Walk: Strathaven stravaig to Spectacle E'e falls

South Lanarkshire | Strathaven | Half day walk | ★★★

[Spectacle E'e Falls]

The ruins of an old mill stand close to a waterfall on the Kype Water just northwest of Sandford village (no relation to the setting for Hot Fuzz, but just as peaceful). Once upon a time, a local lad fell for the miller's daughter here. The miller disapproved of the romance and forbade the relationship. As revenge, the young male lover threw his eyeglass into the mill's thatch, which soon caught fire. The sorry tale destroyed the mill and christened the waterfalls - Spectacle E'e (Eye) falls - which are impressive in spate. Starting in the historic market town of Strathaven has the disadvantage of a longish road walk to end the route but also the chance to visit the town's castle ruin - and the possibility of finding refreshment at the start or finish.

[Path along the Avon Water]

Location & info

📌 Walk: Strathaven & Spectacle E'e ★★★
Start / finish at Common Green, Strathaven town centre, G.R.: NS 702445 ///wasps.unite.plotting
🚌 Bus to Strathaven | 🚗 Car park

▶ 5 km / 3 mi | ▲ 120 m | ⌚ Half a day
Features: Strathaven ★★; Strathaven Castle ; Spectacle E'e mill & falls
Moderate | Faint paths across farmland to Avon Water, then clear paths but slippery / rough in places. Road section has a pavement.

Route: Start - Strathaven - Strathaven Castle - path from back of castle emerges back on A71 - B7086 to G.R.: NS 708438 - bridge over Avon Water - Spectacle E'e mill & falls - Sandford - track to G.R.: NS 703431 - B7086 to start

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On our visit

Wildlife: Butterflies, starlings, swallows; dipper at the falls. Cows and sheep in adjacent fields.
Weather: 15°C, sunshine (despite forecast showers).

Also on this walk

📌 Spectacle E'e falls ★★
On the Kype Water, 10-min walk northwest of Sandford, G.R.: NS 715434 ///cooks.young.binds
🚌 Bus to Strathaven (1 mi) | 🚗 Street parking in Sandford
Always open | Free

💬 Quickest routes to the falls (without doing the whole walk) are as follows: from Sandford it's a 10-min walk (each way) using part of the route in reverse; from Strathaven it's a 1 mi walk (each way) using the start of the route.

Chronological photo guide

[Strathaven town centre]

[Strathaven Castle]

[Powmillon Burn at Strathaven]

[Leaving Strathaven]

[A signpost marks where to leave the main road]

[All say "ahhhhh!"]

[Bridge over the Avon Water]

[Avon Water]

[Path along the Avon Water]

[Path along the Kype Water]

[Remains of Spectacle E'e Mill]

[Kype Water just below Spectacle E'e Falls]

[Dipper at the falls]

[Spectacle E'e Falls]

[Path beyond the waterfall]

[Upper fall]


[Kype Water at Sandford]


[Rural views from the track out of Sandford]

[Road return - at least there's a pavement]


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