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Munlochy Clootie Well

Where we are

Notice

We hope you’ve been enjoying the walking trails at your nearby forests during lockdown. As Scottish Government COVID-19 restrictions ease, we look forward to welcoming you back more fully, and are working hard to reopen our facilities as soon as safely possible.

At this location:

  • The car park is open and will be free of charge.

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.


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

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
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 (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
¾ miles / 1.2 km

Allow
½ hour

Facilities & access

Parking
Parking

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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Phone
0300 067 6100 (option 1)
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