Walking/Trekking Tour - Fyrish Monument and Black Rock Gorge

The great monument built by Sir Hector Munro which dates back to 1783 atop Cnoc Fyrish is a prominent landmark for miles around and a compelling challenge to trek up to.  The distinctive arches give tremendous views over the Cromarty Firth below, whilst out to the west the view is dominated by the great bulk of Ben Wyvis, our closest Munro.

The walk/trek begins at a dedicated car park and heads into the forest.  The path gently rises and falls to some stone steps and across a footbridge over a burn.  After that, there is a steady climb clear of tree cover revealing stunning views back towards Alness, over the Cromarty Firth and the Black Isle.

The monument is reached a bit further on and is even more impressive close up than when seen from the road below.  The structure consists of three central arches and four further flanking pillars. 

The descent follows a gentler stoney path at first with glorious views and then picks up a track down through the forest and back to the car park.

  • Duration of total excursion 3.5-4 hours
  • Both locations visited in one tour 
  • Collection and returning of guests to the port included.
  • A light lunch is provided in between the two visits and is included in the price.

The Black Rock Gorge

Looking down into the depths of a green gorgeBlack Rock is a geological marvel, a cleft formed in the River Glass (Allt Graad in Gaelic) and is in old red sandstone. It happened due to rapids carrying sediment upwards as part of the thawing after the Ice Ages.

The Black Rock Gorge is a place of legend and local myth. Lady of Balconie, a local noblewoman was lured to her death by a mysterious man, thought to be the Devil himself. Ever since then if you listen carefully you might hear the cries she utters from the top of the gorge. Very eerie indeed!

The Fyrish Monument

A monument on top of a mountain with magnificent viewsThe great monument built by Sir Hector Munro which dates back to 1783 atop Cnoc Fyrish is a prominent landmark for miles around and a compelling challenge to walk up to. The distinctive arches give tremendous views over the Cromarty Firth below, whilst out to the west the view is dominated by the great bulk of Ben Wyvis, our closest Munro.

Fitness

Please note that unlike our bus tours this walking/trekking tour involves a some fairly strenuous activity walking up and downhill, so you should carefully consider whether you are fit enough to take part in it before booking. If you have been advised to limit physical activity by a doctor or suffer from chest pain, balance or joint issues then perhaps it might be better to look at our bus tours. If you'd like some advice or to arrange a bespoke walking tour which could be less strenuous, feel free to contact info@thistleexcursions.co.uk.

We have trekking tours available on the dates cruise ships arrive in Invergordon below, but if you wish to book another date please email us to arrange a bespoke tour.. Groups of 2 to 16 can be accommodated. 

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Prices: Adult - £70, Kids - £50

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21 August 2022Emerald Princess10:00Details
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21 May 2023Jewel of the Seas10:00Details
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28 May 2023Spirit of Adventure10:00Details
30 May 2023MSC Preziosa10:00Details
04 June 2023Costa Favalosa10:00Details
08 June 2023Ms Zuirderdam10:00Details
10 June 2023Norwegian Dawn10:00Details
11 June 2023Mein Schiff 310:00Details
14 June 2023AIDAAura10:00Details
15 June 2023Oceania Riviera10:00Details
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22 June 2023Costa Favalosa10:00Details
27 June 2023MS Deutschland10:00Details
29 June 2023MS Nieuw Statendam10:00Details
30 June 2023Ms Zuirderdam10:00Details
01 July 2023Fred Olsen Borealis10:00Details
06 July 2023AIDabella10:00Details
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13 July 2023Oceania Riviera10:00Details
14 July 2023Arcadia10:00Details
20 July 2023Mein Schiff 310:00Details
20 July 2023Norwegian Dawn10:00Details
25 July 2023Jewel of the Seas10:00Details
27 July 2023Silver Shadow10:00Details
31 July 2023AIDAaura10:00Details
03 August 2023Norwegian Dawn10:00Details
04 August 2023Viking Neptune10:00Details
04 August 2023MSC Preziosa10:00Details
09 August 2023Ms Rotterdam10:00Details
14 August 2023MS Nieuw Statendam10:00Details
15 August 2023CSV Vasco de Gama-Nicko10:00Details
18 August 2023Jewel of the Seas10:00Details
19 August 2023Spirit of Adventure10:00Details
19 August 2023Spirit of Adventure10:00Details
21 August 2023AIDAAura10:00Details
24 August 2023Mein Schiff 310:00Details
29 August 2023MSC Explora 110:00Details
31 August 2023Costa Favalosa10:00Details
03 September 2023MS Nieuw Statendam10:00Details
03 September 2023Mein Schiff 310:00Details
05 September 2023Fred Olsen Braemar10:00Details
06 September 2023Ms Rotterdam10:00Details
07 September 2023Mein Schiff 310:00Details
12 September 2023Celebrity Apex10:00Details
16 September 2023Fred Olsen Bolette10:00Details
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26 September 2023Mein Schiff 310:00Details
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