The Woodland Walk
This section of the walk was one of the first parts developed from a trail into a path back in the late 80’s by the gardener John MacDonald. This part of the walk does have several inclines but overall is an easy part of the walk with soft woodland floor beneath the feet. Generally this section does not suffer from too many muddy spots and we are currently adding wood chips to the path to help combat any trouble areas. As you near the end of this section, also known as “Proposal Point”, there is a bench to take a rest on with lovely views of Duncraig Castle and Plockton Harbour. The path leads out of the woods and into the eastern side of the top meadow.
The bench at Proposal Point overlooking Plockton Harbour
This romantic setting might just be the spot to pop the big question!!
A winding path on the woodland walk
A view of the crags from the waters edge with wild flowers
Rudha Mor is a haven for a variety of birds including this young seagull
The private garden walk at Rudha Mor is a 2.5km Circular path that can be taken in either direction as you walk up the drive. There are signs at each entry point and a small map.
As you walk up the drive and start the path to the right you will walk across the bottom of the meadow and into the woodland walk section. If you go to the left you will enter at the bottom of the house garden and onto Ian’s walk. This is described if the starting point is to the right.
We ask that you please stick to the paths and viewpoints, wear appropriate outdoor attire and do not remove anything from the property.
The walk cuts through the meadows at several points giving walkers the opportunity to observe a fantastic variety of wild flowers throughout the spring, summer and autumn seasons. From the woodland walk you will cut along the bottom edge of the the top meadow with views of Loch Carron and the famous Crags of Plockton. We ask that you please keep to the path and do not pick any of the wild flowers but take as many photos as you would like. This path will lead down a slope that crosses the lower meadow and leads you onto Jimmy’s walk.
A view of the Plockton Crags from the top meadow when it is in full bloom with wild flowers
A wild Greater Butterfly Orchid in the meadow
The meadow alive with colour
Another variety of wild orchid in the meadow
This walk was created and named after Jimmy by his wife Lilias after his passing. As you enter you will immediately see a pond to your left which has a wonderful display of water lilies in the summer and a path that curves through the birch wood where there are species rhododendron. Jimmy’s walk has two viewpoints, the first to the right with a view down Loch Carron and toward the Crags and the second is at the end of this section after you ascend the steps. This viewpoint has excellent views of the Applecross mountains, Eilean A Chait Lighthouse, Loch Kishorn and Loch Carron. From both of the these viewpoints you can also see the ancient raised beach which is known as the village Ardaneaskan that is located between the two lochs. As you come back down from the second viewpoint and continue along the path you will come into the next section of the walk which is the arbouretum.
The Arboretum has a variety of trees which were planted by Jimmy and Lilias in the 1990’s after visiting an arboretum at a garden in the south. This was originally a grazing field but itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s sheltered and sunny location made it a great place to start this project. Recently two more trees have been donated, an oak and a monkey puzzle tree. As you walk along the path drops down and leads back across the meadow however you can bare right before you enter the meadow and the path will take you down to the seaside where you can see two islands, the one to the right is known as the lighthouse keeper’s island where the lighthouse keeper lived when it was in operation. These islands are privately owned and we ask that you respect their privacy.
As you cross over the meadow you will see pools of water coming down from the left which pass under the path to an area on the right which is full of wild bog iris and there is a small pond which was built early 90’s and became frequently visited by otters that were displaced by the building of the Skye bridge. At this point you are starting the section known as Ian’s walk.
Wild Bog Iris in bloom
This part of the walk was a small footpath and the last section to be developed into a wider path. It leads up from the lower meadow at quite an incline and until you reach the mossy glade. This area has naturally grown mossy covered rocks under a birch canopy and can be wet underfoot.
Path leading up from the lower meadow through the mossy glade
One of our favourite trees on the walk as you come down into the mossy glade
Bamboo in the mossy glade
Look out for fairies and elves hiding behind rocks and ferns in this lovely soft green wonderland.
Native fern growing in the mossy glade
Native fern growing in the mossy glade
Wild ferns growing amongst the moss and birch trees in the mossy glade on Ian’s walk
As the path leads further up and becomes gravel underfoot you will come out of the woods to a clearing with a pond on the left and views of the lighthouse with the Applecross mountains and Loch Kishorn in the background and to the left views of the Isle of Skye.
The path that leads up to views toward the Isle of Skye and the Applecross Mountains
There are two benches along this path to stop and take in the scenery and great views from many points on the path which undulates through a pine, birch and heather landscape. There are many birds to be spotted from here and sometimes seals and otters too.
A bench with a view of the stunning Applecross Mountains
Rudha Mor has a huge variety of trees
Scots Pine on the path through Scottish heather in Bloom
A water lily on the top pond on Ian’s walk
As the path bend around back into the growth it will lead you back to the start where you will pass a moss covered stone wall which is the property line, the old well and through the orchard garden where we are working on a large new flower bed.
You can enter this walk from either direction and enjoy the different views that can be taken in.