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Blackmuir Wood

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Blackmuir Wood Forest Notices

COVID-19 has changed lots of things we do. And as we re-open the majority of our facilities and welcome more of you back in Phase 3, we need your help to do it safely. Please check what’s open before you travel; enjoy your visit safely by following NHS and Scottish Government guidance; take your litter home with you; and follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.

At this location:

  • The car park is open and normal charges (if any) now apply.

Please bear with us and check back regularly for updates. You can also find more information by visiting our COVID-19 page and our FAQs.

Home of ancient rituals, geology, and mountain views

There's plenty in Blackmuir Wood to bring you back again and again, from the old curling pond by the car park to Touchstone Maze, a fabulous collection of ancient Scottish rocks. You can run along the Cat's Back to the Iron Age hill fort of Knock Farril, or take it more gently on two well-surfaced trails. Either way, you'll enjoy great mountain views, and spectacular sunsets in summer.

Guide map to Forests of Ross and Cromarty (PDF 5.8MB)

Walking trails


Red Kite Trail

A short open loop with good views of Ben Wyvis and an opportunity to see kites and buzzards soaring above the edge of the forest. 

Firm, largely wide gravel surface. Some uneven, loose and slightly grassy sections. Long moderate slopes for up to 700m with short slightly steeper ramps.

1 ¼ miles / 2.0 km

¾ hour

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A short and easy circular route beside a pretty lochan and through an open area of regenerating woodland with summer wildflowers. Catch some spectacular views west to Strathconon, the Fannichs and Ben Wyvis and check the skies for a sharp-eyed red kite looking for prey below.  


Touchstone Maze Trail

Climb up to a remarkable stone labyrinth and find some far-ranging views across the mountains of the north.

Firm gravel surface throughout, with uneven and loose parts. Long moderate slopes for 700m and some slightly steeper sections.

2 ¼ miles / 3.6 km

1½ hours

More information

The Touchstone Maze is a fascinating representation of the variety of rock found across the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. This route to it is a popular running route, and you can make it more demanding by adding the Cat's Back and the Iron Age fort at Knockfarrel.


Touchstone maze

Find out more detail about the rocks that make up the Touchstone Maze with our handy guides

Touchstone maze - basic guide (PDF 284KB)

Touchstone maze - detailed guide (PDF 265KB)

Facilities & access


You'll find public toilets, shops and eating places in the centre of Strathpeffer, less than a mile (1.6 km) from the forest. You can also hire bikes there.

Getting here

From Inverness follow the A9 north to the Tore roundabout. Take the second exit onto the A835 (for Ullapool and Dingwall). Stay on this road for 10 miles (16 km) turning right onto a minor road for Kinnahaird and then right onto the A834 for Strathpeffer. Just as you enter the village there's a large white building on the right and a tourist information sign on the left. Turn right after the building and follow signs to the car park at grid reference NH 478 573.

Using SatNav?

IV14 9BT is the nearest postcode.

Public transport

There are buses from Inverness to Strathpeffer and the car park is less than a mile (1.6 km) from the village centre. You'll find timetables at Traveline Scotland.

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