Reekie Linn

[Reekie Linn]

If you're lucky enough to catch it in spate, Reekie Linn is an awe-inspring sight. Its name translates as "smoky waterfall", referring to the spray thrown up by the River Isla's 25-metre drop into a plunge pool said to be even deeper than the total height of the falls (there are actually two separate waterfalls, but they combine to form a single drop when the water level is high). The source of the river is in the Cairngorms to the north, so rainfall or snowmelt events far up in the hills can cause river levels to rise suddenly and dramatically. Popular in Victorian times, the spot seems to have lost a little of its fame despite a decent car park and access path, and today deserves to be better known. Further downstream the gorge has a whole series of other cataracts, but dense woodland, steep slopes and few paths make reaching any of these a major expedition.

[Reekie Linn - view from a little further along the path[

Name: Reekie Linn ★★☆
Location: Off B954 5 miles north of Alyth, G.R.: NO 254537 / orders clenching super
Anything else? The falls are about a 5-min walk east from the car park at NO 254538, along a clear path above the river's north bank.

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