Geo-Trips :: Circular walk by the River Beauly from Black Bridge

The Lovat Estate, Beauly

A walk from Black Bridge, near Wester Balblair, Wed, 20 Nov 2019 by Julian Paren

A circular walk beside the River Beauly above Lovat Bridge used to be possible by parking a car near Lovat Bridge at the entrance to the estate. The Laird has now closed the logical car parking area, and the walk now is best made by parking at Black Bridge. The full circle is over 9 km if one extends the route into the woodland that adjoins the Balblair Quarry. In fact the best part of the walk is the section in Balblair Wood. The route along the river is very quiet. I have been in the area in most seasons, but I do recommend the walk in November when the colours are at their best. The car park at Black Bridge lies over the bridge from Balblair Wood and is adjacent to the Kilmorack Burial Ground.

On the map below, the grey line is the GPS track from this trip. Click the blue circles to see a photograph taken from that spot and read further information about the location. The blue lines indicate the direction of view. There is also a slideshow of this trip. ( )

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NH5043 : Cruives Lodge on the Lovat Estate by Julian Paren
Cruives Lodge on the Lovat Estate
Secluded by the river at the end of a long drive through the estate.

NH5043 : River Beauly near North Lodge, Lovat Estate by Julian Paren
River Beauly near North Lodge, Lovat Estate
It is easy to leave the estate track and walk along the bank of the River Beauly.

NH5043 : Footpath beside the River Beauly by Julian Paren
Footpath beside the River Beauly
Looking back to Beaufort Castle on the other side of the River Beauly.

NH5043 : The side of Castle Hill by the River Beauly by Julian Paren
The side of Castle Hill by the River Beauly
The footpath along the river enters an area of beech trees below Castle Hill.

NH5143 : River Beauly near Castle Hill by Julian Paren
River Beauly near Castle Hill
A cloudy late autumn day.

NH5143 : River Beauly Lodge by Julian Paren
River Beauly Lodge
The riverside footpath diverts from the river around the grounds of River Beauly... more

NH5143 : Riverside path near Groam of Annat by Julian Paren
Riverside path near Groam of Annat
The path along the River Beauly is easy to follow and can be part of an excellent... more

NH5143 : Beside the River Beauly by Julian Paren
Beside the River Beauly
A dull day enlivened by the autumn foliage. A splendid walk through the Lord Lovat Estate.

NH5243 : Artificial stand on the River Beauly by Julian Paren
Artificial stand on the River Beauly
A structure to benefit those occupying the fishing beats on the River Beauly.

NH5243 : River Beauly in autumn by Julian Paren
River Beauly in autumn
Taken on a circular walk of the Lovat Estate.

NH5144 : Estate road to Groam of Annat by Julian Paren
Estate road to Groam of Annat
A quiet estate road that is a pleasure to walk on.

NH4943 : Beech tree by the River Beauly by Julian Paren
Beech tree by the River Beauly
The riverside path passes this magnificent tree.

NH5043 : In Balblair Wood by Julian Paren
In Balblair Wood
A minor footpath passes this spot.

NH5043 : Minor footpath in Balblair Wood by Julian Paren
Minor footpath in Balblair Wood
One of the minor paths that can be found if you search for an alternative to the... more

NH4943 : Kilmorack Burial Ground by Julian Paren
Kilmorack Burial Ground
A very rural location beside the River Beauly serves as the burial ground for... more

NH4943 : A section of the Kilmorack Burial Ground by Julian Paren
A section of the Kilmorack Burial Ground
The adjacent ruined church has safety barriers around it.

NH4943 : Gravestones in Kilmorack Burial Ground by Julian Paren
Gravestones in Kilmorack Burial Ground
Soon to be engulfed by growing trees. The adjacent ruined church is surrounded by... more

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