The weather which the UK has been experiencing during the last few weeks has inevitably turned our minds to the subject of water.
We have had exceptional levels of rainfall in Invergarry but, thankfully, we have been lucky enough not to experience any major flooding. Others have not been so fortunate and our sympathies go out to all the recent flood victims, especially those in Glenridding where we have often visited.
As you would imagine in a geographic fault zone, the whole area features a lot of steep slopes. When it rains, the only way for the water to go is down. That means that we have more than our fair share of waterfalls locally. One normally trickling burn across the road from the hostel becomes a torrent after a heavy downpour, whilst the already spectacular Allt na Calliche falls located at the end of our Mandally road put on a real show. And a drive along the A82 to Inverness or Fort William has a water feature around virtually every corner.
When the weather is bad you can witness first-hand nature putting on a show of raw power without too much effort (as long as you have a set of waterproofs). Waterfalls don’t tend to be located at the tops of hills. It has to be looked at as one of the benefits of living in the north of Scotland.
In our vicinity, we can also recommend the waterfall at Kilfinnan, near the start of the path to Ben Tee. Finally, it’s well worth taking a detour along the Dark Mile to the head of Loch Arkaig and the Eas Chia-Aig falls – we visited it during a huge storm in March 2015 and were rewarded with an unbelievable display, a mini Niagara but without the crowds.
There are bigger and more famous waterfalls in other parts of the world, but are they as reliable as ours?