Black Spout

Pitlochry / Blair Atholl, Scotland, UK (Great Britain)

About Black Spout


Hiking Distance: 2 miles round trip (to falls only); optional 2.4 miles loop
Suggested Time: 90 minutes (but can be as little as 30 minutes)

Date first visited: 2014-08-23
Date last visited: 2014-08-23

Waterfall Latitude: 56.69993
Waterfall Longitude: -3.71044

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The Black Spout Waterfall was a pleasant waterfalling diversion from the shopping, golfing, and the whisky tasting that the town of Pitlochry seemed to be known for.

In fact, it was possible to combine this waterfalling excursion in the Black Spout Wood with a whisky-tasting tour or two!

Pitlochry_038_08232014 - The Black Spout Waterfall
The Black Spout Waterfall

But aside from Pitlochry’s other attractions, the waterfall itself was no slouch as you can see from the picture above.

It possessed an attractive plunge plus a few hidden upper tiers that was said to have a cumulative drop of 60m high.

I do wonder how generous of a figure that might be considering Gray Mare’s Tail in Southern Scotland was also said to be 60m high but clearly was taller than this one.

A Convenient Waterfall from Pitlochry

Still, once we got settled at our accommodation in Pitlochry, it turned out that I was able to walk to this waterfall direct from the town itself.

Pitlochry_002_08232014 - My walk to the Black Spout Waterfall started and ended in the town of Pitlochry, which was where we were staying
My walk to the Black Spout Waterfall started and ended in the town of Pitlochry, which was where we were staying

What’s even more surprising was that despite the falls’ proximity to town, I pretty much had it to myself as the falls experience was about as tranquil as one could possibly ask for.

Technically, I could have driven to a dedicated car park that was barely less than 15-20 minutes walk from the Black Spout Waterfall itself.

This car park was just a minute or two drive east of Pitlochry along the A924 road (see directions below).

But I’ll describe my experience from the town of Pitlochry itself since that was where we were staying, and where I began and ended my hike.

Pitlochry_009_08232014 - Looking back at a channel passing by a whisky distillery while I was walking to the Black Spout Waterfall
Looking back at a channel passing by a whisky distillery while I was walking to the Black Spout Waterfall

It was also a sensible centre for having a meal, going shopping, or just checking out the small but charming town itself.

Detailed Description of the Hike to Black Spout from Pitlochry

From the visitor centre in Pitlochry, I walked east on the A924 passing by a railroad bridge as well as a gated driving entrance leading up to the castle-like Atholl Palace Hotel and Museum.

Just past the railway bridge (about 10 minutes walk from the visitor centre), I saw the Blair Atholl Distillery.

This was actually my first opportunity to take a detour from the Black Spout Waterfall hike and do a bit of a Scottish whisky tasting tour.

Pitlochry_088_08232014 - Looking up at the castle-like Atholl Palace Hotel and Museum
Looking up at the castle-like Atholl Palace Hotel and Museum

After another five minutes of walking along the A924, I went past a petrol station, which happened to have partial views towards the Atholl Palace above the trees.

The walk then led me to a signposted turnoff indicating there was parking for the Black Spout in 200 yards to the left.

Once I walked onto the small single-lane road going beneath a railroad bridge, I then encountered the formal car park for the waterfall less than 5 minutes walk from the A924 road.

Continuing on the now undrivable road (except for ATVs or 4x4s), the trail went steeply uphill as it went alongside a golf course with the Atholl Palace in the background.

Pitlochry_045_08232014 - Broad look at the Black Spout Waterfall from the narrow lookout area
Broad look at the Black Spout Waterfall from the narrow lookout area

After another 10 minutes or so of walking from the car park (maybe 5 minutes past the golf course), I then took a narrower signposted path that led me up to a lookout platform with a direct view of the Black Spout Waterfall.

It was a satisfying frontal view where I could use the railings as sort of a makeshift tripod.

But other than this view, there wasn’t a whole lot more I could experience as far as the falls was concerned.

Optional Loop Hike Back to Pitlochry from Black Spout

The trail actually continued alongside the steep gorge (though the falls became obstructed).

Pitlochry_060_08232014 - Looking across the fields nearby the Edradour Distillery nearby the Black Spout Waterfall
Looking across the fields nearby the Edradour Distillery nearby the Black Spout Waterfall

At first I thought it would lead me up to the top of the Black Spout.

But instead, it merely led me in a roundabout way back to the main trail, where that trail would continue going further uphill through the Black Spout Woods eventually towards a trail leading to the Edradour Distillery.

For kicks, I actually walked all the way towards the distillery as the scenery opened up from woodlands to farmlands with decent pastoral views towards the neighboring hills.

