Walk: A-maze-ing views on Knockfarrel Ridge

Highland | Strathpeffer | Half day walk | ★★★

[View west along the ridge from Knock Farril fort]

Knock Farril is Strathpeffer's local hill, guarding the town from the south with great views into the Northern Highlands from the top of the broad ridge. Every year it's the location for bonkers hill-running and cycling races, but luckily your visit can be pain-free. This circuit explores most of the ridge, with an almost imperceptible ascent via the delightful Touchstone Maze. This is an interesting stone labyrinth aligned with solstices, festivals and Scotland's geology all in mind - a sign at the site makes you realise just how complicated it is. The east end of the ridge has the best views of the Cromarty Firth, but the west end is the true high point (with views partly obscured by trees). The descent comes as an abrupt contrast to the straightforward preceding terrain, with a steep and narrow path threading through dense forestry to the start.

[Touchstone Maze]

📌 Walk: A-maze-ing views on Knockfarrel Ridge ★★★
Start / finish at Blackmuir Wood car park, off A834 half a mile southwest of Strathpeffer village centre, G.R.: NH 479574 ///digital.incline.fallback

▶ 7 km / 4 mi | ▲ 260 m | ⌚ Half a day | Moderate
Summits: Knock Farril & fort (218 m); Cnoc Mor (269 m, sub-2000') | Features: Touchstone Maze; Knockfarrel Ridge
Terrain: Wide paths and tracks to Knock Farril and Cnoc Mor with gentle ascents. Contrastingly narrow, very steep paths for descent back to start.

Route & map

Car park - Fir Lodge - Blackmuir Wood - Touchstone Maze - Knock Farril - Cnoc Mor via ridge crest - Fir Lodge - start

Route credit: Walkhighlands

On our visit

Wildlife: Forest birds, but mostly quiet.
Weather: Cloudy overhead but with sunshine over Cromarty Firth. Rain at Cnoc Mor. Scottish weather lesson #48 - it's almost never too nice to leave waterproofs in the car....

[Cromarty Firth, seen from Knock Farril fort]


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