Wander through the gentle woodland beside the swirling Black Water river and remember that this peaceful place once pulsed with the sounds of cattle and soldiers. One of the two arched stone bridges on the circular trail was built by the army, and drovers (cattle herders) later rested thousands of animals here on the long walk to southern markets. Today only birdsong and river music break the peace.Our map guide will help you explore Little Garve as well as more wonderful woodlands.
Wander beside a series of peaty pools and gushing rapids along the Black Water River between the historic Wade’s Bridge and Silverbridge.
Moderate and steep slopes and several flights of uneven steps. Includes sections of rough and uneven earthy and rocky path. Some narrow sections.
Allow 1½ hours
This is a gorgeous trail any time of year, but in autumn the native trees are particularly colourful and high water levels make the river roar. You can start and finish this trail from either end.
You can park and picnic at both ends of this circular trail, in Little Garve and in Silverbridge. There are public toilets at nearby Garve village hall and also at Rogie Falls (summer only).
You'll find other toilets, shops and places to eat in Strathpeffer and Dingwall.
From Inverness, follow the A9 north to the Tore roundabout. Take the second exit onto the A835 (for Ullapool) and stay on this road for about 18 miles (28.8 km). About 2 miles (3.2 km) after Garve you'll see forest signs to Little Garve on your right. Turn here and follow the minor road to the car park at grid reference NH 395 629.
To start from Silverbridge, continue on the A835 for another mile. The car park is on your left at grid reference NH 404 640.
Nearest postcode: IV23 2PU
There are train and bus services from Inverness to Garve, just under 2 miles (3.2 km) from the car park. See Traveline Scotland for details.
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