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Our visitor centres are currently closed. Our trails for walking and biking, as well as toilets and car parks, remain open. Plan ahead and enjoy your visit safely.

Munlochy Clootie Well

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COVID-19 update

All FLS visitor centres are currently closed. Walking and mountain bike trails remain open, as do most toilets and car parks, but do check below for local updates for closures.

We want to ensure your visit is an enjoyable and safe one.

Make sure you follow the Scottish Government’s FACTS advice – helping to protect yourself, your family and your local community, and follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code helping to keep Scotland beautiful.

Latest forest information

The Woodland Trail is currently closed as the bridge is in an unsafe condition. The Well Trail remains open.

Visit the well and make a wish in this gentle woodland

Clootie wells like the one here at Munlochy are found in Celtic places like Cornwall and Ireland and are linked to ancient healing traditions. The rag or cloot is dipped in the well and tied to a tree in the hope that a sickness or ailment will fade as the rag disintegrates.

If you want to bring a cloot by all means do – biodegradable cotton or wool are best for the environment.

There's another clootie well in Culloden forest, near Inverness.

Walking trails


Well Trail

A short walk to the colourful clootie well, a tradition dating back to the earliest Celtic times.

Firm gravel surface, with narrow and uneven earth section. Short moderate ramps and some rocky steps. One patch may be muddy.

Moderate trail grade icon
¼ miles / 0.3 km

¼ hour

More information

There's more to the clootie well than a load of old rags! Traditionally the sick offered pieces of cloth to the well's spirit in the hope of a cure. Whether you believe in the curative effects of the magical well or not, this is a powerful and moving place and well worth a visit.


Woodland Trail (closed)

A trail notice is in effect

The trail is closed as the bridge is not in safe condition.

Explore this peaceful Black Isle Wood on a short loop around the Big Burn beneath towering Douglas firs and Western hemlocks. 

Uneven gravel and earth paths with exposed tree roots and muddy sections. Some steep slopes. Includes a narrow bridge and some steps.

Moderate trail grade icon
¾ miles / 1.2 km

½ hour

Facilities & access


Life's essentials

The nearest toilets and places to eat are in Fortrose, Tore or Munlochy.

Getting here

From Tore roundabout take the A832 towards Munlochy. The Clootie Well car park is on your right, about 2¼ miles (3.6 km) along this road, before you reach Munlochy. You'll see the brightly-coloured rags near the car park entrance.

To reach the Littleburn car park turn right about 2 miles (3.2 km) along this road and follow the single track road for just over ¼ mile (400 metres). The car park is on your left.

Using SatNav?

IV8 8PE is the nearest postcode, just beside the Littleburn car park.

Public transport

There are bus services between Inverness bus station and of Munlochy. The Clootie Well is ¾ mile (1.2 km) from the bus stop in Munlochy. You'll find timetables at Traveline Scotland.

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