Acharn Hermitage
Acharn Hermitage
Follow a dark and twisting tunnel, built around 1790, to an octagonal viewing platform structure like a hermit's cave, or grotto, overlooking the spectacular Falls of Acharn.


Tradition says that the odd octagonal building and viewing platform above the waterfall at Acharn was built by a hermit, hence its popular name of The Hermitage. Though it sounds good, the story is just that; a story. The odd building is a folly, erected around 1790 and reached by a long, dark tunnel of stone, 20 metres in length. It is similar in style to Ossian's Hall, at The Hermitage north of Dunkeld, but unlike Ossian's Hall the Acharn 'Hermitage' is in a poor state of repair though recent efforts have made it safe to use for viewing the waterfall.

The tunnel is a dark S-curve with two entrances (or, if you prefer, it is 2 tunnels linked together!). We know very little about when the tunnel and viewing 'folly' were built, but one theory is that the Earl of Breadalbane erected the structure in the 1760s. We're on firmer ground with later history, for we know that poets Robert Burns and William Wordsworth both visited Acharn.

The best way to reach the Hermitage and the Falls is to take the signposted footpath from Acharn village, where car parking is available. The trail rises gently through attractive beech woodland to the Falls, a distance of under 2 miles.

If you carry on up the hill past the Falls you will come to a small stone circle of 9 stones, only 4 of which are still standing.