However, because I didn’t bring any money on me, I wasn’t able to do a hand-made whisky tasting tour at Edradour after visiting the falls.

Pitlochry_085_08232014 - Passing by the Atholl Palace Hotel and Museum during my long loop hike after from the Black Spout Waterfall back to Pitlochry
Passing by the Atholl Palace Hotel and Museum during my long loop hike after from the Black Spout Waterfall back to Pitlochry

That was another opportunity missed as they were also near closing time when I showed up.

On the way back to Pitlochry, I made a somewhat roundabout detour passing by the Atholl Palace Hotel and Museum (inadvertently stumbling upon a wedding party at the time).

Eventually, I passed by the hotel and headed back down into town to rejoin Julie and Tahia for an evening dinner and stroll in the town of Pitlochry itself.

Overall, I spent about 90 minutes doing this long loop walk, but truthfully, if one were so inclined to just do the waterfall and back, it probably should take no more than an hour or so.

Pitlochry_097_08232014 - Finally making it back to Pitlochry after my adventure to the Black Spout Waterfall
Finally making it back to Pitlochry after my adventure to the Black Spout Waterfall

Of course, if you parked at the car park closest to the Black Spout, then the whole excursion might not even take 30 minutes.

In any case, the difficulty score I’m giving this excursion reflected the way I was doing it from Pitlochry.

Finally, the time commitment that I suggested for the Black Spout can easily be spread out over longer durations if you do the whisky tours at the neighbouring venues.

Authorities

Black Spout resides in Pitlochry in Perthshire, Scotland. It may be administered by the town of Pitlochry. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, you can try to visit the Perthshire Tourism Board website.

Pitlochry_006_08232014 - The driveway leading up towards the Atholl Palace Hotel and Museum as I walked towards the Black Spout
Pitlochry_012_08232014 - Looking up towards the Atholl Palace Hotel and Museum from the A924 road on my way to the Black Spout Waterfall
Pitlochry_028_08232014 - As I was walking uphill beyond the car park closest to the Black Spout, I skirted past this golf course fronting the Atholl Palace Hotel and Museum
Pitlochry_030_08232014 - Another look at the golf course flanking the trail to Black Spout
Pitlochry_032_08232014 - Beyond the golf course, the trail then entered the bush, where I then followed the signs leading me closer to the Black Spout overlook
Pitlochry_036_08232014 - Context of the narrow overlook and the Black Spout Waterfall
Pitlochry_037_08232014 - Clean look at the Black Spout Waterfall from the narrow overlook
Pitlochry_040_08232014 - More zoomed in look at the attractive Black Spout Waterfall
Pitlochry_070_08232014 - Hiking towards the Edradour Distillery after having visited the Black Spout Waterfall
Pitlochry_073_08232014 - When heading back from Edradour, I got these views as I was walking on the grass and headed back into the tree cover of the Black Spout Woods
Pitlochry_075_08232014 - Traversing a muddy stretch of trail as I was taking the scenic route back to Pitlochry from the Black Spout Waterfall
Pitlochry_080_08232014 - Looking down at some kind of hidden cascade while taking the scenic route back from Black Spout to Pitlochry
Pitlochry_084_08232014 - Continuing on my tranquil scenic route walk from the Black Spout Waterfall to Pitlochry
Pitlochry_093_08232014 - Leaving the Atholl Palace driveway and about to rejoin the A924 road leading back to Pitlochry
Pitlochry_105_08232014 - Finally rejoining the family after ending my scenic route adventure to Black Spout and back

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Pitlochry (and the Black Spout) is about about 28 miles north on the A9 from Perth.

This drive would probably take around an hour.

Pitlochry_020_08232014 - The narrow turnoff leading to the nearest car park for the Black Spout Waterfall
The narrow turnoff leading to the nearest car park for the Black Spout Waterfall

From Edinburgh, it’s probably a solid 1.5-2 hours going 70 miles north on a combination of the A90, M90, and A9.

To get to Pitlochry from Inverness, drive about 86 miles south on the A9.

This drive would take a solid 90-120 minutes depending on traffic, especially since it’s pretty much two lanes in opposite directions almost the entire way so passing opportunities are very limited.

Once in Pitlochry, we ended up parking at our bed and breakfast accommodation just east of the visitor center.

Pitlochry_022_08232014 - The car park nearest to the Black Spout Waterfall
The car park nearest to the Black Spout Waterfall

It’s also possible to park in the visitor centre itself.

However, if you really want to minimize the amount of walking to the Black Spout Waterfall, you can continue driving east of Pitlochry along the A924 for about 0.6 miles to the signposted turnoff for Black Spout on the left.

Then take the final 1/4-mile of single-track road beneath a railroad bridge to the car park itself.

Sweep of the impressive Black Spout before panning over to the lookout and surroundings

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