Walk: Forgotten Falls of Turret

[One of the waterfalls making up the Falls of Turret]

A visit to the Falls of Turret is a descent into a lost world, to a beauty spot popular 150 years ago but now all but forgotten. The 1845 New Statistical Account of Scotland says this of the upper fall: "...the bosom of a deep and thickly planted dell, where this stream, as if struggling to find a passage, has worn a chasm in the opposing and nearly meeting rocks, a beautiful cascade is formed, of the height of thirty feet, over which the water, when swollen with rain, rushes with a deafening roar." The atmosphere of the place wasn't lost on the local landowner, who built a bridge, seat and rock-cut grotto at the base of the falls for lucky visitors. It's still an enchanting location, with the rusting bench and bridge miraculously still standing after decades of stormy winters; the history enriches what is, in reality, an attractive but unexceptional waterfall. Getting down to burn level from the track above is a bit of an adventure though: any path is long gone and there are a couple of fallen trees to clamber over whilst negotiating steep ground. At least when you make it to the bottom you're pretty much guaranteed to get the place to yourself.

[Old bridge at the Falls of Turret]

Name: Walk: Forgotten Falls of Turret ☆☆☆
Length: 1 km / <1 mile
Ascent: 80 metres
Points of interest: Falls of Turret
Start / finish: Minor road between Glenturret Distillery and Loch Turret Reservoir, G.R.: NN 838246 / cheerful miracles hiked

Route: Start - cross Kiplonie Bridge - follow track (or path to left) downstream on south side of burn - Falls of Turret - return by outward route
Terrain: Good tracks (or rougher path) most of the way, then very steep descent (only hints of a path) to burn level for waterfalls and grotto.
Wildlife today: Forest birds and a few annoying wasps.
Weather today: Mostly sunny overhead, though shady and damp by the burn.

[Rusting seat by the falls]


Route credit: Scotland off the beaten track

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