The Waterfall Diaries Part 9 – Rogie Falls
I had decided that while the rest of the country was either still partying or nursing the mother of all hangovers I would have a trip into the Highlands, the day? New Years Day.
The best thing about new years day is when you leave home at 4.30am you pretty much have the roads to yourself and that suits me fine with no drivers behind me to get miffed when I slam the brakes on to get a photograph ! Now I have to admit something, my intention was to go to Plodda Falls nr Tomich,but, I couldn’t find them … yes you read correctly, I couldn’t find them and that is one of the bad things about Sat Nav’s, when you are in the Highlands you don’t often get a good signal, so then on to Plan B which in my case means finding a random road and driving it until I fond something interesting.
So upon arriving in Inverness at 7.30am I decided to venture towards Ullapool on the A835 and after about an hour and a half and nearing the village of Contin I saw a sign stating ‘Rogie Falls’, now let’s be honest, I’m a waterfall chaser so what was I meant to do?
The walk to the falls takes you along a well trodden path through a (what look like a)very old and mossy wood and a very interesting walk it was too, unless I was getting all Scottish with the new years day but I doubt it, the colours were great as you can see by the included photograph.
When you reach the falls after the short walk you notice that there is a viewing station as well as a wooden slatted bridge which is limited to a maximum of 5 people and this is not an empty threat, it REALLY is only suitable for 5 at a time and, if you’re not keen on bridges that shake and bounce maybe you should avoid the bridge, I couldn’t of course being as the photograph is everything though getting it with the wobble did prove to be a little tricky !
A little interesting fact(to me) is the right hand side off the main falls is a smaller offshoot waterfall and in fact this is a man made false fall built to allow salmon to swim up the Blackwater river when the water flow on the main falls is being controlled.
The water flow was very fast and dangerous with a lot of spray and coupling this with a bouncy bridge meant getting the shot wasn’t the easiest i’ve ever done but I’m very happy with the result, especially being in the right place at the right time with the rainbow. The walk back to the car park is a pleasant one albeit uphill.
All in all a very pleasant way to spend the first day of a new year
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