the side. A path leads directly to the falls, but this doesn't really immerse you in the surroundings. Instead, looping around to a picturesque upper section of rapids gets you in the mood. This way, you also follow the water course downstream to the waterfall - a much more satisfying approach.

[Rogie Falls suspension bridge]

Name: Walk: Hanging around Rogie Falls ★★☆
Length: 2 km / 1 mile
Ascent: 50 metres
Points of interest: Rogie Falls
Start / finish: Rogie Falls car park, on the A835 2 miles north of Contin, G.R.: NH 442586 / gazes sonic alone

Route: Car park - path from the left of the car park (not through the wooden shelter!) - Black Water upstream of falls - Rogie Falls - start. Route erratically waymarked in red, then green, then red (see number 2 here). N.B. Southerly return route from the falls officially closed at time of our visit - use discretion.
Terrain: Narrow but clear paths undulating through forest, occasionally rough.
Wildlife today: A few birds and butterflies, but no salmon.
Weather today: Mostly sunny.

[The green-waymarked path to the Black Water winds through pretty Highland scenery]

Route credit: Forestry Commission (modified)

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