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Celtic wishes may come true in this gentle woodland

Munlochy Clootie Well

Visit the wishing well

The brightly-coloured rags or 'cloots' tied to the branches of ash and beech trees are tokens for wishes and prayers at this haunting place.


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The nearest toilets and places to eat are in Fortrose, Tore or Munlochy.

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Clootie wells

Clootie wells are found in Celtic places like Cornwall and Ireland and are linked to ancient healing traditions. The rag or cloot is dipped in the well and tied to a tree in the hope that a sickness or ailment will fade as the rag disintegrates.

If you want to bring a cloot by all means do – biodegradable cotton or wool are best for the environment.

There's another clootie well in Culloden forest, near Inverness.

Contact: Inverness, Ross and Skye Forest District

Address: Tower Road, Smithton, Inverness

Postcode: IV2 7NL

Telephone: 0300 067 6100

Email: invernessrossskye@forestry.gsi.gov.uk


How to get here

From Tore roundabout take the A832 towards Munlochy. The Clootie Well car park is on your right, about 2¼ miles (3.6 km) along this road, before you reach Munlochy. You'll see the brightly-coloured rags near the car park entrance at grid reference NH 639 536.

To reach the Littleburn car park turn right about 2 miles (3.2 km) along this road and follow the single track road for just over ¼ mile (400 metres). The car park is on your left at grid reference NH 638 533.

Using SatNav?

IV8 8PE is the nearest postcode, just beside the Littleburn car park.

Public transport

There are bus services between Inverness bus station and of Munlochy. The Clootie Well is ¾ mile (1.2 km) from the bus stop in Munlochy. You'll find timetables at Traveline Scotland.

Nearby places

There are other Black Isle forest trails at Culbokie, Monadh Mor, Learnie Red Rocks and the Fairy Glen in Rosemarkie.


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