During our recent holiday in Angus we spent time looking through the pamphlets that were left out on the coffee table to decide where we wanted to visit and one that stood out was Reekie Linn.
Reekie Linn is a waterfall on the River Isla in Perthshire in Scotland and the most impressive one locally. Having looked at the website to check its accessibility we decided to add it to our local itinerary as it is just a short five minute walk from the car park along a woodland path.
We parked up at the small carpark which overlooked the pretty stone bridge of Craigisla and set off through the gate and along the muddy pathway through the woodland which I can only imagine looks even more stunning in spring and summer.
I knew that the path follows the rim of a deep gorge with an unprotected drop from the website, but the kids are used to walking along the cliffs here in Dorset so it didn’t concern me – until I saw the path. It was so narrow in places that you could only walk in single file and there was a 150ft drop over the side, which almost appeared out of nowhere.
Lets just say that they were on strict instructions to walk and not run, as we had tricky tree roots to step over as well as slippery leaves and Sebby was safely up on Daddy’s shoulders.
The first section of the river crosses a hard bedrock, but along the walk along the River Isla the rock changes to more easily-eroded sandstone which has created a deep gorge and the spectacular waterfall.
There is a place to stand a view the waterfall from here, however it is recommended that you walk farther along to get the full spectacle.
As we neared the end of the path it widened to make a natural viewing platform and the short, but nervy walk was well worth it for the view.
The spray from the 24 meter waterfall fills the air creating a halo effect and the force of the water is so great that the plunge pool beneath the falls has been gouged to a depth of 36 metres!!
Photo’s done it was then time to head back down the path back to the car and off to find the Neverland Park we had promised we would take the kids to as nearby Kirriemuir is the birthplace of JM Barrie.
I have never been so relieved to get back in the car safely!