A view not to be missed!
Those with a keen eye will notice that we mentioned Fyrish Monument in our ‘5 beautiful spots to visit near us’ post, but a place of such beauty really deserves a post of it’s own.
- 6km/3.75 miles hike
- Moderate – path is intact, steep in places, muddy at times.
- 292m ascent.
- Allow 2.5-3hrs to complete.
Located only a 5 mile drive from Beechwood Lodge, the trail up to Fyrish Monument gives you all the beauty that Scotland has to offer. Wildflower filled woodlands, open moorland and an unrivalled view of the Cromarty Firth once you reach the top make this moderate hike well worth a spot on your ‘must see’ list.
To begin your hike you can leave your car in the car park and follow the signposted ‘Jubilee Path’ through the gate and into the woodland. As you follow the path you will be met with stone steps, a footbridge over a trickling burn and a second set of steps that will lead you up through the woodland until the trees begin to clear and you are met with views of the Cromarty Firth and Alness. There is also a wonderful lochan to be seen here which provides many spots to sit and take a rest or to simply enjoy the sounds of the local birds before continuing across the moorland towards the monument.
With it’s 4 towers supporting 3 huge arches, the monument alone really is a sight to be seen… and with some interesting history too! Built in 1783 by Sir Hector Munro, it was one of the work tasks given to those who were destitute locally as return payment for the famine relief they were provided during the Clearances. Sir Hector Munro was a local laird and had been a commander of British Forces in India during the Battle of Negapatam, where the Dutch were defeated. The monument is said to replicate the gates of Negapatam Fort which he seized during the battle.
Now, whilst for some the monument is the star of the show, the majority of hikers will be here for the views. From this point on a clear day you are able to take in the breathtaking sights of the Cromarty Firth in its entirety right over to the sprawling Ben Wyvis. Once you are done taking in the scenery and filling your camera roll with breathtaking photos, follow your footsteps back down to the car park.
So whilst you may break a bit of a sweat and need to make sure you have a bottle of water with you, this is a solid 10/10 trail and I am yet to find anyone that has been disappointed by the beautiful views up for grabs here – even on our many cloudier, rainy days!
Tips from the locals
- The car park can fill up quickly during the busy summer months. Arrive early to avoid having to wait for a space.
- This isn’t a trail to undertake in trainers – hiking boots are a must. Parts along the walk (particularly over the moorlands) can become very muddy all year round.
- On the walk back down there is an alternative loop you can take if you aren’t quite ready to head back to the car yet. Just past the lochan turn left at the cross junction, follow the path and then turn right at the next junction – this will allow you to rejoin the main path further down the trail.