The Deil's Cauldron Waterfall

The famous Deil's Cauldron and Wee Cauldron at Comrie in Perthshire Scottish Highlands were formed by the river Lednock cascading down from higher reaches above Glen Lednock.

In Gaelic it is Slocha'n Donish and legend has it that it was the favourite haunt of a brownie or water elf called Uris-chidh who enticed victims down into the huge natural pothole.

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Both falls are accessible from viewing platforms. Both cauldrons are accessed as part of the Glen Lednock Circular walk.

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.

How to get there

Located on the Lednock river which flows over the Highland Boundary fault situated above Comrie. It can be accessed either from the Monument road, or as part of the Glen Lednock Circular Walk, which starts at the Laggan Park carpark as you enter Comrie from Cieff. There is an infomation board and leaflets at the start of the walk.
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Information Summary

Parking: Ample free parking in Laggan park at the east end of Comrie
Walk Time: 2-3 hrs
Distance: 7.5km
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.

     Last updated 20/09/2011

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