Pirner's Brig

Angus | Edzell | Waterfall | ★★

[Rapids above Pirner's Brig]

The wooded banks of the West Water near Edzell Castle have long been a popular local beauty spot. A footbridge just beyond the picnic benches and car park is known as Pirner's Brig: named after the pirn in weaving terminology - this being the business of the bridge's benefactor. The original bridge has now been refurbished after a period of closure, with an informal path leading upstream into quieter surroundings on the other side. After following the top of a shallow gorge, you'll be able to descend - with care - to a set of unnamed but attractive rapids where the river is squeezed between enormous boulders.

[Rapids above Pirner's Brig]

Location & info

📌 Pirner's Brig ★★
On the West Water, off minor road 1.5 mi east of Edzell. Main rapids are at G.R.: NO 573689 ///handrail.doubts.losses
❌ No public transport within 1 mi | 🚗 Car park at G.R.: NO 578689 ///gratitude.loom.pounce
Always open | Free

💬 From the car park it's a 10-min walk to the rapids pictured above. Take a path a very short distance upstream to the footbridge over the West Water, and follow the narrow path ahead to a field. A gate needs to be climbed, beyond which faint trods lead right (east), soon returning to the river bank. The rough path becomes overgrown in the immediate vicinity of the rapids / falls, and good views are only possible by leaving the path (steep drops, slippery rocks and fast flowing water - care needed). A more easily reachable viewpoint for a lower stretch of river is down a flight of steps from the car park.

[Pirner's Brig]

[Rapids next to the car park]

[View from the bridge]

[Path along the West Water]

[Rapids above Pirner's Brig]

[West Water above the rapids]


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