The Waterfall Diaries part 5 Bruar Falls
Any waterfall that prompts the great Robert Burns to write a poem about it deserves to be in this list, though in saying that Burns poem wasn’t all good in that he loved the falls themselves but he thought the area was barren, the lack of trees bothered him and therefore he wrote the poem “The Humble Petition of Bruar Water to the Noble Duke of Atholl”.
Now of course with Burns it’s a long poem and written in the Scots dialect that can be difficult to get through but to highlight one of the easier sections I believe will get the point across…“Would then my noble master please To grant my highest wishes, He’ll shade my banks wi’ tow’ring trees, And bonnie spreading bushes.”
Well I can tell you that after Burns death he got his wish with over 120,000 Larch and Scots Pine being planted to make this forest vast and deep and it was at this time a path was marked out, which incidentally William Wordsworth objected to as being too neat and clean when he visited the area in 1815, well that’s not a problem now as in the 200 years since the path was originally marked it looks like a natural part of the area.
Bruar is situated about halfway up the A9 just north of Pitlochry in a very easily accessible area and these days even has it’s own shopping area “The House of Bruar” selling most things country such as clothing, accessories, art, sculpture as well as a restaurant and cafe area, it is high end items and the shops are most definitely worth a visit and I personally love the wares they have.
The path to the falls themselves starts directly behind the shopping area with a gentle start and a meandering river, this however will change as the path gets steeper the terrain gets more and more extreme as you are lead up to the lower falls and the beautifully picturesque bridge. The good(and bad) thing about Bruar is there are various ‘viewing points’ which for some is a great way to see the falls and the surrounding area, however, if you are like me and like to get personal with the water the only way to do it is to don a wetsuit and indulge in gorge walking and being a photographer I value my camera too much to get it wet.
From the Lower Falls the path takes a turn to a much steeper gradient that leads you up to the Upper Falls and if you are touring Scotland and find yourself with stiff legs Bruar really is the perfect place to stop, have lunch then walk it off looking at these spectacular falls.
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