Wednesday, 18 May 2022
Tweed Valley Osprey Project Co-ordinator, Di Bennett, brings us the latest update from the nest....
The forest at Raven's Rock is a beautiful mixed woodland enclosing a magical steep-sided gorge. Lush green mosses and ferns hang from the gorge walls and plump blaeberries cover the forest floor in summer. In autumn, colourful fungi carpet the woodland.
Sadly, some of the original path here has been lost under a landslip and some of the larger trees have fallen. Raven's Rock is open again and instead of one long circular path, there are two shorter paths for you to enjoy. This gorgeous hidden gem is full of secret surprises and loved by all who come here.
A gentle wander through the pines to reach a couple of dramatic viewing areas above the gorge.
Firm, largely smooth gravel surface. Some short fairly steep slopes.
There's a small hotel in Rosehall village, a café (summer only) nearby, and public toilets 6 or 7 miles (9.6 or 11.2 km) away in Bonar Bridge and Lairg.
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.
From Bonar Bridge take the A836 northwest, turning left onto the A837 towards Lochinver after 4 miles (6.4 km). Follow this for 6 miles (9.6 km) until you see the Raven's Rock forest sign. Turn right here: the forest entrance is on your left about a mile (1.6 km) after the junction.
From Lairg follow the A839 south west for just under 6 ½ miles (10.4 km). Turn left onto a minor road before the bridge (signposted Rosehall) and follow this for ¾ mile (1.2 km) until you see the forest entrance on your right.
The nearest postcode to Raven's Rock is IV27 4EU, but this covers a wide area of minor roads.
Ancient woodland, Atlantic salmon and thundering falls
Ancient monuments, scenic views and gentle lochside trails