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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  • Easy parking at the house of bruar shopping centre. Signage not good so Go to the left of the fishing tackle shop and you are on the path. Yes it’s steep in places but if you take it really slowly you...  more »
  • Lovely walk but make sure you're in comfortable shoes that you don't mind getting muddy! It is a bit steep in places but totally worth it as you get to see falls and amazing views.  more »
  • Having stopped at The House of Bruar on several occasions we had never taken the chance to enjoy the walk. An easy 1 hour walk with some slight gradient at times affords you fantastic views of the Fal...  more »
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  • Very beautiful couple of waterfalls located on 1.5 mile hike on river Bruar. Hike is very beautiful and can be done easily. Most of path is dry and with little roughness. Total ascent of hike is 150 m and can be done in 1 hour. There are bridges on both falls. On a sunny day, you can see rainbow forming in front of fall.
  • Lovely riverside walk leading to a lower bridge and an upper bridge. Children and pets beware, steep drops in places. Serene atmosphere, an inspiration for the poet, Burns. What more can I say.
  • I never knew this place existed. A beautiful walk along the river, and there's the falls, pool and cave. Dangerous though. Don't go paddling in it! Dogs were up in the shallow end, playing in it, where there are big rocks. It's peaceful and you can get nice photos.
  • Good climb left side a bit harder to negotiate than the right. Well worth the climb.
  • Beautiful walk one of the best hidden gems in Scotland
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