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Raven's Rock

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Raven's Rock Forest Notices

COVID-19 has changed lots of things we do. And as we re-open the majority of our facilities and welcome more of you back in Phase 3, we need your help to do it safely. Please check what’s open before you travel; enjoy your visit safely by following NHS and Scottish Government guidance; take your litter home with you; and follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.

At this location:

  • The car park is open and normal charges (if any) now apply.

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.

Descend down by Allt Mor burn into Raven's Rock Gorge

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.

Guide map to Forests of the Far North (PDF 6MB)

Walking trails

Walking

Raven's Rock Gorge Trail

Descend into the magical depths of the gorge, where there is a picnic area shrouded by beech and Douglas firs. Look out for bears! 

Smooth gravel surface throughout. Steep slope down into gorge.

Moderate
½ miles / 0.8 km

Allow
½ hour

Walking

Pine Wood Trail

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.

Moderate
½ miles / 1.0 km

½ hour

Facilities & access

Parking
Parking
Picnic area
Picnic area

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.

Getting here

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 car park is at grid reference NC 497 008.

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The nearest postcode to Raven's Rock is IV27 4EU, but this covers a wide area of minor roads.

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