Falls of Bruar, Perth and Kinross

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The Falls of Bruar are a series of waterfalls on the Bruar Water in Scotland, about 8 miles from Pitlochry in the council area of Perth and Kinross. They have been a tourist attraction since the 18th century and were immortalized in a poem by Robert Burns, The Humble Petition of Bruar Water to the Noble Duke of Atholl, supposedly from the river itself entreating the Duke to plant some trees in the then barren landscape.DescriptionThe falls were probably formed some time in the last 10,000 years, after the retreat of the glaciers at the end of the last ice age. The waters slowly cut through the rock which had been pushed up by the geological forces which formed the Scottish Highlands some 500 million years ago. The layering of the rocks means that the water has cut a meandering path through the softer rock and left the harder rock untouched. This has led to the creation of deep pools, outcrops and, in one place, a natural arch. The falls consist of two large falls and a number of smaller drops. The water is often coloured brown from the peat through which it flows.Nowadays, the A9 Perth to Inverness road passes near the foot of the falls in Glen Garry, and there is a shopping centre and car park from where visitors may access the falls. A circular footpath leads up to the Lower Bridge, close to the natural arch, and continues on to the Upper Bridge, about 1/2 mile from the car park, before returning down the opposite bank.
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  • A nice Boardwalk. And surprised to discover the extent of these falls. It is absolutely beautiful; We understand that the poet Robert Burns has fallen under the spell.
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  • An easy place to stop off for an hour's wander through the woods. Though it's a bit of a climb, it isn't hard and the woods are lovely. You get a better view of the lower falls but hey, it isn't far t...  more »
  • A nice uphill walk through mossy woodland to amazing waterfalls and rock formations. There are super views from both the lower and upper bridges.  more »
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  • Beautiful day at the falls. Steep in places so wear good footwear. Fantastic views
  • My favourite place in the whole of Scotland! Absolutely beautiful waterfalls and bridges in the majestic forest.
  • Well maintained fantastic but steep walk up the falls. Beautiful ancient stone bridges. Gurgling gorge river with waterfalls. Interesting rock formations along its path. Mossy mystic birch woodland that smells so wonderful.
  • Absolutely beautiful place. A must see if you are passing by or to come out your way for. It's a steep walk so don't forget water and good walking shoes.
  • This place is amazing. Park at the house of Bruar and start your walk. The walk itself is not too long, but can be pretty steep. The surroundings are absolutely gorgeous! Be sure to pay this a visit if you're anywhere close.

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