Bracklinn Falls, Callander
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
Bracklinn Falls is a spectacular waterfall on Keltie Water, just outside the town of Callander in Stirlingshire. The water falls in a series of cascades, rather than a single drop. There is a viewing platform above the main falls, allowing visitors wonderful views down the river.
Bracklinn Falls is located in a heavily wooded gorge, and is reached by a walk of about one mile from a car park just northwest of Callander.
The waterfall has been attracting visitors since the Victorian period, and Queen Victoria herself made the trek to see them in the 1870s.
A cast-iron bridge over the falls was built especially for the Queen's visit. This cast-iron structure lasted until 2004 when it was destroyed in heavy floods. It was replaced in 2010 by the present timber and copper bridge.
The name Bracklinn comes from a combination of the Gaelic 'breac', meaning speckled, a reference to the colour of the water, which passes through peat before tumbling down the cascades. The name ends in 'linn', which means a pool.
Getting to Bracklinn Falls is extremely easy. From Main Street in the centre of Callander, take Bracklinn Road north. You will pass a car park for Callander Crags on your left. After this, the road rises sharply and you will reach the car park for Bracklinn Falls on your right at Grid Reference NN6371208312.
From the car park, simply follow the well-signposted trail east to the Falls, a distance of just under one mile. The going is very easy, and passes through woodland and open ground before reaching Bracklinn Glen. Our six-year-old, who hates walking, made the trek easily!
There used to be a set of wooden steps down to the bridge but this has been superseded by a more gradual path. Do be careful near the edge of the gorge, especially after rain, when the rocks can be slippery.
A walk to Bracklinn Falls can be extended to make a circuit taking in Callander Crags, for a total distance of about four miles.
Please Note: In May 2021 a survey of the bridge across Bracklinn Water led to concerns about its safety. As of this writing, the bridge is closed pending a replacement being built.
About Bracklinn Falls, Callander
Address: via Bracklinn Road, Trossachs, Central Scotland, Scotland, FK17 8EP
Attraction Type: Countryside
Location: An easy walk from a car park on Bracklinn Road, northwest of Callander town centre. The car park is at NN6371208312.
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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