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Munlochy Clootie Well

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COVID-19 update

Enjoy your visit safely:

  • Read our Covid-19 Information in advance of your visit.
  • Most of our forests and facilities are open, but use our website to check before you travel.
  • Do not light campfires or use disposable barbecues.
  • Park considerately, taking care not to park on verges or block gates or roads.

Latest forest information

  • Woodland Trail Update (22 April): We have made a temporary repair to the bridge on the Woodland (Red) Trail. The bridge replacement is taking longer than we anticipated and this repair allows us to open the bridge until that time. Please note the temporary bridge surface may be slippery when wet.

About

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 (2)

Walking

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

Allow
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.

Walking

Woodland Trail

A trail notice is in effect

  • Woodland Trail Update (22 April): We have made a temporary repair to the bridge on the Woodland Trail. The bridge replacement is taking longer than we anticipated and this repair allows us to open the bridge until that time. Please note the temporary bridge surface may be slippery when wet.

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

Allow
½ hour

Facilities and access

Walking
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Life's essentials

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

Car parking information

There is no charge to park in this car park. Please park with care and consideration. In particular please park in designated parking areas only and do not block entrances or gates.

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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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0300 067 6100 (option 1)
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