Walk: Golspie's (small) Big Burn

Highland | Golspie | Short walk | ★★★★

[Big Burn waterfall]

The huge size of the boulders in the stream bed are usually the only thing hinting that Golspie's Big Burn may actually be well-named. Popular paths lead from the A9 to a dramatic gorge-like stretch of water course, criss-crossed by footbridges often sandwiched between vertical rock walls. The climax is a waterfall that's hidden until the last moment and too tall to be captured in a single photo. Much more straightforward than the longer hill and coastal walks in the area, with the dense tree cover making it suitable for a wet day.

[Millpond (or curling pond?) on the return]

📌 Walk: Golspie's (small) Big Burn ★★★★
Short / finish at Big Burn car park, A9 half a mile east of Golspie village centre, G.R.: NC 840006 ///recount.richest.snowstorm

▶ 3 km / 2 mi | ▲ 80 m | ⌚ Short | Moderate
Features: Big Burn viaduct, gorge & waterfall
Terrain: Slightly muddy paths through woodland, steep especially after waterfall.

Route & map

Car park - Big Burn viaduct (cross footbridge) - Big Burn gorge - Big Burn waterfall via path closest to burn - retrace steps slightly then ascend to cross burn above waterfall - millpond via higher path on east side - viaduct - start


Route credit: Walkhighlands

On our visit

Wildlife: Forest birds; a few ducks on the millpond.
Weather: Cloudy with occasional brighter spells, temperatures in mid-teens.

Also on this walk

📌 Big Burn waterfall ★★★
Off minor road 1 mi north of Golspie village centre, G.R.: NC 835014 ///flags.quicker.grafted
Always open | Free

💬 If not doing the full walk, the waterfall is a 5-min walk (each way) on a steep path from a car park at G.R.: NC 837013 ///regaining.moving.cars using part of the route described above, but in reverse.

[Railway viaduct over the Big Burn]

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