Walking is one of the most popular activities in Scotland - and with an array of mountains, forests and beaches to explore, there’s an adventure to be had at every twist and turn. Now that frostier weather is on the horizon, a trip to Scotland wouldn’t be complete without wrapping up warm and heading out on a woodland walk.
Scotland is home to many spectacular waterfalls hiding amongst the mysterious woodland, so wherever you decide to visit, you’re bound to pass one along the way. Here at Parkdean Resorts, we’ve unearthed some of the most magical waterfalls in Scotland that are a must-see on your next winter holiday.
The Falls of Bruar, Perthshire
Just under 30 minutes from Tummel Valley Holiday Park you’ll find the Falls of Bruar, a series of stunning waterfalls with an interesting history. They’ve been a tourist attraction since the 18th century, after poet Robert Burns wrote ‘The Humble Petition of Bruar Water’. The poem inspired the Duke of Atholl to plant trees around the river bank, to form the beautiful woodland that’s seen today.
The short circular woodland walk, suitable for all ages, offers up incredible views of the waterfalls. On your journey you’ll pass towering trees, cross over ancient stone bridges and get the chance to enjoy a picnic at one of the many seating areas. There are also plenty of viewing spots where you can sit back and take in the dramatic views of the waters below.
Once you’ve admired the waterfalls, warm up with a visit to the House of Bruar. Established as the UK’s Leading Scottish Country Clothing Specialists, you could even get a little bit of Christmas shopping done whilst you’re there. If you’re feeling peckish, don’t forget to visit the House of Bruar Food Hall, where you can try a variety of traditional Scottish food and drink.
Rogie Falls, Strathpeffer
If you’re looking to get up close to spectacular waterfalls, then a trip to Rogie Falls is a must. Just 50 minutes from Nairn Lochloy Holiday Park, you can soak up impressive views from a new suspension bridge crossing the Black Water River. Surrounded by a variety of forest trails, there’s so much to see and do on a visit.
Winter is one of the best times to take a trip to the falls, as the rain and snow make the rushing waters even more extraordinary. Keep your eyes peeled when you’re admiring the waterfalls and the river, as this area is famous for its wild salmon - leaping and jumping upstream! If you fancy a longer walk, take a stroll along the river and head to Contin Forest to catch a glimpse of some wonderful wildlife – including deer and red squirrels. You might even spot otters swimming in the lochs if you’re lucky!
Just 10 minutes from Rogie Falls is Loch Achilty, the perfect place to sit back, relax and enjoy even more stunning views. You wouldn’t believe that this picturesque loch is just a stone’s throw away from a forest, as on arrival, you’ll be greeted by a charming pebble beach. Enjoy a picnic next to the calm waters, or simply wander along the water’s edge.
Craigielinn Waterfall, Paisley
Under an hour from Wemyss Bay Holiday Park is Gleniffer Braes Country Park, where you’ll come across the striking Craigielinn Waterfall. Tucked away in the woodland, the waterfall can be quite tricky to find, making it the perfect place for a peaceful stroll with the family.
The waterfall is about 500 metres west of the car park, with some muddy trails on the way up, so make sure you wear your old trainers or wellies! The waterfall is beautiful all year round, but it’s best known for its amazing icicles that hang during winter. The park is home to endless miles of walking and cycling trails, offering up stunning views of the historic city of Paisley. There are birdwatching sites for wildlife enthusiasts, play areas for children and picnic areas where you can take a well-deserved rest.
On your way back to the holiday park, be sure to stop off at Paisley, one of Scotland’s largest towns. Shortlisted for the UK City of Culture 2021, the town has a rich history, particularly in textiles. There are a variety of attractions where you can immerse yourself in history, including the Abbey, the Town Hall and Paisley Museum and Art Gallery.
Black Spout Waterfall, Pitlochry
If you’re staying at Tummel Valley Holiday Park, then you’re just 30 minutes from Black Spout Wood, home to a towering 190-foot waterfall. This spectacular feature can be seen from the timber viewing platform, after a short walk through the beautiful woodlands.
This impressive waterfall and gorge are easily accessible, and there are plenty of walking trails around the wood that you can explore on your way to the water. One of the most popular routes is the Edradour Black Spout Waterfall Walk, which takes you around the woods and past the smallest and most picturesque distillery in Scotland. Hidden in the heart of Perthshire, a visit to Edradour Distillery is a unique and fun experience, where you’ll learn all about the history of whisky and how it’s produced – and maybe try a tipple or two!
Once back on the walking trail, keep your eyes peeled for a variety of wildlife that’s said to live in the woods, including red squirrels, foxes, voles and deer. As well as the wonderful Black Spout Wood, Pitlochry is home to plenty of other beautiful landscapes just waiting to be discovered, such as Loch Tay, Ben Vrackie and Queen’s View.