If you are looking for a short, quiet walk through beautiful woodland with a surprise at the end, then head over to Plodda Falls. This gorgeous little area has been wowing visitors for years, and is perfect for those who are looking to explore the Scottish Highlands and perhaps catching sight of some of our unique wildlife.
Before you get to the Plodda Falls themselves, you will have the pleasure of strolling through a towering Scottish woodland of Douglas Firs, some being the tallest in the country. These were planted by Lord Tweedmouth between 1895 and 1900. The tall trees can cast an almost eerie silence, drawing you into their world. But keep your eye out, as there is wildlife to be found here! Look up for red squirrels, a native of Scotland but whose numbers plummeted after the introduction of its cousin the grey squirrel. Look down and you might see wood ants, an endangered species in woodlands across the country.
Throughout the year different mushrooms appear on the woodland floor and throughout the mossy hills. And you will almost always hear birds chattering somewhere up in the branches.
This walk through the trees is suitable for those who can handle steep slopes, mud and some uneven terrain like roots on a grassy path. To get to the falls you can go on one of two routes. Choose either the longer route from the car park (the Tweedmouth Trail) or a shorter path direct to the water (the Plodda Falls Trail).
Wondering what a hike near Plodda Falls looks like? This video might help you visualise what awaits.