The Waterfall Diaries, Part 6 The Falls of Dochart
Here we are again with number 6 of The Waterfall Diaries and today we are in deepest Perthshire(though officially now Stirling due to boundary changes) in the little village of Killin…
Killin itself is a strange little place, more of location than looks in that it is in the middle of nowhere and I keep asking myself why here when Loch Tay isn’t far away and is the more likely place for a settlement ? Whatever the reason was I like it and it is dominated by the extremely fast moving Falls of Dochart.
The Dochart River itself flows down from Ben Lui and makes it’s way to Loch Tay but just before it gets there it passes through the very rocky village of Killin culminating in the spectacular falls that pass under a narrow stone bridge wide enough for one car at a time (not to mention having to avoid tourists taking photographs) and this bridge was very well situated as it takes in the point where 2 halves of the river converge(after separating for a mid river island) in a mass of very fast moving white water rapids. A word of caution at this point, whilst there is an opportunity to walk out onto the rocks to view the falls more closely bear in mind that the rocks may well be slippery so careful footing is essential and correct footwear would be an advantage in aiding you not to fall in.
Getting there is relatively straightforward as the village is on the A827 which is a branch off from the A84 which takes you from Tyndrum (a place well know with climbers and walkers) and eventually through Lochearnhead and St Fillans to Perth and is a really nice drive that takes in many little villages on the way and this how I happened to stumble upon the falls with the turn off being clearly signposted to lead you straight to them.Another note of interest in Killin is the burial ground of the Clan McNab situated on an Island in the Dochart River called Inchbuie and the entrance can be seen from the stone bridge previously mentioned, and while the burial ground is gated and locked the key is available from the tourist information office and is a very interesting walk for those interested in Scottish Clan history, containing many monuments including late medieval effigy of a warrior in the West Highland Style which is one of only 2 known outside of the Hebrides and Argyll.
There isn’t an abundance of things to do in Killin aside the falls, McNab burial ground and tourist centre but it is a nice place to stop and have something to eat in the cafe’s and restaurants which sell traditional Scottish fair to tempt you (And they do tempt you, the hand battered fish and chips are delicious).
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