Our 9 Favourite Waterfalls across Highland Perthshire, Scotland
Date Published: 5 Aug 2020
Ever wondered why Scotland is so green? Rain!
I’m writing this article on a rainy day in Perthshire and across Scotland some areas receive about 3,000 mm per year (the western Highlands) and other areas only 800 mm per year (the east coast), Scots have a whole range of words to describe different types of rain a popular word is “dreich” meaning dreary / bleak.
One positive is that all this rain is that Highland Perthshire has some fantastic waterfalls that are easily accessible from the road here are our favourites:
Falls of Bruar – Blair Atholl, the walk starts next to the popular retail outlet House of Bruar https://w3w.co/generally.clerics.increases, this is a circular walk 1.5 miles in length that follows the gorge up to the waterfalls, we recommend wellies or good walking shoes.
Linn of Tummel – Pitlochry https://w3w.co/diverting.employ.licks This is one of our favourite walks with lots of wildlife and wild flowers during the spring and summer across a 19-hectare woodland property at the confluence of the rivers Garry and Tummel, when you reach the bottom pool there is obelisk, which commemorates a visit by Queen Victoria in 1844. This can be accessed by footpath from the Car Park next to the Garry Bridge on the B8019 or via the footbridge (Uneven narrow footpath) at https://w3w.co/browsers.plank.buck
Falls of the Braan at the The Hermitage – Dunkeld https://w3w.co/stands.lengthen.series this is a National Trust property with a well signposted car park next to the A9 just after the Dunkeld, easily accessible by Wheelchair and there are plenty of walks on the hillside that start from here, you can also find several follies nearby including the Ossian hall.
Rumbling Bridge – Dunkeld – https://w3w.co/recover.wire.octagonal Less well known than the the Hermitage, take the A822 turnoff to Aberfeldy from the A9 and there is a car park just off the Old military road and after walking 100 meters down the road you will find the falls under the bridge – after heavy rains the sounds from the river Braan are impressive, be careful here with children and dogs there is also a path down to the Hermitage
Falls of Moness – Aberfeldy – the Car Park is at the Birks of Aberfeldy https://w3w.co/relations.normal.tomorrow Just off the A826 Road to Crieff ( I recommend driving through the Sma Glen from Crieff and getting a view of Strathtay as you descend to Aberfeldy ) its a circular 2.2 mile walk with 150 metre ascent to see the falls.
Falls of Acharn – Kenmore Loch Tay – Take the single track road from Kenmore past the Crannog Centre to the village of Achern https://w3w.co/packets.relies.coconut. The steep falls walk is about 1 mile (1.5 kilometres) straight up and down from the village, and is a dangerous place to walk dogs without leads, but provides scenic views of the falls above the village. The upper falls have a timber walkway constructed by the 202 Field Squadron RE (V) in June 1989. There is also Hermits Cave that has a view point of the falls.
Deils Caldren – Comrie – There are two small car parks https://w3w.co/saved.palettes.overdone (Longer Walk to the falls) and https://w3w.co/grad.disco.easy (Short walk to the falls) on the road to Invergeldie the junction of which is next to the Deils Caldren Restaurant on the Comrie High street. This is a great walk to do in Autumn and the river Lednock cascades out from a rocky gorge in the atmospheric tree-clad amphitheatre known as the Deil’s Cauldron. This excellent circular walk from the attractive village of Comrie visits the Cauldron as well as having an optional steep ascent to the Melville Monument, an obelisk on Dun More hill that is a fine viewpoint.
Falls of Dochart – Killin – West end of Loch Tay, https://w3w.co/enlarge.toxic.surprises Killin used to be part of Perthshire, but, we couldn’t miss it out as
the famous white waters of the Falls of Dochart can be viewed from the village’s bridge. The misty spray rising in the air as the waters of the river crash into the rocks then flow around the Islands of Inchbuie, known as the traditional and ancient burial place of Clan Macnab which adds to the atmosphere.
Cargill’s Leap – Blairgowrie, https://w3w.co/hobbyists.manly.iterative you can either park in the town and walk up the Riverside or just off the A93 Snow road where there is a car park https://w3w.co/chairing.dressings.hired and a pedestrian bridge onto the Knockie Circular walk which gives you a view across to the Sidlaw hills. This was named after Reverend Donald Cargill jumped the river to escape King Charles II’s dragoon. You will see many of the Flax and Jute mills which were powered by the river Ericht have now been changed into private housing. Also Blairgowrie is well known for its berries so worth getting a punnet of Strawberries or Raspberries from the local farmers during the Summer months.
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Leaping Salmon – If you want to see Salmon leaping the Falls of Braan at the Hermitage is a good place, late summer and autumn is the best time to see leaping adult salmon. Early morning or evening are the best times, especially after heavy rain.
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