Divach Falls via Craigmonie and Balmacaan Woods

After an extended walk around Craigmonie Woods, quiet country roads lead you to Divach Falls.

Technical sheet
No. 26232939
A Highland walk posted on 30/08/22 by Gillian's Walks. Update : 29/09/22
Calculated time Calculated time: 3h20[?]
Distance Distance : 9.63km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 217m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 209m
Highest point Highest point : 152m
Lowest point Lowest point : 30m
Moderate Difficulty : Moderate
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Highland
Starting point Starting point : N 57.33543° / W 4.480058°
Download : -
Craigmonie Woods

Description

Start: Drumnadrochit Tourist Information car park. (IV63 6TY) Grid ref. NH 50781 29916

(D/A) From Drumnadrochit Tourist Information car park, head right (South) along the A82.

Take the first right (West) onto Pitkerrald Road. You will be following way markers for the Affric Kintail Way at first.

(1) Turn left (South West) at a fork 200m along. The road soon becomes a rougher track and enters Craigmonie Woods.

(2) Almost immediately on entering the woods, turn right (North East) onto a narrow trail which passes a giant redwood tree.

From the tree head North, following the way markers with the red and green stripes.

As you walk up the trail for the next 700m you should keep right at any forks, aiming to stay on the path closest to the edge of the woods. You are following the Affric Kintail Way.

(3) After approx 1.4km, you will reach a fork where you turn left (East) to come off the Affric Kintail Way.

The landscape soon opens up with fields to your right-hand side. For the next 1.5km there will be other path options, but always choose the one which keeps the field close to your right.

(4) After 1.5km the path emerges onto a wider track. Turn right (South) and walk along the track.

(5) When you reach a gate at the entrance (and exit) of Balmacaan Woods, go through the gate then turn right (South West) and follow this track as it zig zags down to a single track road.

(6) Turn right (South West) onto the road - signposted ‘Dhivach’ on a 3-way directional post.

Stay on the road for 1.5km as it crosses the River Coiltie and winds it’s way steadily uphill to Divach Falls car park.

(7) Go through the gate in the car park, as directed by the signpost 'Dhivach Falls 300m'.

(8) Follow the pleasant woodland path down to Divach Falls viewpoint.

Retrace your steps to the car park then back down the single track road to the 3-way directional post (6). This time continue ahead (North East) in the direction of Drumnadrochit.

(9) Stay on this residential street - Balmacaan Road - for 1.3km to reach the A82.

Turn left (North West) and walk along the roadside pavement to return to Drumnadrochit Tourist Information car park (D/A)

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. 31m - Drumnadrochit Tourist Information car park
1 : km 0.59 - alt. 44m - Fork
2 : km 0.98 - alt. 68m - Giant redwood tree
3 : km 2.4 - alt. 111m - Fork - leave Affric Kintail Way
4 : km 4.08 - alt. 101m - Wider track
5 : km 4.32 - alt. 92m - Gate
6 : km 4.59 - alt. 85m - 3-way directional post
7 : km 5.81 - alt. 152m - Gate at Divach Falls car park
8 : km 6.06 - alt. 142m - Divach Falls viewpoint
9 : km 8.96 - alt. 40m - Junction with A82
D/A : km 9.63 - alt. 31m - Drumnadrochit Tourist Information car park

Useful Information

Start: Drumnadrochit Tourist Information car park. (IV63 6TY) Grid ref. NH 50781 29916

Transport

  • Extensive car parking at Drumnadrochit Tourist Information, A82 (IV63 6TX)
  • There is also a bus station in Drumnadrochit with frequent buses from Inverness

Terrain
A mixture of woodland trails and surfaced roads. Quite a lot of ascent and descent, some of it steep.

For more information and a walk review, visit Gillian's Walks

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

During the walk or to do/see around

  • Drumnadrochit - places to eat, shops, accommodation, public toilets, bus station
  • Drumnadrochit Tourist Information office
  • The Affric Kintail Way - long distance hiking route also starts in Drumnadrochit
  • Craigmonie Woods
  • Balmacaan Woods
  • Divach Falls
  • City of Inverness - near by

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