Everybody loves a waterfall and here’s an impressive torrent, tucked away in the hills behind Callander, all too easy to miss. You’ve got to wiggle your way up past the golf club, ignore the ‘Callander Crags’ car park and keep going until you hit the dead-end car park at the top. It’s pretty small, so you may well have to go back down the hill, but do try it first as the hill’s a pretty steep walk!
The falls are just 1km down a well-maintained path, which starts with a bit of ‘high dog interest’ woodland :)
When you reach the falls, there are a couple of great spots to clamber down and get closer up to the water - which I'd highly recommend - but if you’d rather stay on a bit more certain ground, you’ll certainly get a decent view from the bridge.
View from the bridge
The original iron bridge was built in the 1870’s for Queen Victoria’s visit. It was destroyed by flash floods in the summer of 2004 and replaced by the current one – an impressive piece of award-winning work by Strong Bridges Ltd. You can see photos of each step of the process on their blogsite.
Friends, in August 2017
There are some vague stone steps just to the left of the bridge, which give you access to the big rock underneath – well worth a scramble…
For a good view of the whole spot, walk past the bridge and make your way around to the other side of where the river turns. You also get an interesting perspective if you cross the bridge and go around to the right:
Once you’re over the bridge, if you follow the path to the left you can do a big loop up into the hills (A’ Chrannach) and back around to the car park – about 4.5km. I have to report, there’s nothing particularly interesting on the walk, but it’s a good bit of exercise!
Getting there: From Stirling, take the A84, signed for Callander and Crianlarich – it’s about 16 miles.
Sat Nav: FK17 8EQ
OS Landranger map: 57 STIRLING & THE TROSSACHS
Terrain: Rocks and paths – I’d suggest decent walking boots.
Nearest facilities: Roman Camp Hotel has lovely ground and offers old-world charm, plus tea by a roaring fire. If you want something a little less fancy, head about half a mile back down the main street to Mhor Bread, which has a smashing coffee shop. Unfortunately, your hound will have to wait in the car :(