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A visit to the Reekie Linn Falls in Perthshire

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February 20, 2017

During our recent holiday in Angus we spent time looking through the pamphlets that were left out on the coffee table to decide where we wanted to visit and one that stood out was Reekie Linn.
Reekie Linn is a waterfall on the River Isla in Perthshire in Scotland and the most impressive one locally. Having looked at the website to check its accessibility we decided to add it to our local itinerary as it is just a short five minute walk from the car park along a woodland path.
River Isla
We parked up at the small carpark which overlooked the pretty stone bridge of Craigisla and set off through the gate and along the muddy pathway through the woodland which I can only imagine looks even more stunning in spring and summer.
I knew that the path follows the rim of a deep gorge with an unprotected drop from the website, but the kids are used to walking along the cliffs here in Dorset so it didn’t concern me – until I saw the path. It was so narrow in places that you could only walk in single file and there was a 150ft drop over the side, which almost appeared out of nowhere.
Reekie Linn
Lets just say that they were on strict instructions to walk and not run, as we had tricky tree roots to step over as well as slippery leaves and Sebby was safely up on Daddy’s shoulders.
Reekie Linn
The first section of the river crosses a hard bedrock, but along the walk along the River Isla the rock changes to more easily-eroded sandstone which has created a deep gorge and the spectacular waterfall.
Reekie Linn
There is a place to stand a view the waterfall from here, however it is recommended that you walk farther along to get the full spectacle.
Reekie Linn
As we neared the end of the path it widened to make a natural viewing platform and the short, but nervy walk was well worth it for the view.
Reekie Linn
The spray from the 24 meter waterfall fills the air creating a halo effect and the force of the water is so great that the plunge pool beneath the falls has been gouged to a depth of 36 metres!!
Reekie Linn
Photo’s done it was then time to head back down the path back to the car and off to find the Neverland Park we had promised we would take the kids to as nearby Kirriemuir is the birthplace of JM Barrie.
I have never been so relieved to get back in the car safely!

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  1. Reply

    MrsS

    February 20, 2017

    What an impressive waterfall ! Looked like you enjoyed a lovely hike, Scotland is just beautiful xx #CountryKids

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    Lottie | Oyster & Pearl

    February 20, 2017

    Ooh, I love a good waterfall! These are beautiful pictures, looks like you had an amazing time.

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    JuggleMum, Nadine Hill

    February 20, 2017

    Gosh you lot are adventurous! That path would have made me nervous, but you did get some lovely waterfall photos from it! Glad you had fun.

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    Sonia Cave

    February 20, 2017

    It looks lovely and stunning but I would have had heart failure with my twin boys there as they physically can’t seem to walk everywhere and jostle each other the whole time!! Glad everyone returned safely 🙂 #countrykidsfun

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    Sonia Constant

    February 20, 2017

    This looks brilliant fun! What a great place to explore.
    Coming over from #CountryKids 🙂 x

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    Cass Bailey

    February 20, 2017

    What a beautiful place to spend some time exploring – I love a good waterfall x x

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    Coombe Mill - Fiona Cambouropoulos

    February 20, 2017

    Wow that path does sound scary and I know you are pretty relaxed with the kids so it must have been a fair drop. As parents we always fear the worst, but I bet the kids were actually very sensible and sure footed when they realised the dangers. A wonderful view of the waterfall at the end and what a huge depth to the plunge pool! A great one to have close to where you were staying and it sounds like the kids had their run around chance in the afternoon.
    Thank you for popping over and sharing on #CountryKids

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    Talya

    February 21, 2017

    How beautiful and what a magical visit to a waterfall!

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    Sophie

    February 21, 2017

    This looks beautiful! Waterfalls are so magical!

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    joanna

    February 21, 2017

    What a loveky adventure stunning photos especially of the waterfall

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    Kat

    February 21, 2017

    That’s a lovely idea for a trip with the family. I regret it’s so far away from the place I live:(

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    Ana De- Jesus

    February 21, 2017

    A friend once described Perthshire as one of ‘England’s natural wonders’ and it is easy to see why. Judging by Reekie Linn Falls alone, the views are breathtaking and the walks are rewarding x

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    WildFamilyFun

    February 21, 2017

    What a great place to visit, your photographs look so exciting. My daughter would love to explore there, great for a family day out. #CountryKids

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    Newcastle Family Life

    February 21, 2017

    The waterfall looks lovely, however I would have been terrified of the walk with little ones as my three are so clumsy xx

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    Emma

    February 21, 2017

    I’m ashamed to say that I lived in Edinburgh for 4 years (University) and not once did I venture out into the rest of Scotland. I’m kicking myself now, it all looks so beautiful – just an excuse to go back I guess!

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    Deborah Nicholas

    February 21, 2017

    oh that looks like such a pretty walk!

  17. Reply

    Natalia

    February 22, 2017

    This is so beautiful. I want to visit Scotland properly to see these beautiful landscapes x

  18. Reply

    clairejustine

    February 22, 2017

    What lovely lace to explore. The waterfalls look lovely. Looks like everyone had a good time 🙂

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    Lisa Backsnbumps

    February 22, 2017

    Looks like a lovely walk and what a stunning waterfall. I’d have been a bit scared of the drop too.

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    Lisa Backsnbumps

    February 22, 2017

    Looks like a lovely walk and what a stunning waterfall. I’d have been a bit scared of the drop too.

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    Heidi

    February 23, 2017

    What a beautiful place. That waterfall is stunning! #countrykids

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    Karen (Stopping At Two)

    February 23, 2017

    Stunning countryside – love a waterfall!
    Looks like a great place to explore!
    #countrykids

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    Fashion and Style Police

    February 23, 2017

    Wow what a waterfall. Look great. Love the photos.

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    Zena's Suitcase

    February 23, 2017

    It sounds like a really exciting place to visit, and so beautiful too. I hear what your saying though, I probably would have been relieved too

  25. Reply

    Emma

    March 2, 2017

    Ha ha, that looks like a fun afternoon out!

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