Walk: Golspie's (small) Big Burn
|[Big Burn waterfall]|
The huge size of the boulders in the stream bed are usually the only thing hinting that Golspie's Big Burn may actually be well-named. Popular paths lead from the A9 to a dramatic gorge-like stretch of water course, criss-crossed by footbridges often sandwiched between vertical rock walls. The climax is a waterfall that's hidden until the last moment and too tall to be captured in a single photo. Much more straightforward than the longer hill and coastal walks in the area, with the dense tree cover making it suitable for a wet day.
|[Millpond (or curling pond?) on the return]|
Name: Walk: Golspie's (small) Big Burn ★★★★☆
Length: 3 km / 2 miles
Ascent: 80 metres
Points of interest: Big Burn viaduct, gorge & waterfall
Start / finish: Car park off A9 on east side of Golspie, G.R.: NC 840006 / recount richest snowstorm
Route: Car park - Big Burn viaduct (cross footbridge) - Big Burn gorge - Big Burn waterfall via path closest to burn - retrace steps slightly then ascend to cross burn above waterfall - millpond via higher path on east side - viaduct - start
Terrain: Slightly muddy paths through woodland, steep especially after waterfall.
Wildlife today: Forest birds; a few ducks on the millpond.
Weather today: Cloudy with occasional brighter spells, temperatures in mid-teens.
|[Railway viaduct over the Big Burn]|
Route credit: Walkhighlands