Walk: Livingston's jaw-dropping waterfall

West Lothian | Livingston | Short walk | ★★★

[Linn Jaw lower falls]

What springs to mind when someone mentions Livingston, West Lothian? Sprawling road junctions, retail parks, 1960s architecture... how about a splendid waterfall? Under a mile from the town's southernmost suburbs, the Camilty Water drops into a short but beautiful gorge sharply at odds with the gentleness of the surrounding farmland. Two substantial waterfalls and several smaller ones tumble into the depths; the largest is actually fed by a crumbling mill lade (the mill no longer exists) but this isn't obvious from below. The walk from the nearest road begins promisingly, but the last few hundred metres are a bit sketchy: stepping stones across a side burn, and a very slippery slope to reach the best viewpoint - more details below.

[Paths are decent for most of the route... but not all of it]

📌 Walk: Livingston's jaw-dropping waterfall ★★★
▶ 1 km / <1 mile | ▲ 20 metres
Features: Linn Jaw (waterfall)
Start / finish: Space for only one or two cars at minor road corner, half a mile south of Balgreen Farm and 2 miles south of Murieston, Livingston, G.R.: NT 060627 ///grows.alone.giant

Route: Start - path alongside north bank of Camilty Water to footbridge at G.R.: NT 064629 - follow south bank for 200 metres until path bends right to follow a tributary upstream - leave path to cross tributary on stepping stones - Linn Jaw upper falls are immediately downstream - lower falls - return by outward route
Terrain: Clear path except for last 300 metres generally gives good going. Then only faint, rough path to waterfalls with uneven stepping stones to cross tributary (not possible in spate, though fallen logs may be an alternative) and unprotected drops next to the path. The best views of the more impressive lower falls involve descending a steep, muddy bank which is often extremely slippery - care needed and expect to get muddy.
Wildlife today: Bewildered sheep and lamb at the foot of the falls; roe deer crossing the road on the way to the start; dippers.
Weather today: 8°C, mostly cloudy to start but sun increasingly breaking through.

📌 Linn Jaw ★★★
On the Camilty Water a mile south of Murieston, Livingston, G.R.: NT 065631 ///tiger.afraid.dolphin

Anything else? Easiest access to the waterfall is by the route described above.

[Upper (manmade) falls]

Route map

Route credit: Scotland off the beaten track

Chronological photo guide

[Ponds near the start]

[Burnside path]

[Burnside path]

[Footbridge over the Camilty Water]

[Camilty Water]

[Stepping stones are used to cross a tributary before the falls - impassable in spate]

[Camilty Water just above the main falls]

[Upper (manmade) falls]

[Rapids below the upper falls]

[Muddy ground to reach the bank below the lower falls]

[Camilty Water below the lower falls]

[Lower (main) falls]


  1. Fabulous falls! But I'll have to rely on these photos as proof as the hike down for the view definitely surpasses my abilities!


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Walk: Holborn Head a-Hoy!

Dundonald Castle