Findhorn gorge

[Ardclach Bell Tower]

The Findhorn is one of Scotland's mighty rivers. It's one of the country's longest water courses and its massive catchment area (covering both the Monadhliath Mountains and the massive Dava moor) is responsible for huge - and occasionally devastating - changes in water levels after storms. But it's a difficult river to become familiar with: long sections are miles from the nearest road while other parts flow through deep gorges with thick undergrowth and no paths. A few locations offer good access though, mostly receiving few visitors but revealing a couple of intensely beautiful scenes, seemingly untouched by modern life.

[Dulsie Bridge (September 2012)]

Name: Ardclach Bell Tower ☆☆☆
Description: Beautiful slice of the Mediterranean in the Scottish Highlands: a tiny, yellow bell tower housing the bell for the parish church below, although probably originally serving as a prison! Two rooms to explore inside.
Location: Minor road just before Ardclach Old Parish Church, G.R.: NH 954453 ///slab.evoke.relate
Open: Always
Cost: Free

Name: Dulsie Bridge ☆☆☆
Description: 60-foot high, arched road bridge dating to 1755, over an otherwise inaccessible stretch of Findhorn gorge.
Location: Minor road 4 miles south-west of Ferness (parking on south side), G.R.: NH 932415 ///protrude.really.force
Anything else? Follow the path a little way to the west (upstream) for good views of the bridge.

>> see separate post for Walk: Darnaway hideaway - Findhorn west bank ★☆☆
>> see separate post for Walk: Randolph's Leap - foray along the Findhorn ★☆☆

[Gorge at Dulsie Bridge (September 2012)]


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