Waterfall Diaries Part 8 – Linn of Dee
Here we are again with the next installment of The Waterfall Diaries and this edition was to be honest , an accident, albeit a very nice accident.
I had decided one day to go up to Glenshee, originally looking for photographs of snow covered mountains for next years calendar when I decided to go straight through to the lovely town of Braemar first. Now, i’ve been to Braemar many times and wandered around it’s quaint little shops but on this day i decided to go right to the end of the town and it was then I spotted a road I’ve never seen before …the ‘Linn of Dee’ road, of course knowing that a Linn is a waterfall I just had to drive it, wouldn’t you?
The road itself was ridiculously treacherous with large banks of ice and whole sections that were like an ice rink and therefore I would advise not going in the depths of winter (more of that to come), save it for warmer times.
Apart from the driving conditions the road itself is great and offers views of the River Dee winding it’s way through the valley as well as loads of lovely little cottages that I presume are holiday homes and a fabulous pink house that I had to take a picture of.
To reach the quite sizeable car park requires driving across a stone bridge that doesn’t indicate the waterfall underneath in any way. The walk to the falls is relatively straightforward and signposted unless you’re an idiot like me… my advice would be to stay on the path as finding yourself up to your thighs in a peat bog is not the best way to spend an afternoon,I honestly didn’t think I was getting out this time and whilst in hindsight it may sound amusing, people have drowned in peat bogs so please be careful where you put your feet.
The falls themselves come out of a deep gorge that could be quite dangerous if you don’t keep your wits about you, the stone memorial to 2 children who accidentally drowned being one such reminder to be careful and I will revisit when the ice has melted to get better photographs as I honestly never got as close as I had hoped to get.
The area around Braemar is well worth a visit with many castles nearby as well as the Queens estate at Balmoral, numerous distilleries and some of the most spectacular scenery you’ll ever see.
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