Falls of Falloch

Crianlarich / Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, Stirlingshire, Scotland

Rating: 2     Difficulty: 1.5
The Falls of Falloch in full spate thanks to heavy rain

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INTRODUCTION

The Falls of Falloch (Eas Falloch in Scottish Gaelic; meaning the Hidden Falls) was a short excursion waterfall that we made a stop for as we were making the drive from Fort William to Stirling Castle then eventually to Glasgow. Because it had been raining heavily for almost the entire drive between Fort William and the falls, the River Falloch was in full spate, and it flowed with such a fearsome amount of power that I made sure I stayed clear of riverbank edges as a slip and fall in there would've surely meant a drowning. Even though the falls was only 30ft tall, it had a very thick and angry appearance, and it was a far cry from the more graceful flow it might otherwise have as indicated by what was in the literature.

Because it was such a short walk, I was actually able to survey this waterfall twice. Not wanting to deal with the heavy rains, Julie initially had me go out and experience the falls while Tahia was napping. But when I returned to the car less than 25 minutes later, that got Julie and Tahia to don their waterproof gear and make their way to the overlooks of the falls along the very flat and easy trail. Indeed, it was definitely a family-friendly excursion, and the only caveat would be to keep an eye out on the young ones who might tempt fate and approach the dropoffs into the River Falloch.

At the far end of the trail, there were benches as well as a handful of overlooks presenting a frontal view of the waterfall. There was also a less-used trail paralleling the main one alongside the River Falloch, and that less-used trail showed partial views of other smaller cascades further downstream. But as far as the waterfall lookouts were concerned, there was an open one yielding the photo you see at the top of the page. However, there was also a caged walkway leading to an alternate lookout that got us even closer to the waterfall but still on the opposite side of the plunge pool. There was prose engraved at the overlook describing "the Vale of Awful Sound" by Dorothy Wordworth in 1803. Apparently, this caged walkway also had another engraving that said "Woven Sound 2014 John Kennedy", but I wasn't clear whether this was referring to JFK or someone else that happened to have the name John Kennedy.

Even though the weather was bad when we arrived at the Falls of Falloch, when we returned to the car park after our short walk, there were at least a half-dozen other vehicles filling the car park. I guess that attested to the popularity of this waterfall rain or shine.




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PHOTO JOURNAL

In decent weather, Glencoe Valley is very scenic as shown here with two of the three sisters seen opposite the valley from the A82 roadIn decent weather, Glencoe Valley is very scenic as shown here with two of the three sisters seen opposite the valley from the A82 road
We started the 90-minute drive from Fort William (shown here looking over Loch Linnhe), which was a beautiful town that we spent the night in prior to visiting Falls of FallochWe started the 90-minute drive from Fort William (shown here looking over Loch Linnhe), which was a beautiful town that we spent the night in prior to visiting Falls of Falloch
Falls of Falloch was just a stopover on our way to Stirling Castle, which was not only majestic, but also let us experience its interior where employees acted as if they were in the period as wellFalls of Falloch was just a stopover on our way to Stirling Castle, which was not only majestic, but also let us experience its interior where employees acted as if they were in the period as well
Just over 47 miles from the Falls of Falloch was the city of Glasgow, which featured the Style Mile, the Necropolis, and even the attractive Kelvingrove Museum (shown here), which Tahia enjoyed a lotJust over 47 miles from the Falls of Falloch was the city of Glasgow, which featured the Style Mile, the Necropolis, and even the attractive Kelvingrove Museum (shown here), which Tahia enjoyed a lot
On the rainy day we showed up, we were the first at the car park, but we most certainly wouldn't be the lastOn the rainy day we showed up, we were the first at the car park, but we most certainly wouldn't be the last

Following the flat and easy trail to the waterfallFollowing the flat and easy trail to the waterfall

There were some benches along the trail to the Falls of FallochThere were some benches along the trail to the falls

Approaching the misty Falls of Falloch in full spate as the trail started to meander alongside the River FallochApproaching the misty Falls of Falloch in full spate as the trail started to meander alongside the River Falloch

Looking across the raging River Falloch towards another cascade feeding itLooking across the raging River Falloch towards another cascade feeding it

Direct look at the Falls of Falloch in full spateDirect look at the falls in full spate

The caged walkway leading to an even closer look at the Falls of FallochThe caged walkway leading to an even closer look at the falls

Julie and Tahia checking out the Falls of Falloch behind the 1803 prose by Dorothy WordsworthJulie and Tahia checking out the Falls of Falloch behind the 1803 prose by Dorothy Wordsworth

This was the view of the Falls of Falloch from the end of the caged walkwayThis was the view of the falls from the end of the caged walkway


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS


View of the falls in full spate thanks to heavy rain from a caged walkway dedicated to JFK


Right to left sweep showing numerous side waterfalls feeding the stream in full spate before ending with a direct view of the main waterfall itself


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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

From Fort William we drove roughly 50 miles along the A82 road towards the town of Crianlarich. We then continued on the A82 from Crianlarich for another 4.5 miles to the signed-but-easy-to-miss turnoff for the Falls of Falloch car park. True to its name, the car park was somewhat hidden from the A82 road even though it was right next to it. In fact, we actually missed the turnoff and had to do a three-point-turn to get back to it. Overall, this drive took us nearly 90 minutes.

Going in the other direction from Stirling (of Stirling Castle fame), we would go west on the A84 road for nearly 30 miles towards Lochearnhead. Then continue on the A85 road for the next 16 miles towards Crianlarich. Finally, drive the last 4.5 miles on the A82 from Crianlarich to the relatively hidden car park for the Falls of Falloch on the left. This drive would also take about 90 minutes.

Finally for some additional geographical context, Stirling was 97 miles (about 2.5 hours drive) southeast of Fort William, 81 miles (about 2 hours drive) southeast of Glencoe, 27 miles (over 30 minutes drive) northeast of Glasgow, and 37 miles (about an hour drive) northwest of Edinburgh.




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TRIP REPORTS

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