Falls of Kirkaig
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
To reach the falls you have to take the Inverkirkaig road south from Lochinver and park at a small paved parking area just before the bridge over the river. There is a signposted trail beside the driveway to the Inverkirkaig Hotel. The route starts on a paved path but quickly changes to a rough track.
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 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 common 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 two miles each way. Count on three hours there and back. Use the OS Explorer map 442 Assynt.
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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
Culag Woods - 2.7 miles (Countryside)
Little Assynt (Leitir Easaidh) - 6.6 miles (Countryside)
Knockan Crag National Nature Reserve - 7.4 miles (Countryside)
Clachtoll Broch - 7.7 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Ardvreck Castle - 8.7 miles (Castle)
Bone Caves - 9.7 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Wailing Widow Falls - 10.8 miles (Countryside)
Stoer Head Lighthouse - 11.5 miles (Historic Building)
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.