Falls of Bruar

The Falls of Bruar are situated at Bruar, near Blair Atholl, some eight miles north-west of Pitlochry, just off the A9, the Perth to Inverness road. At its base is a small group of houses, The House of Bruar, the 'Harrods' of Scotland.

The Falls of Bruar are a most remarkable feature, set in the Baluain Wood, is this particularly beautiful river gorge, celebrated in poetry by Robert Burns in 1781. He went on to complain of the lack of trees along the river, but with this flaw now remedied the spot is as picturesque as the poet could have wished for!

The walk is well signposted and starts from the car park behind the House of Bruar. Heading out of the car park onto the main road, walk around the building on the left and follow the sign for the Falls of Bruar.

Lower Falls of Bruar
Head up the path with the visitor centre building of the Clan Donnachaidh Museum. It tells the history of the Robertsons - at one time a powerful clan in the district. Continue along for approximately 150 yards, passing through the first gate, before heading under the main Perth to Inverness railway by means of a short underpass.

Shortly after exiting the underpass you will pass through a second gate. Continue to follow the path for approximately 400 yards, as it climbs gently through the sparse forest along the West Bank of Bruar Water.

Pool at Falls of Bruar
The path eventually meets a set of wooden steps, which descend a few feet to a location that allows excellent views of the Lower Falls. Continue on the main path to reach the lower bridge just beyond. The arched remains of a Victorian viewing house can be seen just on the left side of the bridge. This was designed to give a sudden and surprising view of the waterfalls beyond and was thought to heighten the effect.

Do not cross the lower bridge but continue on the uphill path for the higher bridge. Continue heading uphill ignoring a path to the left which climbs away from the river. Eventually you reach the pretty stone upper bridge which was built to enable early visitors to enjoy the falls. The view downstream from the upper bridge over the Perthshire countryside is a lovely addition to the falls themselves. Continue a further 50 -60 yards to the Lower Bridge where there are views of the Lower Falls, Middle Falls, Pool and a cave. From here the path continues in a circular route - you have the option of which way to go but we chose to head round in an anti clockwise direction.

Upper Falls of Bruar

Just off the path there a prominent viewpoint approximately half way between the Lower and Upper Bridges with some impressive views of the Upper Falls and Upper Bridge. Note: take care approaching the viewpoint as the ground drops away to the river below. There is a seat where you can rest and admire the view

Before this view point, the main path leading to the Upper Bridge veers right up an embankment to a hairpin bend in a forestry track. The path is signposted "Upper Bridge". Follow this path. The path begins to level off after a further few hundred yards just before you reach Upper Bridge.

From here, cross the bridge and descend the path along the west bank of Water of Bruar to the Lower Bridge, where the main path back to car park can be found.

I trust you found the Falls of Bruar well worth visiting and hope you will find other waterfalls in Perthshire to visit.

How to get there

Located off the A9 west of Blair Atholl. Access is via the rear of the House of Bruar, known as 'The Harrods of the North'. The main path is on the west side of the burn.

Information Summary

Parking: Ample free parking at the The House of Bruar car park
Walk Time: Allow 1-2hrs depending on fitness
Distance: 2.0km/1.5miles round trip
Height Climb: 400ft./120m
Terrain: Most of the route is on waymarked woodland paths. It is a very steep climb to the Upper Falls.
Grade: C - Relatively moderate walk, mostly on well defined paths, with no special difficulties.
Toilets:The House of Bruar
Shops:There are are number of outlets in the complex
Cafes/Restaurants:Visit my Places to eat listing page.

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