Brides Veil Waterfall

Isle of Skye / near Portree / near Kyle of Lochalsh, Inverness-shire, Scotland

Rating: 2     Difficulty: 1.5
Bride's Veil Waterfall

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INTRODUCTION

The Brides Veil Waterfall (or Bride's Veil Waterfall) was a roadside waterfall that was a worthwhile photo stop not only because it was an attractive cascade that can be composed in many different ways in a photograph, but it also had a few other things going for it. For example, it was also within view of the eccentric Old Man Storr, which was a rock formation protruding apart from the larger group of rocky hills called The Storr. And while the falls was easily viewable from the pullout (or layby as they say in the UK), it was worth the short climb to get up to the top of the falls to take in the views of the mountains further inland as well as views back out towards Loch Leathan. My only regret was not having the presence of mind to scramble to the other side of the falls and compose a photograph showing both the Bride's Veil with the Old Man Storr in one frame.

As for the short scramble up, it was pretty straightforward. The only catch was that there was a lot of muddy spots where it could get a bit slippery and messy without the right footwear or without choosing wisely where to plant your foot. It was only by doing this scramble was it possible to pay closer attention to the motion of the water snaking its way down towards the sound, and I'd imagine that many of the Webshots or other stock photos we had encountered well before us coming to the Isle of Skye in late August 2014 must have done just that when they composed their partial photographs of the Bride's Veil Waterfall.

Finally, we somehow missed this waterfall when we were driving north from Portree to Kilt Rock, but when we were headed back to Portree from Kilt Rock, the waterfall was hard to miss. Overall, it took us about 45 minutes to take in the whole experience, including all the picture taking and the scrambling. But we very easily could've taken far less time or spend quite a bit more time here. Like with the many ways one could capture their own experiences here, the same goes for how one could spend their time here as well.




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PHOTO JOURNAL

When we were headed to the Isle of Skye, we were caught off guard by this castle that was jutting out into a large lake or fjord.  It turned out to be the Eilean Donan CastleWhen we were headed to the Isle of Skye, we were caught off guard by this castle that was jutting out into a large lake or fjord. It turned out to be the Eilean Donan Castle
Portree was a nice place to have a quick lunch as well as a quick tour of possibly the largest town in the Isle of Skye. We didn't do the coastal walk, but that's said to be the best thing to do therePortree was a nice place to have a quick lunch as well as a quick tour of possibly the largest town in the Isle of Skye. We didn't do the coastal walk, but that's said to be the best thing to do there
If you happened to catch Bride's Veil Waterfall first, don't forget to continue another 5 miles to Kilt Rock and Mealt FallsIf you happened to catch Bride's Veil Waterfall first, don't forget to continue another 5 miles to Kilt Rock and Mealt Falls
While driving the A82 back towards Inverness from Skye, we managed to fit in a visit to Urquhart Castle, which overlooks Loch Ness and could very well be the most worthwhile Loch Ness excursionWhile driving the A82 back towards Inverness from Skye, we managed to fit in a visit to Urquhart Castle, which overlooks Loch Ness and could very well be the most worthwhile Loch Ness excursion
Crossing the A855 road and walking past the layby towards the Bride's Veil WaterfallCrossing the A855 road and walking past the layby towards the Bride's Veil Waterfall

At the bottom of the scramble looking towards the Bride's Veil backed by some attractive mountainsAt the bottom of the scramble looking towards the Bride's Veil backed by some attractive mountains

As you can see some people already made it to the top on both sides of the stream.  Perhaps I should've taken a clue from these folks and should've gotten to the other side as well for that photo of Old Man Storr with the Bride's Veil togetherAs you can see some people already made it to the top on both sides of the stream. Perhaps I should've taken a clue from these folks and should've gotten to the other side as well for that photo of Old Man Storr with Bride's Veil together

Now that I'm higher up on the scramble, I was able to get this closer look at the Bride's VeilNow that I'm higher up on the scramble, I was able to get this closer look at the Bride's Veil

Now that I was at the top of Bride's Veil Waterfall, I was able to look back down over the falls towards Loch LeathanNow that I was at the top of Bride's Veil Waterfall, I was able to look back down over the falls towards Loch Leathan

Looking back down the scramble towards the laybys off Road A855 backed by Loch LeathanLooking back down the scramble towards the laybys off Road A855 backed by Loch Leathan

While I was at the top of Brides Veil Waterfall, I was also able to look to the north and get this view of the Old Man Storr.  Now if only I had the presence of mind to cross the stream and look in the same direction across the waterfall...While I was at the top of Brides Veil Waterfall, I was also able to look to the north and get this view of the Old Man Storr. Now if only I had the presence of mind to cross the stream and look in the same direction across the waterfall...

Looking further upstream from the top of Brides Veil WaterfallLooking further upstream from the top of Brides Veil Waterfall

A closer look at the kind of footing I had to deal with for the scramble to get up and down alongside the Brides Veil WaterfallA closer look at the kind of footing I had to deal with for the scramble to get up and down alongside the Brides Veil Waterfall

Last look back at the Bride's Veil Waterfall from the bottom before we would continue driving to the town of PortreeLast look back at the Bride's Veil Waterfall from the bottom before we would continue driving to the town of Portree


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS


Upstream to downstream sweep of the falls from part way up its slope


Sweep from the top of the waterfall while also showing the Old Man Storr further to the north


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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

The Brides Veil Waterfall was in between Portree and Kilt Rock. It was actually a very short distance south of the laybys for the hike to get up to Old Man Storr. According to my GPS logs, the layby for the Bride's Veil was roughly 10 miles north of Portree or 5 miles south of Kilt Rock.

For directions on getting to Portree, see the Mealt Falls page. It took us roughly 3 hours to make the drive from Inverness to Portree.

Finally, for some additional context, our base of Inverness was 65 miles (about 90-120 minutes drive) northeast of Fort William, 155 miles (3.5 hours drive) north of Edinburgh and 169 miles (3.5 hours drive) north of Glasgow.




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ITINERARIES

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MAP OF THE FALLS



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TRIP REPORTS

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