Walks & Waterfalls is a unique blend of art and environment; a way discovering and rediscovering Scotland through an interactive experience that maps out hidden paths, unearths secret histories and allows the user to rediscover the wonders of Scotland’s natural environment and cultural heritage.
Whilst ‘Munro bagging’ has been a Scottish passion since the 1970’s, it’s a little known fact that the Victorians have been ‘bagging’ waterfalls since the turn of last century and that there are well over 800 waterfalls compared to a mere 282 Munros.
Waterfalls have long held a certain mystique, often deemed sacred places in many cultures, where spirits reside and legends are born. Waterfalls were often the haunt of Covenanters and fugitives throughout the ages. Rob Roy famously has the Falloch Fall’s named after him as “Rob Roy’s bathtub”. “John Knox’s Pulpit” a cave where Knox allegedly preached his sermons has an associated waterfall right next to the famous cave.
But it wasn’t until the great writers; Dickens, Wordsworth, Burns and Sir Walter Scott started writing about them and artists like Turner and Milais began painting them, that the Victorian tourist came flocking to Scotland.
“After breakfast we made a party to go and see Cauldron Linn, a remarkable cascade in the Devon basin, and after spending one of the most pleasant days I have ever had in my life, I returned to Stirling in the evening”
So writes Robert Burns in a letter in 1787 of the Cauldron Linn in Fife.
Taking a grand tour of Scotland and visiting the spectacular waterfalls, became a national obsession with Queen Victoria herself leading the vanguard.
But since those heady Victorian days the paths have become overgrown many of the waterfalls have disappeared from our maps and the stories and poems associated with them have all been forgotten.
Yet these hidden natural gems are all around us in the unlikeliest locations; by the side of a motorway, near city centers and up hidden paths, in the last great wilderness that is Scotland. It’s just a matter of finding them.
Walks & Waterfalls is based on Louis Stott’s painstakingly researched book The Waterfalls of Scotland, in which he list over 800 waterfalls and focuses on the literary associations between waterfalls and the Victorian writers and artists who visited them.
Writers, poets, artists, including; Burns; Walter Scott; Wordsworth; Byron; Turner all wrote extensively about their visits to Scotlands numerous falls.
Now Walks & Waterfalls sets out to re-discover the Victorian passion, mapping out hidden locations and paths to over 800 waterfalls in a specially designed app, allowing the user to take their very own Grand Tour.
The app offers; leaderboards; prizes and incentives to bag hidden Waterfalls, find wild swimming places, forrest walks and discover Scotland in a whole new way.
An exquisitely presented Coffee Table Book is designed to work in tandem with the app. Whilst the app is designed to locate and bag Waterfalls, the Coffee Table book is less about how to get there but focuses more about on what it is like to be there.
The book features stunning photographs by photographer Oscar van Heek, accompanied by comments from both the Victorian greats and contemporary cultural figures who have responded to waterfalls much like their Victorian counterparts.
The book is designed to transport the reader to places which offer peace and tranquility away from modern life, and inspire the imagination with folk tales, haikus, diary entries, poems and quotes from the great and the good.
Alongside the book launch, there will be a specially curated exhibition, presented in the form of a Victorian ‘Grand Tour’. Using antique stereographic viewer displays, with large format prints and accompanying diary entries, poetry extracts and quotes from the great Victorian figures of the day, complemented by Today’s contemporary cultural figures.
Walks & Waterfalls aims to inspire the modern traveler seeking to find respite from modern living. Walks & Waterfalls Scotland will be complemented by world wide franchises.
Oscar van Heek has been nominated for the SONY WORLD PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS 2019
古往今来，瀑布往往是盟约派和逃犯常去的地方。法洛赫瀑布（Falloch Fall）因著名的罗布·罗伊（Rob Roy）而被命名为“罗布·罗伊的浴缸”。“约翰·诺克斯的讲坛”（John Knox’s Pulpit）是一个山洞，据说诺克斯曾在这里传教布道，而与这个著名山洞相毗邻的有一座与之相联的瀑布。
© 奥斯卡·范·黑克（Oscar van Heek）
In a letter written in 1787, Robert Burns described a visit to the Cauldron Linn:
After breakfast we made a party to go and see Cauldron Linn, a remarkable cascade in the Devon about fives miles from Harviestoun; and after spending one of the most pleasant days I ever had in my life, I returned to Stirling in the evening.
