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COVID-19 and Forestry and Land Scotland

FLS has reduced its operations to felling that is contributing to essential business requirements to help keep Scotland ticking over. Our staff are working from home where possible; staff who are working continue to practise social distancing rigorously following Government and NHS guidance to keep safe.

Fresh air and being outdoors benefits physical and mental health and well-being, and for local visitors the majority of walking trails on Scotland’s national forests and land remain open. Be aware that staff cannot maintain our standard checks and maintenance. All our mountain biking trails and all car parks are closed.

All visitors are reminded to maintain social distance at all times.

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Contin Forest Notice

Due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), all mountain biking trails are now closed.

Home to squirrels, pine martens and a beautiful mixture of trees

Contin has something for everyone who comes here. From a lovely flat, short trail and picnic benches under tall pines, to tough uphill climbs and long views over Strathconon. You can ride a forest road to Rogie Falls, or go foraging in quiet groves of native birch and oak. The forest stretches on for miles and is home to roe and red deer, red squirrels, butterflies and birds.Our map guide will help you discover Contin and the surrounding woodlands.

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

Walking trails


Black Water Trail

Soak up the sounds of the forest and the Black Water river on this gentle stroll through the pines.

Mostly flat, wide and smooth gravel surface. Includes a few short gentle slopes.

Easy (all abilities)
½ miles / 0.7 km

¼ hour

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This short trail is ideal if you have limited time. Small children love spotting red squirrels and gathering pine cones, dogs like the dark mysterious conifer groves and exotic smells. It's definitely one for the whole family to enjoy.


View Rock Trail

Climb through classic pine and heather woodland to reach a rocky viewpoint with lovely views over Strathconon.

Long steep slopes for up to half a mile. Firm gravel surface throughout. Short optional section to viewpoint is rough and rocky.

2 ¾ miles / 4.5 km

2 hours

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You'll pass through different areas of forest including mature oak and birch groves, pine woods where red squirrels scamper and open heather where blaeberries hide in the undergrowth.


Go play!

Cycling or walking through the forest from Contin to Rogie Falls is very popular but you can also make up your own mountain bike route using the network of forest roads and informal paths. You'll come across slippery tree roots, lumpy rocks and some lovely twisting singletrack.

Go wild in winter

If you delight in attempting the impossible on a bike then the Strathpuffer 24 is right up your street. It's probably the only 24 hour mountain bike endurance event where you'll need studs for your tyres and a spare headtorch. Why? Because it takes place in January, when there are fewer than 8 hours of daylight and the trails can be thick with snow.

Facilities & access

Picnic area
Picnic area

The toilets in the car park are currently closed for the winter.

There is a small shop less than a mile (1.6 km) away in Contin and you'll find other toilets, shops and places to eat in nearby Strathpeffer, where there's also an excellent bike shop.

Getting here

From Inverness, follow the A9 north to the Tore roundabout. Take the second exit onto the A835 (for Ullapool and Dingwall) and stay on this road for 11 ¾ miles (18 km). On the far side of Contin you'll see the forest signs on your right. Turn here and follow the road through buildings to the car park at grid reference NH 451 570.

Using SatNav?

Nearest postcode: IV14 9EF

Public transport

There's a regular bus service between Inverness and Contin village, about ¼ mile (1.2 km) from the forest. You'll find timetables at Traveline Scotland.

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0300 067 6100 (option 2)
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