Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Glenashdale Waterfall

As I said yesterday, Glenashdale Waterfall on the Isle of Arran is stunning! We hadn't had much of an idea about it before we went on the walk, we just like woodland walks and waterfalls are always a bonus! The walk from Whiting Bay to the falls is wonderful and very interesting (there's also the remains of an Iron Age Fort perched on a rocky outcrop in the woods). The woodland is lovely, we even saw yet another spotted flycatcher, a bird that we've seen a lot of over the last couple of weeks, despite previously having very rarely seen them (and sadly they are one of the many declining British birds).



The falls are very dramatic.





And at the top there is a wonderful peaceful pool with a miniature waterfall and rocky areas with ferns and even a common spotted orchid! (I shared photos of common spotted orchids near the Water of Leith in an earlier post). This area unfortunately was a mass of biting midges, otherwise it would have been a wonderful place to have a picnic.






I wrote a review of this walk for Walk Highlands, which you can read here. On the same site I've also written reviews of:


Lamlash to Brodick -


Blackwaterfoot and Kings Caves -


Brodick Castle grounds and Nature reserve


(As ever, text in red contains hyperlinks which take you to other webpages where you can find out more!)

16 comments:

Carver said...

The falls are so beautiful. Your photography makes me wish I could visit Scotland again. I was there as a teenager in 1974. Much too long ago! I'm also admitting to how old I'm getting, ha.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Beautiful Juliet - you can almost hear the water in that photograph.

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

And I bet it sounds divine.
You know, in all my trips to Scotland, I have never encountered the midges. Perhaps because I usually go in the autumn. I dread making their acquaintance.

Titus said...

Fabulous photographs.
I was reading somewhere (middle-aged brain) recently that it's the midges that protect Scotland from over-commercialisation. Friend or foe?

Crafty Green Poet said...

Pamela and Titus - actually I've found that on Scottish islands the midges are irritating at the time but that the bites don't flare up into huge sores as they can do in most places. Titus - you may be right about the midges protecting us from over commercialisation. They also help to feed the birds!

sandy said...

That is such a lovely area. Wish I was there to see it in person.

Christina said...

That is LOVELY! What are the temps there?

jeannette said...

Beautiful waterfall - thanks for sharing! I love them -in 2 weeks I'm going to Yosemite where they also have waterfalls -I can't wait!

Crafty Green Poet said...

Christina - it was nice and warm when we were there, I'm no good at actual temperatures though, but Crafty Green Boyfriend guesses 58 / 59 degrees Fahrenheight

Jeanette - i had a wonderful holiday in California when I was about 9, Yosemite was one of the highlights, enjoy!

bunnits said...

What a lovely place. I'd love to just sit and watch for a few hours.

Rabbits' Guy said...

Pretty falls! (No crowds!)

Sometime maybe post about the decline of many British bird species ... I am curious

Pomona said...

Wish it wasn't all so far away - it looks so very beautiful!

Pomona x

K.C. Woolf said...

Great photos and fantastic scenery. I've never been to the East of Scotland, but that'll have to be remedied soon. :)

Wild_Bill said...

Yes, this is a special place. So beautiful. There is something about falling water, freedom, escape, wonder, that captures the imagination and puts us in a different frame of mind. Thanks for this, it is delightful.

Mike B. @ slugyard.com said...

Gorgeous falls!

Pieces of Sunshine said...

So lush and green. The waterfalls really look beautiful.