The falls that once used to be on everyone’s itinerary, are no longer marked on any maps, and they are awkward to reach because the paths are overgrown. The best approach is from Muckhart Mill, but they can also be tackled from the footpaths along the spectacular Devon Valley Railway.
Harviestown itself, Burns would have been pleased to know, is now the location of an award-winning craft beer brewery. Had it been open in his day, Burns would have been sure to pay it a visit on his way to the Cauldron Linn.
这座瀑布曾经是每个人的必游之处，然而现在已无法在任何地图上找到它的踪迹，并且由于通往瀑布的路上杂草丛生，也不易到达。最佳的路线是从莫克哈特磨坊（Muckhart Mill）过去，不过沿着景色壮观的德文谷铁路（Devon Valley Railway）
In the course of one of his summer excursions up Dee-side, he had an opportunity of seeing still more of the wild beauties of the Highlands having been taken by his mother through the romantic passes that lead to Invercauld, and as far up as the small waterfall, called the Linn of Dee. Here his love of adventure had nearly cost him his life. As he was scrambling along a declivity that overhung the fall some heather caught his lame foot, and he fell. Already he was rolling downward, when the attendant luckily got hold of him, and was but just in time to save him from being killed.
Lord Byron his letters and journals by Thomas Moore
The ornamental granite bridge at the Linn of Dee was opened by Queen Victoria in I857
Burns loved the falls, and declared later that these two or three days were the happiest of his life. He found Atholl picturesque and beautiful but was however critical of the lack of trees and shrubs. In true Burns style he wrote a poem to the Duke of Atholl, begging him to re-vegetate the treeless hillsides.
His poem with its jaunty characterisation of a highland stream provides a splendid memorial of his visit.
Would then, my noble master please
To grant my highest wishes,
He’ll shade my banks wi’ tow’ring trees
And bonie spreading bushes.
Delighted doubly then, my lord
You’ll wander on my banks,
And listen monie a grateful bird
Return you tuneful thanks.
Excerpt of Burn’s poem ‘The humble Petition of Briar Water’
The duke took note and the larch woods for which his estates became famous were created by Duke of Atholl, who became as known as the ‘planting duke’.
Plodda Falls is the highest and most spectacular waterfall in the area, over forty meters high, they form the climax to a pleasant walk through a magnificent forest of Douglas Fir.
There are two trails from the car park. The Falls Walk takes about half-an-hour; the longer Tweedmouth Walk leads more comprehensively through the policies that contain magnificent specimen trees planted between 1895 and 1905. Many of these trees are considered to be of the highest quality in Britain, and the Douglas firs at around 200m tall are amongst the tallest.
The path leads to the top of the falls. The burn supplying the fall, seems unpromising at first, but soon a pleasant cascade of about eight meters is seen. Shortly after this it becomes apparent that the main river is far below in a deep gorge and that the burn will have to make a sensational descent if it is to join it.
This it does, quite vertically, under a cast-iron ornamental bridge from which there is a view of the river thirty meters below. A breathtaking sight.
从停车场出发有两条路线。“瀑布散步道”（Falls Walk）需时半小时左右；而较长的“特威德茅斯步道”（Tweedmouth Walk）则能让游客获得更深入的体验，包括观赏到种植于1895年至1905年之间的参天大树。这些树中有许多被认为是英国质量最高的树，并且高达200米左右的花旗松也是英国最高大的树木之一。
At the principal fall, the water plunges over a rock lip into a basin, the main stream falling ten meters sheer. This is Rob Roy country and the basin is dubbed Rob Roy’s Bathtub. A smaller hollow, etched by a lesser arm of the stream in the wall of the basin is called Rob Roy’s Soap Dish although it is unlikely that the famous raider and cattle thief used that commodity when in these parts.
Many writers of whom Dorothy Wordsworth is perhaps the most famous, have celebrated the falls at Glen Falloch. She gives a memorable account of her walk to the falls with her brother, William, and Coleridge:
We sat down and heard, as if from the heart of the earth, the sound of torrents ascending out of the long hollow glen. To the eye all was motionless, a perfect stillness. The noise of waters did not appear to come from any particular quarter; it was everywhere, almost, one might say, as if ‘exhaled’ through the whole surface of the green earth. Glen Falloch, Coleridge has since told me, signifies the hidden vale; but William says that if we were to name it from our recollections of that time we should call it the Vale of Awful Sound.
