There’s no escaping the fact that Scotland has a lot of water. The rain that this wee nation is famous for is not a bad thing, however, as it used for whisky, it means there are never droughts, and it also means an abundance of beautiful waterfalls – from canyoning adventures, walking trails and even Via Ferrata can be found in and alongside Scottish Waterfalls.
As well as being beautiful places to explore and enjoy, waterfalls and canyons present some of the finest places for adventure activities in Scotland. From Canyoning and Via Ferrata to Climbing and Exploring these hidden places, no outdoor adventure in Scotland is complete without a few waterfalls on your itinerary.
I could build whole tours around the number of stunning waterfalls there are to visit in Scotland, and I’m sure I will at some point, but until then here is a shortlist of some of the more notable and local waterfalls you can visit.
1. The Birks of Aberfeldy – Visit Scotland Information Link
A circular walk through mature mixed woodland on the western outskirts of Aberfeldy. Originally called the Dens of Moness, the birks (from the Scots for birch trees) overlook the Falls of Moness and lines the slopes of the Moness gorge.
2. The Falls of Acharn – Visit Aberfeldy Information Link
Spectacular wooded gorge with tumbling waterfalls, looking out over Loch Tay and the wider valley – fantastic viewpoint looking over the falls at the Hermits Cave.
3. Deil’s Cauldron – Walk Highlands Information Link
Formed by the river Lednock cascading down from higher reaches above Glen Lednock are the famous Deil’s Cauldron and Wee Cauldron.
4. The Lynn of Tummel – National Trust Information Link
Charming riverside walk in the heart of Big Tree Country, the Linn of Tummel is where the rivers Garry and Tummel meet.
5. The Hermitage – National Trust Information Link
Douglas firs tower over the paths leading to the roaring Black Linn Falls, where the River Braan crashes down into the deep, foaming pools below. Overlooking the waterfall is the picturesque folly known as Ossian’s Hall, built in 1757 as the focal point in an extensive designed landscape.
6. The Falls of Bruar – Blair Atholl & Area Tourism Association
Falls of Bruar has been a place of pilgrimage in Scotland for over 200 years. Robert Burns visited the area in 1787 which inspired him to write “the Humble Petition of Bruar Water”.
There are many, many more waterfalls around Scotland, and these are just a few local to Highland Perthshire.
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