Scotland’s Top 5 Waterfalls: Magical Fairytale Locations

Scotland has some beautiful scenery and lovely places to walk but did you know there are also stunning fairytale Scottish waterfalls. Here are Scotland’s top 5 waterfalls, that are not to be missed!

Falls of Glencoe, Scotland's top 5 waterfalls
Falls of Glencoe ©MDHarding

Scotland’s Top 5 Waterfalls

Falls of Bruar

The Falls of Bruar is easy to reach, located in rural Perthshire just 8 miles from the quaint town of Pitlochry. From Edinburgh, it’s a scenic drive up the A9 for just over an hour to the House of Bruar. Would you believe they are just out of sight of the car park? The falls have been a tourist attraction since the 18th century and immortalised in the poem The Humble Petition Of Bruar Water – Robert Burns. After enjoying the beautiful sight and short stroll, you might like to treat your other senses with the delights on offer inside the House of Bruar.

Falls of Bruar, Scotland's top 5 waterfalls, pitlochry
Falls of Bruar ©MDHarding

Falls of Dochart

In the scenic village of Killin lays the Falls of Dochart, not easily missed. As you drive down into the village, the main street runs parallel to the start of the falls. The best viewing point is on the small narrow bridge. It is very popular for salmon fishing, water sports and visitors.

On the scenic trails of Perthshire, Falls of Dochart, killin
Falls of Dochart on the scenic trails of Perthshire ©MDHarding

Falls of Measach

Cross the Victorian Suspension Bridge to see the cascading water of the River Droma rushing through the mile-long canyon below. Corrieshalloch Gorge was formed during the last ice age, the melting ice eroding into the rock creating a 60-metre drop. The National Trust site is free to visit, with woodland walks and the possibility to see wildlife such as woodland birds and even Golden Eagles!

Corrieshalloch Gorge and Waterfall, river droma, Falls of Measach
Corrieshalloch Gorge and Waterfall ©MDHarding

Black Linn Falls

Black Linn Falls are flowing through the popular natural wonder of The Hermitage located in Dunkeld, Perthshire. Walk through this magical place that was once the pleasure ground to the Dukes of Atholl. Go into the 18th-century folly – Ossian’s Hall, to witness the roaring waters of the River Braan, crashing below. The woodland also has incredible Giant Douglas firs said to be the tallest in Britain.

The Hermitage, Perthshire, Scotland, Black Linn Falls, River Braan, Scotland's Top 5 Waterfalls
The Hermitage, Perthshire, Scotland. ©MDHarding

Fairy Pools

The magical Fairy Pools on the Isle of Skye are a must see! But with the ever-increasing popularity of visitors, it can be difficult to park and enjoy the surroundings. Why not visit out of season from October to March to enjoy without the crowds.

Fairy Pools, Scotland's Top 5 Waterfalls
See the colours of the magical Fairy Pools. ©MDHarding

The best way to see these magical locations is with a car. Are you arriving into Edinburgh or Glasgow Airport? Why not pre-book your car hire in advance to get the best rates and save waiting around on arrival. High season runs from April till September, get the best rates outside these months and enjoy these fairytale locations without the crowds.

I hope you have enjoyed reading and inspired to visit one of these fairytale locations. Have you visited one of these or perhaps another waterfall? What is your favourite? Please comment/share below. Happy Travels:) x

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