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Falls of Shin, Lairg
(3.7/5 based on 240+ reviews on the web)
Scotland's prime spot for watching leaping Atlantic salmon, Falls of Shin attracts nature lovers with its unspoiled scenery and easily traversable terrain. Two marked paths lead you around the falls, offering several lookouts for watching and photographing the fish, who attempt to fling themselves upriver in order to breed. The surrounding forest features a network of hiking paths, drawing both leisurely walkers and mountain bikers seeking a bit of excitement in the Scottish Highlands. Plan your Falls of Shin visit and explore what else you can see and do in Lairg using our Lairg vacation builder.
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TripAdvisor
  • This is the best venue to see Atlantic salmon leaping the falls. There are viewing platforms above the river and you will experience the thrill of watching the fish make their way up the torrent of wa...  more »
  • You overlook a water fall and every 3 minutes, a salmon trying to upstream. Impressive and difficult to take a picture so the jump is fast. In the shade and easy access
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  • After reading about it in the Lonely Planet and after my B&B host recommended going to the Falls of Shin as well I kind of expected a bit more. The falls are ok, definitely something you can do if you...  more »
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  • Short walk to the falls, which are pretty but unremarkable, until you see the salmon jumping!
  • Spent an hour watching the salmon attempting to make it up the falls. Could easily have spent far longer though. Fantastic!
  • Brilliant to see the salmon jumping up the fast flowing river.
  • Loved watching the salmon leaping through the falls 🌞🌊
  • Don't let the fact that the visitor center is gone after a fire keep you from visiting here. The attraction is the falls where you can see salmon doing their darnedest to repopulate their race. The fish have to jump up the rocks against the cascading water and try, try again. The walk from the parking lot down to the river and falls takes some time and there are many steps to negotiate. It would be difficult for a wheelchair-bound person or someone with trouble climbing stairs due to breathing or arthritis difficulties.