Walk: Plodda Falls - through fir to the fall

[Plodda Falls]

Glen Affric and its neighbouring valleys don't do anything on a small scale, but this 50-metre waterfall is the region's tallest, beating nearby Guisachan waterfall in both power and scale. It's almost as if the waterfall and the surrounding Douglas Fir trees are competing in a height contest with each other - both are magnificent. This loop leaves the waterfall as a final climax, approached from the base with the top of the fall high above. In fact you'll be looking up for most of this walk - this forest contains some of Scotland's tallest trees. Whether that or the potholed approach road will make your neck ache more is open to debate.

[A newish viewing platform juts out directly over the abyss]

Name: Walk: Plodda Falls - through fir to the fall ★★★
Length: 3 km / 2 miles
Ascent: 90 metres
Points of interest: Douglas Firs, Plodda Falls
Start / finish: Car park on minor road southwest of Tomich, G.R.: NH 280238 / frosted riverbed successor

Route: Car park - Abhainn Deabhag near Plodda Lodge - Plodda Falls - car park. Route waymarked in green (see here).
Terrain: Earthy narrow footpaths and forest tracks. Steep ascent from base to top of falls.
Wildlife today: Pine marten spotted from the approach road to the falls, scampering along the track in front.
Weather today: Sunshine and scattered clouds, temperature creeping into low teens.
Anything else? Access to car park involves 4 1/2 miles of unsurfaced, potholed road - probably not recommended for cars with very low ground clearance. Car park has a charge but tickets are usable at all Forestry Commission car parks.

[The huge Douglas Fir trees here were planted by Lord Gladstone in the 1880's]


Route credit: Forestry Commission

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