Black Rock Gorge (Harry Potter)
Less than a 15 minute drive from Dingwall you can find the Black Rock Gorge. If you go on the A862 towards Evanton and then take the first exit on the Cromarty Bridge roundabout on to the A9 - keep going until you see the B817 turn on your left. Follow the B817 into Evanton and there is a public parking on your right (charges may apply - new charges across the Highlands are taking effect in 2018). Cross the road and take the road between the Post Office and the Co-op and turn the first road on your right Camden Street - from there it is signposted. We followed the walking route on
but did go a bit wrong and ended up taking a lovely walk to Mags Wood and even spotted a deer.
The impressive 40m deep gorge is 1.5km long and was created during the Ice Age.
It is a lovely walk around with plenty of trees and the main paths are very flat and easy to walk (although good walking shoes are always recommended). If you want to do the round route that is set out on the walkhighlands site, there are some areas that are a bit uneven and muddy. If you have small children care must be taken as there are unguarded drops into the gorge.
In 2004 filming for Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire took place here.