Knockan Crag NNR - Visiting the reserve

Visit Knockan Crag to find out how the spectacular landscape of the North-west Highlands came into being.




Path Diversion UPDATE 21/06/2024

Following recent heavy rain we have had to close part of the Thrust trail due to damage to the path surface.  Reserve staff are working hard to fix our paths, however, there remains a large section which will take longer for us to repair.  The reserve remains open, although there is a short diversion around the closed section of path to reach the Moine thrust and the top of the Crag via the Quarry Trail.  For your safety, we ask that all visitors please observe the path closed signs and follow the short diversion.   Thank you for your patience, and please get in touch with the Reserve (Email the NNR team [email protected]) if you have any access queries.

Getting here

Knockan Crag lies in the far north-west of Scotland, to the north of Ullapool.

By car

From Ullapool, follow the A835 north for 21 kilometres. There is no vehicle height or width restrictions at the car park.

There is space for a full-sized coach, with turning area.

IV27 4HH is the nearest postcode (centred on Elphin, 4.5 kilometres north).

By public transport

Buses from Ullapool stop at the reserve entrance on request. In summer the Inverness to Durness bus can carry bicycles.


Knockan Crag National Nature Reserve
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Thirteen miles north of Ullapool, off the A835 road. The Ullapool to Lochinver bus passes the reserve entrance.

For visitors

Our Knockan Crag NNR leaflet is a good introduction to the reserve, which is open all day throughout the year. 

Visitor centre

The Rock Room is a unique open-sided visitor centre, complete with turf roof. It nestles into the Knockan hillside and gives you the big picture of the surrounding landscape. It has interpretation and information. There is interpretation, poetry and sculptures along the trails.

Telephone: 01463 701600


The toilets, which are open 24 hours, are in the centre of the car park and access is level. The accessible toilet has a RADAR lock – keys are available from Disability Rights UK.

Picnic areas

There are two picnic tables, easily accessed from the car park. One has space for a wheelchair or buggy.

Rest areas

There are stone seats at regular intervals along all trails.

Trails for all

A short trail takes you from the car park to the Rock Room – it includes a low-gradient ramp to avoid the steps.

The Thrust Trail takes you from the Rock Room to the Moine Thrust. There is also an easier Quarry Trail, which doubles back before the going gets too tough.

Climb the steep Crag Top Trail for wonderful views across Coigach and Assynt.

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