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The wooded path starts to climb more steeply eventually reaching a sign post to the right for the Wee Cauldron. A railed pathway leads steeply and safely downwards into the Glen for a good view of the fast-flowing river, hurtling white-topped and streaked with peat stain into a very deep dark basin. The waterfall that plunges down through the Cauldron is most spectacular and it is easy to see how legend arose.
The path comes close to the road, so follow the way mark to pass a turf-covered shelter and walk past harebells, wood sage, tormentil, hard fern, golden rod and evergreen great woodrush.
On the right, take the sign posted railed wooden bridge and steps, which lead down to the Deil's Cauldron. The bridge walk ends at a viewing platform constructed by volunteers. What a good job they did and what pleasure they have given to the numerous visitors.
Deil's Cauldron means the 'Devil's Kettle', an apt name for this hollow in the gorge where the river has cut a narrow passage. Stones and sand carried by the river swirl around it, cutting a large kettle-shaped pothole. In time the river breaks through and plunges as it falls into another basin. Three falls and pools can be seen from the viewing platform. Moss and rushes carpet the over-hanging rocks and elm, ash, rowan and alder lean over the boiling water.
Leave this dramatic spectacle by another railed walk-way, which leads by steep steps back to the Monument road. Turn right to continue on the Glen Lednock Circular walk.
|Parking:||Ample free parking in Laggan park at the east end of Comrie|
|Walk Time:||2-3 hrs|
|Terrain:||Most of the route is on waymarked woodland paths. The very steep climb to the Melville Monument can be omitted.|
|Grade:||Easy walk, mostly on well defined paths, with no special difficulties.|
|OS Map:||Explorer 379: Dunkeld, Aberfeldy & Glen Almond Grid Ref: NN 768 236|
|Toilets:||Public in Bridge street|
|Shops:||There are are number of outlets in the village|
|Cafes/Restaurants:||Visit my Places to eat listing page.|