Falls of Dochart – Killin
The Falls of Dochart is another great place for a pit stop on your road trip! Situated in the village of Killin on the western tip of Loch Tay in Stirlingshire the famous white waters of the falls run through town splitting the main street.
Falls of Dochart
This was my first time visiting the falls so I didn’t really know what to expect, we parked in the small car park just after the narrow road bridge as you arrive from the south, and walked back to the falls. From the bridge you get a spectacular view of the falls itself which is more like a series of small run-offs creating the larger image of the falls. From the bridge you can walk further into the falls climbing on the rocks to get some great photos and view the old Victorian mill at the side of the bridge. The falls are created by the joining of two rivers – the River Dochart and the River Lochay.
(picture of the falls with the victorian mills in the background)
We spent around 20 minutes just walking around and taking photos of the falls, there is Dochart Falls Inn right next to it which is a perfect place for something to eat or drink on your stop in Killin. Although this is a very small town with little to do apart from the falls it is extremely busy historical village and well worth a visit, being home to the ancient burial grounds of the Clan McNab, which is situated on the other side of the bridge from the falls. Being close to Loch Tay, there are additional amenities nearby with restaurants, tea rooms and watersports available.
Best route is by car, otherwise you have to travel by train or bus from Glasgow or Edinburgh to Stirling, then change on to the 59 bus to Calendar before a final change onto the C60 bus service to Killin. However, to enjoy the full majesty of the area, you really need a vehicle.
Other Things to Do
After spending around 40 minutes looking around the very small town we then drove to Loch Tay where we parked in a layby and sat on the beach while we ate our lunch. This area seems to be a very popular place for campers and fishermen so you may have to drive for a bit to find an empty place to park your car in the tourist season.
After our lunch we continued with our scenic drive through all the different Lochs such like Loch Venachar and Loch Achray where there is a spectacular hotel right on the water which is a perfect photo opportunity! This is a perfect drive along Duke’s Pass when it is a beautiful day. We spent over 5 hours driving around the country roads of the national park, even though places to stop by the side of the road are limited I would definitely recommend this drive to view an amazing side of Scotland!
All photos taken on my Sonya5100 and iPhone 7