Belmaduthy Dam

Belmaduthy Dam is a good example of wet lowland heath and mire mosaic, with lime-rich flushes providing conditions suitable for a diverse range of plants including orchids. This was once a common habitat on the Black Isle, but much of it has now been replaced by agricultural or forestry land.

Why visit?

Highlights include:

  • Orchids
  • Water-loving plants
  • Moths and butterflies

Best time to visit?

  • May – Aug for wildflowers
  • May – Aug for moths and butterflies

Visit for:

  • birdwatching
  • wildflowers
  • butterflies

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How to get there


Belmaduthy Dam is situated on the Black Isle, 2 miles north of Munlochy. From Inverness, take the A9 north to Tore. At the Tore Roundabout turn east towards Fortrose. Follow the A832 for approximately 3 miles, then turn left towards Culbokie. Follow this road for a further 3 miles. As the road starts to climb, you will see an antenna mast. The car park will be on your left just before reaching the brow of the hill. To get to the reserve, walk down the small track to the left of the carpark.

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Getting onto the reserve

The reserve is accessed via footpath from the car park.

Access restrictions

Please be careful when walking on the reserve as there are areas of uneven ground.

Nearest town
Munlochy (2 mi / 3.2 km)
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Belmaduthy Dam


About Belmaduthy Dam

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Nearby reserves
Spey Bay

Local group
North of Scotland

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