In between all the rain we have had this last week or so we have actually managed to get out and stretch our legs too. A couple of wanders up on Moncreiffe Hill during the festive period but we also strayed further afield to the Falls of Bruar, Perthshire.
Located just off the A9 near Blair Atholl, the starting point is just to the side of House of Bruar car park, out near the main entrance. It is clearly way marked.
We followed the noise of the water along a small path and through a short tunnel (of which the Edinburgh – Inverness train line runs overhead) and the scenery changed to a large wooded area with the ground currently covered in moss and lichens all sparkling with water droplets.
For those who don’t have the time or who are unable to make the 130 or so metre ascent to the top of the falls the lower stone bridge is a perfect view point.
From here, there are two path options: Not to cross the bridge and continue on the left hand side which is slightly more challenging and certainly with the recent weather conditions was slippy and a bit boggy in places. Footwear with a good grip would be recommended. There are also a set of wooden steps and a short wooden footway and then continuing up further to the top of the falls. Along this path there is great opportunity for photo’s of the tall pines, the tiny cones and ferns which also furnish the ground. They do, of course, make a great backdrop for photo’s of each other too, although if like me, your partner wanders off without you (because I am taking photos) you’re a bit stuffed!
We chose to visit the falls because of all the recent rain we have been having and thought we would get to see them at their best. They didn’t disappoint! The view from the top was beautiful. Mist rising from the water and the pines lining it’s path down below and in the distance hills with a dusting of snow. Stunning.
After spending time admiring the vista we made our way across the bridge and along the path. This is more man made and maintained, certainly better for smaller children to walk along. More forest views on our left hand side with the sound of the water roaring down over rocks to our right. These woodlands were planted by the 4th Duke of Atholl upon the passing of Robert Burns and in his memory, who in 1787 had visited the falls of Bruar and remarked at the steep bare slopes that surrounded them. They inspired Burns to write The Humble Petition of Bruar Water. Sadly there are none of the original plantings of Scots pine and larch but these days the natural woodlands are beautiful and inhabited by red squirrels and birds and other wildlife.
You really get a feel for the history of this place and how, over time, the waterfall and it’s path will have changed. Just look at the photo below and see the arch near the bottom of the falls, I wonder how long that has taken to wear away? We thoroughly enjoyed this short walk (approx 1.5 miles) but were glad of our good walking boots. I would also mention that we had binoculars with us which were great to have too – not just for the view but looking through the woodlands.