Falls of Bruar

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Falls of Bruar Sep 29, 2013
The Falls of Bruar are a set of waterfalls just off the A9 as it goes through Perthshire. The path up to them is sort of hidden behind a tourist shopping centre, but don’t let that put you off.

The Falls were visited by Robert Burns, poet and national hero, who liked them but thought they needed more trees. Over the last few hundred years, that has been sorted out, and they now run through a lovely established pine wood. This isn’t one of the gloomy pine plantations you get in the highlands, but an open wood with lots of light, smaller Rowan trees (those are the ones with ferny leaves and bright red berries), and lots of wildlife. I think that the red squirrel, which is rare in the UK, lives in these woods. There’s also an abundance of interesting fungus (yes, of course fungus is interesting!). But the main attraction is the waterfall system, which has a natural arch and some pretty man made bridges across it. I only had time to visit the lower falls, as I had to drive back to Manchester that night, but they are well worth a visit. The only slight shame is that you can hear the traffic from the A9 in the woods, but that can’t really be helped.

To get to the access path, you need to walk up the side of the House of Bruar shopping centre. This sells expensive “country clothing”, cashmere and Barbour jackets and tweed. I didn’t go into those shops so I can’t tell you prices, but I would imagine high! It also has an excellent food hall, where I spent a small fortune, and a café. The café is quite expensive, at around £10 a main, but it’s good quality food for a canteen parked next to a major trunk road and not a bad place to break a journey. They don’t seem to mind you using their car park to visit the falls.

Entrance is free, and children could certainly make it up the path, which is clearly marked and well maintained. I’m not sure if you could make it with a buggy.
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