Glen Orchy waterfalls
The River Orchy boasts a trio of fine waterfalls in the secluded middle section of its course between Dalmally and Bridge of Orchy, popular with kayakers yet strangely neglected by most other tourists. But maybe that's about to change: the single-track B8074 follows the glen, and new car parks and paths have made access to two of the falls easier than ever. Each end of the road connects to a major highway, so it makes sense to visit all the falls in turn as part of a circuit from Tyndrum (or as a minor detour on the way to Glen Coe or Oban from down south). These waterfalls aren't notable for their height, but each has an attractive setting, with fine rock architecture carved by centuries of fluvial erosion at Eas Urchaidh in particular. If you have flexibility over when to go, try and visit during moderate flow levels, as full spate conditions would cover the rock outcrops which make each spot interesting.
|[Eas a' Chathaidh]|
📌 Eas Urchaidh (lower fall) ★★★☆☆
Location: B8074 7 miles southwest of Bridge of Orchy (car park adjacent), G.R.: NN 243321 ///volcano.suspends.drive
📌 Eas a' Chathaidh (middle fall) ★★☆☆☆
Location: Off B8074 6 miles southwest of Bridge of Orchy, G.R.: NN 247330 ///summit.certainly.rocked
Anything else? From the rough layby (space for a few cars) at G.R.: NN 246327 ///sake.lifeguard.skips it's a 5-min walk to the falls on a wide and level path.
📌 Easan Dubha (upper fall) ★☆☆☆☆
Location: B8074 4 miles southwest of Bridge of Orchy (rough layby nearby), G.R.: NN 266357 ///riverbank.rams.courts
|[Looking downstream from Eas Urchaidh]|
|[Minor fall by the layby for Eas a' Chathaidh]|
|[Looking downstream from Eas a' Chathaidh]|
|[Downstream from Eas a' Chathaidh]|