The Falls of Bruar Walk
At a mere 2.5 km, some may assume that The Falls Bruar Walk is just a short, leisurely stroll, but in truth, this short walk packs quite the punch! The hilly route consists of some steep sections that are sure to get the heart rate going while providing a nice little work-out for the legs. Due to the gorge edge featuring significant drops, this walk is best suited to adults walking with older children who can manage the steep inclines and remain vigilant when walking near the gorge edge. The route features a picnic area overlooking the falls, perfect for those looking to enjoy lunch while soaking up the marvellous scenery!
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Route Description for The Falls of Bruar Walk
The Falls of Bruar Walk is a beautiful, scenic route that unfolds on a well-trodden, undulating path. It’s a relatively short walk that can be done in under 2 hours; however, some significant steep sections make this walk best reserved for adults or families with older children. Caution should be taken on the section of the route that unfolds near the gorge edge, as the drop is significant.
The Falls of Bruar, which fall from a height of 60 m above, have long been a destination for those looking to soak up some incredible scenery. At the end of the 18th century, the falls became quite popular with tourists, and locals enjoyed them long before that! Rober Burns wrote the poem titled “The Humble Petition of Bruar Water to the Noble Duke of Atholl” in 1787, requesting that the then Duke plant some trees around the falls to make the area more appealing. Thousands of trees were later planted, and the area has since become highly dense with Larch, Scots, Pine, Aspen, Willow and more.
To begin the walk, set out towards the front of the Bruar House building leaving the car park behind. Turn left to make your way uphill, keeping an eye out for The Falls of Bruar signage. Enjoy a pleasant stretch under the canopy of trees as you begin to climb, soon reaching a welcoming wooden bench where you can pause to enjoy the scenery for a while. Head for the lower bridge viewing point by continuing on the main path. On your left, you’ll spot the remains of what once was a Victorian viewing house but has since decayed. Instead of crossing the lower bridge, continue to climb uphill to reach the higher stone bridge that rewards with brilliant views down over the gorge below.
On the other side of the upper bridge, continue to follow the path, soon reaching a pleasant picnic area on your left where you can enjoy some refreshments while enjoying views of the falls. When you’re ready to continue, maintain the main path, which soon begins to descend, granting you superb views of the upper falls.
Continue the trail until you reach the lower bridge, which you’ll then cross to press on to the end of the walk. Follow the outward path to return to the start point and make your way back to the car park where the walk began.
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Insider Hints for The Falls of Bruar Walk
- The House of Bruar (where the walk begins) is an upscale shop specializing in classic tweed apparel and features a gourmet food hall. It’s the perfect place to grab everything you need for a mouth-watering picnic during the walk!
- If you’re looking for a sit-down meal before or after enjoying the walk, head to The House of Bruar Restaurant, which serves tasty breakfast, lunch and brunch items https://www.houseofbruar.com/the-house-of-bruar-restaurant/
- Although the trail itself is dog-friendly, dogs are prohibited from entering the House of Bruar Restaurant.
- Toilets are available at the House of Bruar.
- If you don’t have your own transport, you can take the bus directly to the House of Bruar, where the walk begins from both Pitlochry and Blair Atholl.
Getting to the The Falls of Bruar Walk Trailhead
To get to The Falls of Bruar Walk from Pitlochry, take A924, continue for 2.1 km, and then merge onto A9. Remain on the A9 for 14.6 km, then continue on B8079 for a short distance and enter the House of Bruar Car Park, where the walk begins.
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