A – Z of Locations: F is for the Falls of Bruar

During this year I shall be posting photographs from places around the UK, many of which have not been published before. Where I have previously blogged about a location I will provide a link to the post, though you won’t be able to comment on it as I restrict comments to six months.

F is for the Falls of Bruar

The Falls of Bruar are a series of at least three pretty significant waterfalls on the Bruar Water in Scotland, about 8 miles from Pitlochry in the council area of Perth and Kinross. The start of the trail is behind the House of Bruar, Scotland’s most prestigious independent store and shopping outlet.

The Lower Falls

One of the Falls most famous visitors was Scotland’s national bard, Robert Burns, who wrote a poem about them. “The Humble Petition of Bruar Water to the Noble Duke of Atholl” was a plea to the landowner to plant trees along the banks as Burns was not impressed by the lack of trees and shrubs.

“Would then my noble master please
To grant my highest wishes
He’ll shade my banks wi’ tow’ring trees
And bonnie spreading bushes
Delighted doubly then my Lord
You’ll wander on my banks
And listen mony a grateful bird
Return you tuneful thanks”.

The Middle Falls

It is a pleasant walk through the larch and Scots pine trees alongside the river though we turned around at the middle falls as signs to the upper falls suggested it was rather precarious and we didn’t fancy a broken ankle or worse.

“This path is steep and rough in places with severe exposed drops into the gorge.”

Pathway through the trees to the falls.

When Burns died the duke created the forest in his memory, and landscaped the area with decorative bridges and paths.

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I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

29 thoughts on “A – Z of Locations: F is for the Falls of Bruar”

  1. Thanks for what for me is a pretty ancient memory. Last seen when on a hostelling holiday with my yoof club. Needless to say, there was no shopping outlet then. Goodness, I’ve just done the maths . It was nearly 60 years ago!

  2. A pretty area unbeknown to me. Such trees are good for ICM, I can’t resist having a go when woodland appears. I’ve made a mental note to visit the House of Bruar, thanks for the tip.
    It’s a grey murky day on the Norfolk coast today, hope you have better light. X

  3. Looks a lovely place, Jude! Given that “This path is steep and rough in places with severe exposed drops into the gorge.”, I think you were very wise to turn around!

      1. Hehe, And the odd one who says ‘Oh, Bruar!’ The area is one that’s very familiar because we’ve spent a fair bit of time in Perthshire. However, we’ve never actually been to the falls because we’ve always just stopped at the House of Bruar for something to eat on our way up north. (I do miss these rocky rivers and dramatic falls – so different to the river here.)

        1. It’s very beautiful countryside up there and the walk behind the shopping centre is really nice. I miss proper mountain views!

  4. I have been to Pitlochry, but missed out on the falls. No Internet then, so no adequate research done. If I ever get back there, I will be sure to find them.
    Best wishes, Pete. x

  5. What a beautiful tribute to Robert Burns. I’m glad the forest was planted in his memory because now everyone who visits can enjoy it. The steep and rough parts of the track wouldn’t worry me but the severe exposed drops into the gorge would be freaky.

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