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Rogie Falls In Scotland – A Complete Guide

Located in the Scottish Highlands, Rogie Falls are a series of waterfalls on the scenic Black Water River. Here is a complete guide.

How To Get To Rogie Falls

Rogie Falls are situated approximately 22 miles north west of Inverness, 2 miles from the village of Contin.

Bus

There is a bus service that runs from the village of Contin which is just over 2 miles from the Falls.

Car

Via A9 and A835 from Inverness, it takes about 30 minutes. (IV14 9EQ is the nearest postcode.)

From Contin, take the A835 road west, heading for Ullapool for about two miles. Before long you will see the sign for the Rogie Falls car park on the left side of the road.

Parking is free in this car park and you’re also allowed to camp overnight in your campervan.

For those short on time, or that prefer everything to be organised for them, there are some awesome tours on Get Your Guide available to book in advance.

Rogie Falls Entrance Fee

It is free to visit Rogie Falls.

Rogie Falls Opening Times

Rogie Falls is open all day, every day.

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Parking up at Rogie Falls car park.
Rogie Falls Camping In Scotland
You can actually stay the night in your campervan!

Best Time To Visit Rogie Falls

If you want to witness the amazing phenomenon of salmon leaping upstream, you need to visit during August and September.

The car park can get quite busy so aim to arrive early.

There are toilets located in the Rogie Falls car park.

The footpaths can become muddy and there are also tree roots to look out for so sensible shoes are recommended.

Rogie Falls was the first official stop on our NC500 itinerary following on from Loch Morlich and Dores Beach which aren’t technically on the trail. Before we headed to Tarbat Ness Lighthouse for the night.

What To Pack

Photography Camera

Tripod

Day Bag

Power Bank

Reusable Water Bottle

Sunscreen

Lightweight Rain Jacket

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Heading through the forest to Rogie Falls.
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The pine trees make for an awesome trail.

What To Expect At Rogie Falls

From the car park, there are a couple of short scenic walks to choose from, to take you to the Falls. The easier yellow route or the blue route which is a bit more rugged.

Along the way you will see information boards that give you facts about the area.

A new suspension bridge has recently been built across the impressive Black Water River. In fact, this bridge allows you to get quite close up to the waterfalls.

The waterfalls are really pretty and the suspension bridge makes a great centrepiece. This, along with the beautiful scenery surrounding the falls make for some great photo opportunities.

In addition, if you visit after heavy rain fall, with the water gushing down from the slopes of Ben Wyvis, the waterfalls are even more sensational.

Also, if you visit during August/September, you have a good chance of spotting the amazing sight of wild salmon leaping upstream!

We stopped at Rogie Falls in the morning, before heading onto Whaligoe Steps and camping at John O’Groats to break up the best things to do on the North Coast 500 nicely.

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Our first glimpse of Rogie Falls.
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The suspension bridge hovers over the falls.
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The view from the bridge.
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Rogie Falls top tier in the distance.
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Big peace signs from the bridge.

Why Do The Salmon Leap Upstream?

Salmon swim and leap upstream as this is part of their reproductive cycle and it helps to ensure the survival of their offspring.

Salmon are anadromous, meaning they are born in freshwater, migrate to the saltwater ocean for most of their adult life and then return to freshwater to reproduce.

This challenging journey is both a form of migration and a way to ensure that the young salmon survive long enough to hatch and grow into adults.

When the young salmon hatch in their home stream, they remember the smell of it. Furthermore, as they migrate downstream towards the ocean, they may even remember certain smells along the way.

Hence, after being away for many years, when these salmon return as adults, they will use those smells to find their home stream.

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The view of the bridge from Rogie Falls.
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The water isn’t the clearest due to the rocks.
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Rogie Falls is tucked away in the middle of the forest.
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A great first stop on the NC500.
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Heading back to the vans through the trees.

Where To Stay In Scotland

Luxury

exploreNESS Apartment

Offering free WiFi and free private parking, exploreNESS Apartment is located in Inverness, just 0.8 miles from Inverness Castle.

The property is less than 0.6 miles from Inverness Museum and Art Gallery and 1.6 miles from Caledonian Thistle.

The apartment features 1 bedroom, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, an equipped kitchen with a dishwasher and a microwave, a washing machine, and 1 bathroom with a shower. Towels and bed linen are provided.

A buffet breakfast is available daily at the apartment.

Mid-Budget

Loch Earn

Located 1.7 miles from Inverness Castle, Loch Earn provides accommodation with free WiFi and free private parking.

There is also a kitchen in some of the units with a dishwasher, a fridge, and an oven.

A continental breakfast is available daily at the bed and breakfast.

Guests can relax in the garden at the property.

Budget

Inverness Youth Hostel

Just 10 minutes’ walk from Inverness Rail Station, Inverness Youth Hostel offers free private parking and bicycle storage.

Eastgate shopping centre is a 10-minute walk from this hostel. Hootananny, a popular music venue, is just 15 minutes’ walk away.

Culloden Battlefield and its visitor centre is just a 10-minute drive away. The banks of Loch Ness and the country village of Dores are both a 20-minute drive away.

All rooms have a shared bathroom. Packed lunch and luggage storage is available on request.

For more places to stay in Scotland, you can check the latest prices on Booking.com.

Planning Your Trip

Book Your Flight

Use Skyscanner to find a cheap flight.

They search websites and airlines around the globe to find you the best possible routes and prices.

Book Your Accommodation

Use Booking.com to find the best accommodation deals.

They consistently return the cheapest rates on everything from guesthouses to hotels for all of your budget needs.

Don’t Forget Travel Insurance

Use SafetyWing to find the best travel insurance for you.

They provide travel and medical incident insurance built specifically for digital nomads.

Travel insurance will protect you against illness, injury, theft, and cancellations.

Book Your Tours & Activities

Use GetYourGuide to book your activities in advance.

They sell the best tours, excursions and activities to attractions around the world.

Conveniently book, download and access your tickets on the move all from your mobile.

Book Your Rental Car

Use RentalCars.com to find the best deals on rental cars in the area.

They compare all major car rental companies and allow you to easily book the perfect vehicle for your trip.

Buy Those Last Minute Bits

Use Amazon to buy everything you need for your adventure.

They offer next day delivery and you can use my travel packing checklist to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything.


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