Hunting for Waterfalls & Scottish Sunsets

I’m a fall enthusiast; I love the fashion, I love the weather, and I love the seasonal activities. One of the greatest things about moving to Scotland is that this country seems to be stuck in a perpetual state of fall (and I’m not complaining!). Weeks ago my Facebook was flooded by posts from friends in Pittsburgh and New York City announcing the first snow and over here in Glasgow I’m finding that some days I can still get away with a light sweater and no outerwear.

Despite the weather, seasonal fall activities over here in Scotland are a bit different. While Glasgow may not have many pumpkin patches or apple orchards to explore, I have been forcing myself to get out of the city and take advantage of the stunning foliage and scenic Scottish views before winter arrives in full force.

This past weekend a few friends and I embarked on a waterfall hunt. Armed with a Scottish guide to courier us along, we drove some two hours outside of Glasgow in search of galvanized water.

Our first stop was the town of Killin, a village situated at the western head of Loch Tay in Stirling (formerly Perthshire), Scotland. While there wasn’t any hiking involved, the Falls of Dochart, which run straight through the middle of the small town, were absolutely breathtaking. To make up for the easy access, we decided to scale a few stonewalls and sneak into a local burial ground, located on an island in the middle of the falls.  

The second half of the trip allowed for a proper hike. We traveled over to the town of Callander to climb up to Bracklinn Falls. While there is an access road that allows for an easy approach to the falls, we of course chose to hike. The hike itself couldn’t have been more than forty-five minutes, but it was a really steep one.

The Bracklinn Falls were much larger than the Falls of Dochart and because of the elevation they looked more like what people picture when they think of a stereotypical waterfall. Once up by the falls, there are so many different cliffs and viewpoints to hike to—they kept us busy for hours. The falls are also adorned with a beautiful wooden bridge that allows hikers to access vistas on the higher side of the mountain.

Posing in front of the falls with my fellow American friend Madison.

After a few hours exploring the falls, we began our descent down the mountain back to Callander. We ended up having some pretty fabulous views of the sunset. These sunsets are just another colorful way in which Scotland materializes in the autumn months. There is nothing quite like it.

Work hard and radiate positive vibes my friends,

Meela

Meela Dudley

Meela is the founder of health, fitness, and lifestyle blog Irieday.com.