The next morning we headed for the Inverkirkaig Falls which are a few miles out of the village. After being on the bike for a couple of days solid (which I am not used to) and having had a 10 mile walk the day before my muscles decided walking up the hill was a good time to protest and I found it hard going at times. However, the views were stunning and the falls were impressive. The walk back was much easier too!
This was certainly no walk for anyone with mobility difficulties as the path was very rocky. If you are planning doing this walk make sure that you are wearing good footwear.
We met a lot of people on the walk, people going to the falls, people going to the hills and fishermen.
More About Falls of kirkaig (Inverkirkaig Falls)
Inverkirkaig is a wonderful place to stop and admire the scenery on offer in the far north of Scotland; beautiful coast and wild, rugged mountain country. From Achiltibuie area a wonderful twisty road leads to Lochinver via Inverkirkaig – a crofting township overlooking a beautiful bay. A path beside the River Kirkaig leads to the Falls of Kirkaig and on to the foot of Suilven – Assynt’s famous ‘sugar-loaf’ mountain.
Inverkirkaig Falls set in a wooded valley, an unusual sight up here, has a gentle walk to the base of Suilven the distinctive pillar mountain seen all around Lochinver. You first pass through pleasant mixed woodland with the bubbling River Kirkaig to your right. Then you rise up through the trees to emerge in open country with a great view up a gorge that has been gouged out by the water. This birch-lined road passing by gushing rivers is quite an experience and you will also have a couple of sea views (if you dare take your eyes off the road ahead). Signs at either end of this road warn that it is unsuitable for caravans and coaches, so that will give you some idea of what it is like!
There is a wonderful bookshop too – Achins – which is well worth a visit. Behind it you will find a lovely river, superb waterfall and a lonely loch below one of the most stunning peaks in Scotland.
Consequent to the wildness and grandeur of the area, most (though not all) the places of interest are natural features, such as the Inverkirkaig Falls, south of Lochinver, or the Inchnadamph caves on the limestones of the Traligill Burn – an especially popular spot for botanists.