Nowadays the falls are a notable wild swimming spot though not without danger particularly when the falls are in spate.
许多作家都在作品中赞美过法洛赫峡谷（Glen Falloch）中的瀑布，其中最有名的或许要属多萝西·华兹华斯（Dorothy Wordsworth）。她记录了与哥哥威廉（William）和柯勒律治（Coleridge）一同前往瀑布散步的难忘经历：
The Linn is an open fall where a substantial body of white water is hurled with considerable force by means of two leaps into a deep pool. A steep ‘salmon ladder’ pass has been hewn into the rocks on the west bank to enable salmon to climb what must be one of the most abrupt obstacles to be surmounted by this means. The Linn of Muick is ten meters high. Common folklore had it that the pool beneath the falls was supposed to be bottomless.
The road climbs beyond the falls out of Linn Wood towards the Loch. On the opposite bank, the Princess Drive runs close to the river.
道路越过瀑布，通往瀑布树林（Linn Wood）外的穆伊克湖畔。对岸的公主路（Princess Drive）与河道非常贴近。
A trail leads from a car park beside the Althouse Burn which is a modest stream almost hidden in the woods. There is a great variety of bird life and at least one pair of herons nest there. The fall is on a tributary where the valley narrows and it is hidden in the trees until the last moment. A large vertical fall of the apron type, is impressive in winter, and can be spectacular after heavy rain when it is a twenty foot high curtain of roaring foam water. In the summer though it can be a quiet place with ferns and mosses, damp grasses and sunlight dappled through overhanging branches into slow pools below.
A ancient stone in the grounds of Urrard House marks, if local tradition is to be believed, the spot where Dundee received his mortal wound at the Battle of Killiecrankie. Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-82), the Victorian poet who almost completely lost his reason in middle life, was taken to Urrard House for a period of rest and recuperation.
Near Urrard House is the beautiful Fall of Urrard. The fall was frequently visited by the Victorians, but has since received very little notice in guide books since Black’s Guide of 1861. It is not marked on any map, and it is a very good example of the way in which scenes which delighted the Victorians, are neglected. Today the fall is marred somewhat by a hydroelectric scheme at the side of the falls.
如果当地的传说可信的话，厄罗德庄园（Urrard House）的花园中的一块古老的石头就是邓迪（Dundee）在基利克兰基之战（Battle of Killiecrankie）中受到致命伤的地点。维多利亚时期的诗人但丁·加百利·罗塞蒂（Dante Gabriel Rossetti， 1828年-1882年）在中年时几乎完全失去了理智，当时他曾被带到厄罗德庄园进行过一段时间的休息和疗养。
The Spectacle E’e (eye) waterfalls – so named as a result of an incident involving a local man who fell in love with the miller’s daughter. The miller disapproved of the union and ended their relationship. As revenge the lad placed an eyeglass in the mill’s thatch, causing it to catch fire and the mill to be burned to the ground.
The Spectacle E’e is the most imposing fall in the basin of the Avon, it is approached from the village of Sandford, past Tweedie Mill. The Kype Water falls into the Avon at the edge of the carboniferous lavas that make up the hill country beyond Strathaven and forms a series of picturesque falls culminating in a fall of fifteen meters.
“眼镜眼睛瀑布”是埃文河（Avon）流域最有气势的瀑布，需从桑福德（Sandford）村过去，途中要经过特威迪磨坊（Tweedie Mill）。石炭纪火山岩形成了斯特雷文（Strathaven）另一边的丘陵地区，而凯普河（Kype Water）就在火山岩的边缘处汇入埃文河，形成了一系列风景如画的瀑布，并最终在一座十五米高的瀑布处交汇。
This formidable waterfall was noticed in Anderson and other Victorian guide books, but it seems to have been neglected thereafter, either in the belief that the aluminium works established in 1908 has attenuated the fall to such an extent that it was no longer worth visiting, or in the belief that the works were such a blot on the landscape that it rendered the district unsuitable for tourists. Neither is the case.
At snow melt, the fall is exceptionally fine and on a cold frosty night with a full moon it is indescribably beautiful because of its big scale and the confined nature of the gorge.
Paths lead up both banks of the burn—well away from its steep sides—to Mamore Lodge, the most precipitously situated retreat in Scotland. The Lodge was visited by Edward VIII and he would have undoubtedly visited these falls.
