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 This was once a common habitat on the Black Isle, but much of it has now been replaced by agricultural or forestry land.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

Best time to visit?

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

Visit for:

  • birdwatching
  • butterflies

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How to get there


From Inverness, take the A9 north to Tore. Once there, turn off to the east towards Fortrose. Turn north after 2 miles onto the Munlochy-Culbokie road (a minor road). Continue for about 2 miles until the road starts to climb, with fields on the right and woodland on the left. The entrance to the reserve is a little hidden, but look out for the fields giving way to conifers on the right hand side. The reserve entrance will be on your left.

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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

Out & about

Nearby reserves
TalichLoch FleetSpey Bay

Local group
North of Scotland

Links & downloads

Reserve map


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