Bracklinn Falls are a series of waterfalls located near to the beautiful town of Callander within the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park.
While the Falls themselves are easily accessed with a short (maybe 30 minute) walk from the nearest car park, where after you reach them you can simply turn back as most people seem to do but it’s also possible to continue on across the bridge and follow a hidden path along the river and up into the forestry tracks before crossing a second bridge and looping back along a single track farm road to the car parks.
If you want to follow our route I’ve described it below, if you’re in the area and have a few hours to spare one sunny morning it’s well worth a wander.
Start: As you enter Callander from the direction of Stirling, you’ll see a tourist sign indicating Bracklinn Falls, turn right and drive (or walk) up the hill from the main street and eventually you’ll come across two small car parks.
From the car park follow the signs for Bracklinn Falls which will take you initially through some light woodland and across an open field offering some amazing views at sunrise and sunset over the area towards Stirling. The path then forks, here you have two options; head straight on down some very steep steps or as we did, turn left and follow the newer path that zig zags its way down through the woodland towards the falls. If there’s been heavy rain you’ll come across a fast flowing, foaming river as it heads downstream – if it’s been dry then it’s not quite as impressive. The path then follows the river down stream towards the bridge.
The original bridge was cast-iron and built in the 1870s, unfortunately, it was washed away back in 2004 by flooding and has since been replaced by the present wooden structure.
As I mentioned at the start, most people simply turn around and head back the way they came, however, you can do what we did and head across the bridge, turn left and follow the barely visible path upstream, it eventually climbs up away from the river towards a fence, which you should follow and eventually you’ll reach a style, which after climbing over will bring you onto a forestry commission road. Push on through the dense forest and you’ll end up in a clearing overlooking a small farm in the distance. Here the road forks, so turn left and begin descending back down towards the river.
Following the road, you’ll reach a small bridge over the Keltie Water, just above some small waterfalls. Cross over the bridge, going through the gate and follow the track uphill until you reach a rarely used single track road. Once on the road, turn left and follow it, you’ll eventually reach the car parks at Bracklinn Falls.
All in all, it’s a nice walk, it took my sister and me just under 2 hours to do the complete circle of around 5.5 km but we were stopping to take photos along the way. It’s possible to walk it in trainers or any good shoe, but expect to get muddy if it’s been raining.This entry was posted in Europe, United Kingdom