Situated 30 minutes’ drive from Evanton. The Car park for Ben Wyvis is to the east of the road, between Garve and Loch Glascarnoch. Using Sat Nav – IV23 2PG is the nearest postcode, north of the Car park. The 4 miles route to the summit of Ben Wyvis starts from the car park and climbs steeply up An Cabar before heading along the main ridge to the summit. It takes most people about 6 Hours to walk to the summit and back. Jaw dropping views across a sweeping area of the north of Scotland. The mountain is prominent in views of the area, presenting a whale-back shape above the farmland of Strathconon. Ben Wyvis is one of the Munros, a list of Scottish mountains over 3,000ft.
A few miles in the car from Balconie House. Start/finish – Jubilee path car park on the road to Boath, near Alness. Spectacular, extensive views over the Cromarty Firth and Beyond, and Ben Wyvis can be seen clearly, especially impressive if snow covered. The rather bizarre monument on the top of Fyrish hill, a representation of the gate of Negapatam in Madras, India is worth the steep walk for the views alone. The Monument was built on the orders of Sir Hector Munro of Novar in 1782.
Kiltearn Church circuit, Evanton.
A walk that can begin from Balconie House, turn right and walk out of the village until you come to a road on your left after all houses. Follow the footpath sign marked Kiltearn Church, walking along a quiet minor road. Look out for Fyrish monument which is in view on the hilltop to the north. As the road reaches the shore of the Cromarty firth – with the Black Isle seen opposite- it curves left, seals can sometimes be seen swimming just offshore or basking on rocks along the coast to the west. Continue past the old, ruined parish chuch of Kiltearn, along the shoreline continuing to follow signs for Kiltearn church circular walk. Pleasant 3-mile walk, to help discover the local area.
Black Rock Gorge/ Evanton Wood Community Group.
Walk from Balconie House, turn left pass the shop and continue up the hill heading towards an impressive old Chapel which is now a private house. Turn right into Camden Street. Continue to the end of the street and follow the signed track, bends left to head uphill. Soon a juction of tracks are reached with an information board to the right. – this is used by the Evanton Community Woodlands project that manage these woods. There is an amazing adventure playground for the kids. Keep an eye out for community activities organised in this area. Check out the Evanton Wood Community Company online!
Fairy Glen, Rosemarkie.
A 30-minute drive from Evanton. An Easy 2 mile walk up a delightful wooden glen, with two attractive waterfalls. The Fairy was once the scene of a well-dressed ceremony, where the children of the village decorated a poll, next to the spring with flowers. This was said to ensure that the fairies kept the water supply clean. The walk follows a clear footpath throughout, with steps. Car park on right as footpath leaves Rosemarkie towards Cromarty.
Rogie falls has a series of lovely walks on the black water which you can follow to see the waterfall that is famous for salmon viewing. This beautiful spot is situated off the main road to Ullapool just over a mile north west of the village of contin. Very popular tourist attraction.