I was first introduced to the Falls of Falloch when I saw a photograph posted on Facebook by photographer Ross Gilmore. To date, I have now visited the falls twice, my first visit was in July and my second was in October. The falls were more spectacular in July which is not surprising, after all, we all know how wet the west of Scotland can be in during the summer months.
The Falls of Falloch are Situated in the north part of Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park and are just over three miles from the village of Crianlarich on the A82. The falls are 30 feet high and are part of the River Falloch which passes through Glen Falloch before entering Loch Lomond at Ardlui.
My first visit in July was not planned as such, we had planned to travel up to Loch Lomond for the day and decided to continue up the A82 which is the sort of thing that always makes days out more interesting. The falls are sign posted and after turning off the main road it is only a very short distance to the car park. The car park is a decent size and I have always been able to get a parking space, if you are unlucky and all the spaces have been taken I would wait in your car, most people only stop here for a quick look and a photograph.
My second visit in October was planned as a stopping point on my way up to Fort William, it gives you the chance to stretch your legs on what is a long journey. I had also packed more gear for this trip so I was able to use some neutral density filters to get a slow shutter speed for that silky look to the water.
From the car park it is only a short walk up to the main area to view the falls, there are also benches at this point so if your not in to much of a hurry you can have a seat and enjoy the beauty of nature in a peaceful glen.
If you continue on the path past this viewing point you will come to another much higher viewing point in the form of a steel cage in the trees. This steel viewing point was designed by John Kennedy and is called Woven Sound. A diary entry from Dorothy Wordsworth recalling the numerous Romantic writers and painters who visited the Falls in the early 19th century is etched into a steel plate at the end of Woven Sound.
The Falls of Falloch are also known as Rob Roy’s bathtub and is a popular spot for a bit of wild swimming and diving, I would imagine the temperature of the water would prevent most people from staying in to long.
If you happen to be travelling along the A82 the Falls of Falloch are a well worthwhile stopping off point.