Black water and Rogie Falls circular

Walk along Black Water river and explore Rogie Falls walking through the pine and heather Torrachilty Forest.

Technical sheet
No. 27066999
A Highland walk posted on 21/09/22 by Delphinium. Update : 22/09/22
Calculated time Calculated time: 2h00[?]
Distance Distance : 5.54km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 139m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 130m
Highest point Highest point : 166m
Lowest point Lowest point : 95m
Moderate Difficulty : Moderate
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Highland
Starting point Starting point : N 57.57689° / W 4.591154°
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View from the side of Rogie falls View above the suspension bridge Rogie Falls Suspension bridge

Description

Start : Contin car park, Grid Ref. NH459561

(D/A) The walk starts all the way straight ahead at the end of the car park. With the toilets in your back, go straight forward towards the single gravel track with two big stones on your left hand at its start. Follow this flat gravel track with Black Water river (behind the trees) on your left-hand side.

At the two next path junctions, keep straight with the river on your left-hand side. The river is your guideline for a while. The path will start to go uphill with some views on your left. Be careful, there are many roots on this single track. When you start to see some steep paths going down to your left, keep straight as they only go to the stream. This stream on your left hand is your guideline until you reach a wide forest track at the top of your hill.

(1) Turn left here and walk along this wide gravel path. At the next junction, keep straight downhill.

(2) Do not worry, you are going to walk on this path for quite a while so keep alert as on the way down there is a wooden signpost on your right writing "Rogie Falls". At this signpost, turn left. Keep straight down the hill until you reach a junction with the river where you go left away from the iron bridge on your right. Now, you have the gorge on your right-hand side. Walk on the boardwalk to reach the suspension bridge. As you cross it, enjoy the view of the waterfall.

(3) When you get to the end of the bridge, go up this hill and find an observatory on your right. Walk past the information board to find a single track with the water on your right-hand side. On the way, you can spot some views of the waterfall while walking at the riverside. At some stage, the single track goes up into the woods with back to the riverside. Be careful here, the terrain has roots and stones.

At the next junction keep left and keep walking on the obvious path as it is going down and up the hill until you see a bench. At the junction, turn right in front of the bench. Carry on walking in the same direction back to the car park. On the way, you will pass another bench. From the car park, with your back to the road, walk right down under the wooden arch towards the toilets. Follow the path going up the hill on the right side of the toilets. Walk down the hill. On your way, you can hear the road on your right-hand side. You passed a bench on your way down. When you see some stairs, go straight left down the stairs.

There is a view above the falls from here with an information board. From the viewpoint, walk up the stairs again and go right towards the second set of stairs with a wooden handrail then straight again with a wooden handrail right up stairs again. At the next junction, keep left, and at the second one turn right towards the suspension bridge. You can cross the bridge, walk down the stairs and walk on the boardwalk. Walk back up the hill you came from to reach the wide track again.

(2) This time, turn right and follow this forest track straight at the next two junctions, even the one you came up from on your way up. (1) Ignore side paths and keep an eye as you go straight past a wooden signpost.

(4) Straight after this wooden signpost, search for a hidden single track downhill into the woods on your right. Go right and after a few paces, right again downhill. Be careful, this is a shared path where you can meet potential bikes. This is a single track going quite steep downhill with many roots on the way so stay alert. At the next junction, keep right down the hill. Go straight to the next one and again towards a bench you start to see down the bottom of the hill.

(5) At the next path junction, with a wooden signpost with a red line on top, turn left. Now you have your back facing the bench. You are now entering a wide open area, walking at the edge of the forest on your left-hand side. Go past two carved bears on your left .

(6) At the last junction, turn right back to the toilets and Contin car park. (D/A)

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. 95m - Contin car park - Toilets
1 : km 0.88 - alt. 144m - Forest gravel path
2 : km 1.69 - alt. 147m - Wooden signpost "Rogie Falls"
3 : km 2.06 - alt. 121m - Suspension bridge - Observatory
4 : km 4.76 - alt. 166m - Wooden signpost - Junction
5 : km 5.22 - alt. 104m - Wooden signpost red line top
6 : km 5.46 - alt. 99m - Path junction
D/A : km 5.54 - alt. 99m - Contin car park - Toilets

Useful Information

Start : Contin car park, Grid Ref. NH459561
Parking : Contin car park, Grid Ref. NH459561, free of charge
Facilities : Toilets, picnic area
Terrain : Loose gravel trail with no gates. Long gradual climbs and some shorter steep sections with roots.

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During the walk or to do/see around

Rogie Falls and suspension bridge.

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