History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
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.
About Acharn Hermitage
Address: Acharn, Perthshire, Scotland
Attraction Type: Historic Building
Location: On a minor road off A827, on the shores of Loch Tay near Kenmore
OS: NN757 431
Photo Credit: Karen Vernon, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Scottish Crannog Centre - 1.3 miles (Museum)
Kenmore Follies - 1.7 miles (Historic Building)
Loch Tay - 3.6 miles (Countryside)
Croft Moraig Stone Circle - 4.6 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Bolfracks Garden - 5.6 miles (Garden)
Castle Menzies - 6.1 miles (Historic House)
Aberfeldy, St Andrew's Church - 7 miles (Historic Church)
Aberfeldy Water Mill - 7 miles (Museum)
Nearest Accommodation to Acharn Hermitage:
Nearest Self Catering Cottages
Nearest Bed and Breakfasts
Nearest Tourist Information Centre ('as the crow flies')
Tourist Information Centre
22 Atholl Road
Perth & Kinross
Tel: 01796 472215