Walk: Lade Inn & Leny - raw power of the Garbh Uisge

[Falls of Leny in full spate]

Just downstream of Loch Lubnaig the Garbh Uisge (Rough Water) cuts a deep valley between Ben Ledi and Meall Biorach. Here are the Falls of Leny - less a waterfall than a powerful set of rapids, focussed around where foaming waters are forced either side of a huge, tree-covered boulder. The old Callander to Oban railway bed provides a flat outward option, but rougher paths follow the river bank more loyally if not flooded, and you need to divert onto these at some stage to see the rapids - hopefully in spate. Wider views of this part of the Trossachs open up on the higher return to the start, with the Lade Inn just around the corner serving good food.

[Ben Ledi with a dusting of new snow on the return]

Name: Walk: Lady Inn & Leny - raw power of the Garbh Uisge ★☆☆
Length: 8 km / 5 miles
Ascent: 220 metres
Points of interest: Falls of Leny
Start / finish: Car park off the A821 across the river from Kilmahog, G.R.: NN 608081 / sides theory otters

Route: Car park - Falls of Leny - Ben Ledi car park - track junction at NN 580093 - start
Terrain: Either a disused railway line or rough riverside path for outward route, with rough paths to view the falls. Steep path ascent beyond, with good track for return. Bog is rare, and avoidable.
Wildlife today: Two large birds of prey circling above Ben Ledi.
Weather today: Sunshine with light showers at start and near finish creating beautiful rainbows. Moderate winds and about 5°C with fresh snow on hills.

[The higher return has good views towards Loch Lubnaig]


Route credit: Walkhighlands (modified)

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