The principal feature of interest beside the falls on the river Braan below Rumbling Bridge, is the Summer House called Ossian’s Hall.
Opposite the entrance is a picture of Ossian playing upon his harp and singing songs of other times. The sides and ceiling of this inner apartment are lined with mirrors that reflect the waterfall under a variety of aspects. Many famous visitors have commented on this feature, most with praise but Wordsworth was more critical;
The mirrors afford various reflections of the whitened volume of water, as it pours down the cataract; like smoke, like flame, like boiling oil. This is a conceit of which the contriver was probably very proud, but, I must confess, that I could not help considering it with sentiments other than those of admiration.
There are wonderful woodland walks along the banks, with sycamore, oak and beech but the chief glory of this wood is a Douglas Fir which is reputed to be the tallest tree in Britain.
在布拉恩（Braan）河上的隆隆桥（Rumbling Bridge）下方，位于瀑布旁最主要的景点就是叫做奥西恩府（Ossian’s Hall）的避暑别墅了。
The walk to Glen Burn Falls, takes you into Glen Vale, one the finest glens in the Lomonds. To get there you first descend to the Devil’s Burdens. This is a straight line of massive, weathered boulders. The Devil is supposed to have dropped these from his back as he flew over the Lomond Hills.
At the top end of the secluded valley, is John Knox’s Pulpit – a secret congregation spot at the time of the reformation. The site formed a natural amphitheatre from which a few carefully positioned guards would have been able to warn of any approaching lawmen. An angel with a drawn sword is said to have appeared on top of the pulpit, protecting the minister who spoke within. Whilst part of the cave is still there to be seen, the rocks that formed the pulpit were removed in 2004 because they were deemed unsafe.
A short distance from John Knox’s pulpit is the site of a beautiful secluded waterfall. It is not the most breathtaking nor the most imposing, but it is one of the most picturesque of falls. It is unusual in that you can walk right up to the fall, and bathe your feet in the shallow pool at its base. On a sunny day it is hard to beat for a beauty spot.
通往彭斯峡谷瀑布的步行路线将带您进入韦尔峡谷（Glen Vale），这是洛蒙德地区（the Lomonds）最秀美的峡谷之一。在到达那里之前，您会首先往下山的方向来到“魔鬼的包袱”（Devil’s Burdens）。这是一排巨大的已被风化的石块，呈直线排列。据说，魔鬼在飞越洛蒙德山区（Lomond Hills）的时候，从背上扔下了这些“包袱”。
在与世隔绝的山谷顶端，是“约翰·诺克斯的讲坛”（John Knox’s Pulpit），这是宗教改革运动时期的一个秘密集会点。这里形成了一个天然露天圆形剧场，在适当位置上站岗的卫兵们能从这里观察到逼近的执法官，从而发出预警。据说，一位手执出鞘宝剑的天使曾出现在讲坛之上，保护在其中发表演讲的牧师。尽管现在游客们仍能看到洞穴的一部分，但构成讲坛的石块已在2004年被搬走，因为它们被认为是不安全的。
Alva Glen is the finest of the four main Ochil Glens. Every year the waterfalls in the glen are illuminated by coloured lights. These Alva Glen illuminations have been attracting people from all over Scotland for many years.
The highlights of the glen include the 23m Craighorn Fall and the Big Fall, a hidden waterfall that cascades magically into the Smuggler’s Cave.
Beyond the impressive Craighorn Fall, a well-marked miners’ track leads down Silver Glen with its famous old mines. These mines were once assayed by Sir Isaac Newton, when he was Master of the Mint, as he wanted to determine the quality of the silver for himself.
There are four noteworthy falls in Silver Glen. Other falls in the neighbourhood of Alva include those in Balquharn Glen, which are the most difficult and awkward to access in the Ochil Glens.
峡谷中的亮点包括23米高的克莱格豪恩瀑布（Craighorn Fall）和大瀑布（Big Fall），这座地处隐蔽的瀑布飞流直下，神一般地流入“走私者的洞穴”（Smuggler’s Cave）。
在令人赞叹的克莱格豪恩瀑布的另一边，有一条十分显著的矿工轨道向下通往有着多个著名老矿井的银色峡谷（Silver Glen）。在担任皇家铸币厂厂长一职时，艾萨克·牛顿爵士（Sir Isaac Newton）曾检测过这些矿井，因为他想亲自确定银的质量。