Rogie Falls

Contin, Scotland, UK (Great Britain)

About Rogie Falls


Hiking Distance: 0.6 miles loop
Suggested Time: 30-45 minutes

Date first visited: 2014-08-27
Date last visited: 2014-08-27

Waterfall Latitude: 57.58924
Waterfall Longitude: -4.60249

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Rogie Falls (pronounced “ROH-ghee”) was actually a bonus waterfall that Julie and I hadn’t even counted on seeing when we made plans to visit Scotland in August 2014.

In fact, we didn’t even know it existed as this seemingly well-known waterfall somehow eluded us in our trip research!

Rogie_Falls_047_08272014 - Rogie Falls
Rogie Falls

However, that all changed after we noticed mention about it both in the local literature and by word-of-mouth from local Scots during our travels throughout Scotland.

We also saw a road sign for it while making the long drive to Durness from Inverness.

So I guess you can say that all of this serendipitous reinforcement ultimately got us to pursue Rogie Falls, especially since we had some spare time to do it on our last full day staying in Inverness.

Rogie Falls and Salmon

Apparently, the claim to fame of this roughly 30ft waterfall on the river Black Water was that it was a well-known route of salmon making the arduous swim from the North Sea towards spawning grounds in this part of the river.

Rogie_Falls_044_08272014 - Looking down at a side stream that seemed to support the salmon ladder adjacent to the Rogie Falls
Looking down at a side stream that seemed to support the salmon ladder adjacent to the Rogie Falls

A salmon ladder was built to make it easier for salmon to continue their journey further upstream to lay eggs or to spawn.

Such ladders were basically an alternate man-made watercourse with less severe drops running alongside the main cascade (something we had seen a lot of in Norway).

I wasn’t fortunate enough to see any of the salmon do their thing even though I was well within the typical July-September spawning run.

However, the scenery here was quite nice as well.

The Rogie Falls Experience on the Salmon Trail

Rogie_Falls_020_08272014 - Approaching the suspension bridge over the Black Water River fronting the Rogie Falls
Approaching the suspension bridge over the Black Water River fronting the Rogie Falls

From the well-signed and fairly spacious car park (see directions below), I took the short Salmon Trail, which was said to be only a half-mile circuit.

I walked the circuit in a clockwise manner since it wasn’t very obvious at first how to do the trail going in the other direction.

The path was a pleasant nature walk partially shaded amongst the trees of the Forest of Ross as it eventually went downhill towards the banks of Black Water.

It was barely 10-15 minutes before I ultimately was able to see the Rogie Falls as well as the suspension bridge spanning Black Water.

Rogie_Falls_043_08272014 - View of Rogie Falls from the suspension bridge with some people precariously resting on some rocks for a sense of scale
View of Rogie Falls from the suspension bridge with some people precariously resting on some rocks for a sense of scale

As I was walking the bouncy suspension bridge, that was when I noticed there was a gate in the middle of it.

Behind the gate was a path leading down closer to the salmon ladder, which was right next to and below the far side of the suspension bridge.

I had to be careful here as there were some exposure to dropoffs plunging right into the river.

When I had my fill of taking frontal photos of Rogie Falls from the suspension bridge, I then returned back across the suspension bridge to continue along a rocky and not-so-obvious path hugging some fencing along the Black Water River.

Rogie_Falls_078_08272014 - View of Rogie Falls from the Raven's Crag viewpoint
View of Rogie Falls from the Raven’s Crag viewpoint

After another 5-10 minutes, I then found myself at a more distant lookout called the Raven’s Crag.

This lookout allowed me to look back at Rogie Falls fronted by the suspension bridge.

The rest of the walk was gently uphill, and before I knew it, I was back at the car park from its southern end.

Overall, I spent about 50 minutes away from the car, but I took my time taking photos and just enjoying the nature walk.

Therefore, the time commitment here could easily be as little as 20-30 minutes.

Authorities

Rogie Falls resides near Contin in the Ross-shire, Scotland. It is administered by Forestry and Land Scotland. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, visit their website.

Rogie_Falls_004_08272014 - The gently descending walk to Rogie Falls as I did the Salmon Trail clockwise
Rogie_Falls_015_08272014 - My first look at Rogie Falls before I got onto the suspension bridge
Rogie_Falls_021_08272014 - Approaching the suspension bridge spanning the Black River
Rogie_Falls_023_08272014 - Frontal look at Rogie Falls from the middle of the suspension bridge
Rogie_Falls_026_08272014 - Angled contextual view of Rogie Falls from the near side of the suspension bridge
Rogie_Falls_027_08272014 - Portrait shot of Rogie Falls from the same spot on the suspension bridge revealing shadows from the bridge itself
Rogie_Falls_030_08272014 - Looking towards Rogie Falls and an intermediate cascade in the Black Water River immediately downstream of it
Rogie_Falls_035_08272014 - Frontal portrait view of Rogie Falls from the middle of the suspension bridge
Rogie_Falls_051_08272014 - Looking back at the Rogie Falls from the near side of the suspension bridge with some people on the rocks in the foreground for a sense of scale
Rogie_Falls_057_08272014 - Looking downstream along Black Water from the suspension bridge
Rogie_Falls_067_08272014 - Some graffiti that I noticed while going beneath the suspension bridge to get closer to the salmon ladder
Rogie_Falls_070_08272014 - Partial side view of Rogie Falls from the far side of the suspension bridge
Rogie_Falls_072_08272014 - Looking up at the suspension bridge from the salmon ladder area by Rogie Falls
Rogie_Falls_074_08272014 - This was the forested trail leading me towards the Raven's Crag, but getting here from the suspension bridge wasn't very obvious

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To drive to Rogie Falls from Inverness, I took the A9 roughly 6-7 miles over the Beauly Firth to the roundabout with the A835 road near Tore.

Going left onto the A835, I continued about another 13.5 miles to the well-signed car park on the right for Rogie Falls.

Rogie_Falls_001_08272014 - The pretty spacious car park for Rogie Falls right off the A835
The pretty spacious car park for Rogie Falls right off the A835

This car park was about 1.6 miles past the town of Contin and nearly 8 miles past the A835/A862 junction at Maryburgh.

This drive took me roughly 35 minutes (including some rush hour traffic in Inverness).

For some geographic context, our base of Inverness was 65 miles (about 90-120 minutes drive) northeast of Fort William, 155 miles (3.5 hours drive) north of Edinburgh and 169 miles (3.5 hours drive) north of Glasgow.

Left to right sweep of the falls following along Black Water before ending towards the suspension bridge spanning the river


Sweep of the falls as seen from the suspension bridge spanning the Black Water before ending with a sweep of the salmon ladder

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Tagged with: contin, ross-shire, inverness, scotland, uk, united kingdom, highlands, waterfall, salmon, ladder, black water, ravens crag



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