Falls of Acharn and Kenmore Hill

Cathy and Jazz on Kenmore Hill

What better way to finish off my “forties” than a walk in the soaking wet to see a waterfall?    We weren’t going to let a highland downpour put us off doing a rectangular circuit from Kenmore along the south bank of Loch Tay, up to the Falls of Acharn, then along the Queen's Drive to Kenmore Hill and then back down the road to Kenmore.  And a good thing too, because this was a cracker, and only misses out on a coveted five star rating because the Missus doesn’t like walking on roads.

Cathy and Acharn Falls

Falls of Acharn

The road bashing in the rain wasn’t great for the spirits but at Acharn we can head up the steep track.  Near the top we spotted a sign for the Hermit's Cave and went in, primarily for some shelter from the rain 1.  It turns out this leads to the main viewing platform for the Falls of Acharn – lucky. Given the volume of rain we’d had recently, the waterfall looked pretty impressive.  The path continues and crosses a nicely solid bridge built by the Army 2 with great views of the upper falls.  We now leave the wood and onto the open moor, and at this point the rain eases off.

Queen’s Drive, Acharn

Jazz on the sniff for Black Grouse

Loch Tay

The track across the moor is called Queen's Drive because Queen Victoria did it while on honeymoon at Kenmore Castle 3.  The newish Rob Roy Way from Drymen to Pitlochry follows this route as it passes Kenmore Hill (or Creag an Fhùdair to give it the name from the OS map).  The estate has done a great job planting native trees on this hill and putting in various signed paths.  We bolted together the yellow and red routes over the hill, and would strongly recommend this.  From the hill you get a fantastic view over Loch Tay to Schiehallion and the Lawers range of mountains.  And if you want guaranteed sighting of Black Grouse then this is the place – Jazz didn’t know which to turn, there were so many.

Rainbow over Kenmore

The positive aspect of this morning’s rain was that we were treated to rainbows over Kenmore – and full fat, double arch, need-a-panoramic-camera grade of rainbow.

Notes:

  1. No-one can say I don’t know how to treat a girl!
  2. When you are crossing a precipitous ravine you want the Corps of Engineers getting decent, solid infrastructure in place!
  3. What would Visit Scotland have done without her?  We’d be stuck with golf and Rabbie – yikes.
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