Falls of Kirkaig
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
The Falls of Kirkaig are a wonderfully scenic waterfall on the River Kirkaig, south of Lochinver, on the main approach route to Suilven. The walk to the Falls can be combined with a longer walk and ascent of Suilven, or it can simply be a more sedate outing in marvellous Sutherland scenery.
The trail runs along the River Kirkaig at first, and you can catch glimpses of the river through pleasant woodland. Then the ground rises and you emerge onto open moorland. There are marvellous views east along the glen, and you can see the river rushing ahead down on the valley floor.
This is where I usually insert a warning about the need for good waterproof footwear; consider yourself warned! The going is not difficult at all, but can be wet and muddy. Don't even think about walking to the Falls in trainers, like the delightful German mother and daughter I met, who seemed like they were dressed for an outing on Regent Street rather than a Highland walk.
At length the path divides. The signposted right fork takes you down to the Falls, while the left fork proceeds towards Suilven. From this point you really do need to take care; the rocks can be be slippery with water and mud, and as you approach the falls the going gets extremely wet. There is no fencing for safety, so please use commmon sense and do not go too close to the edge. The drop down to the river is precipitous, but the view is spectacular, and the Falls are dramatic and the noise is thunderous.
The walk to the falls is just over 2 miles each way. Count on 3 hours there and back. OS Explorer map 442 Assynt.
About Falls of Kirkaig
Address: Inverkirkaig, Sutherland, Scotland
Attraction Type: Countryside - Waterfall
Location: Free parking at the end of the road at Inverkirkaig. Nearest postcode IV27 4LR.
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Opening Details: Open access site, usually accessible at any reasonable time
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Clachtoll Broch - 7.7 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Ardvreck Castle - 8.7 miles (Castle)
Bone Caves - 9.7 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Stoer Head Lighthouse - 11.5 miles (Historic Building)
North West Highlands Geo Park - 11.8 miles (Countryside)
Eas a Chual Aluinn Waterfall - 12.1 miles (Countryside)
Old Man of Stoer - 12.3 miles (Countryside)
Corrieshalloch Gorge - 25.3 miles (Countryside)
Nearest Accommodation to Falls of Kirkaig:
Nearby accommodation is calculated 'as the crow flies' from Falls of Kirkaig. 'Nearest' may involve a long drive up and down glens or, if you are near the coast, may include a ferry ride! Please check the property map to make sure the location is right for you.
Nearest Self Catering Cottages
Nearest Bed and Breakfasts
Nearest Tourist Information Centre ('as the crow flies')
Assynt Visitor Centre
by Lairg, Sutherland
Highlands and Islands
Tel: 01571 844 194