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12 best hidden waterfalls to visit in Scotland

Updated: Jan 3

Your Ultimate Guide to exploring off-the-beaten track waterfalls scattered across Scotland.


We all know Scotland is home to some of the most breath-taking natural wonders, and these waterfalls are ideal for improving our health and wellness. Whether you enjoy swimming in the plunge pools below the waterfalls or simply listening to the relaxing sounds of cascading water, you should definitely check out some of these hidden waterfalls scattered across Scotland.


In this article, we share 12 of the best hidden waterfalls scattered around Scotland which you need to add to your Scotland bucket list this year. We hope you enjoy!





A beautiful piece of nature where you can see many birds breeding (oh and also seeing this cool waterfall which gushes into the sea!). You won't come across many waterfalls in the UK which fall into the sea, and Crawton Waterfall is very hidden compared to the likes of Mealt Falls etc.


Crawton Waterfall is often overlooked by around 90% of the tourists which come to visit Scotland, and that's a good thing for you! It's a wonderful find for all you waterfall enthusiasts, and it's well worth the walk to visit.




You'll come across this cute little waterfall only a 5 minute walk from the car park. You may have seen The Falls of Falloch famously on a few Instagram posts with its unique viewpoint, which gets compared to Jurassic Park! This should be on the very top of your Scottish bucket list.


The Falls of Falloch are one of our favourites in all of Scotland, and it's clear to see why! The waterfall is simply amazing, and the noise of the splash is very calming. We absolutely love the viewpoint which as you're walking through makes you feel like you're auditioning for the next Jurassic Park!


As The Falls of Falloch can be quite fierce especially after heavy rain, we recommend standing away from the edge at the main waterfall due to there being lack of protection. So, if you do decide to bring little ones, hold onto their hands!




The Falls of Dochart is best viewed in the winter especially after snow melt. You'll often see salmon floating up the river so definitely keep an eye open for them jumping up the river! You can also view this waterfall from the road bridge that you can walk across without causing issues or dangers to vehicles.


You'll know when you're near the Falls of Dochart when you hear the loud fierce noise of these stunning waterfalls. It's best viewed after a day of heavy rainfall as you can imagine, regardless though it is still a very impressive and picturesque waterfall to visit in Scotland.


Regarding parking, the good news is there is a free public car park over the bridge towards Killin village on the right hand side. It's worth noting that during peak season, it can get filled up pretty quickly so we recommend visiting early if visiting at these times of the year.





The photos online really don't do The Falls of Bruar justice. Visitors are often taken aback by how spectacular the waterfall is, and it's no surprise why! You'll get the fairy-tale feeling when you see the small bridges and the masonry; it's definitely worth the short hike to see this waterfall.


The hike around the Falls of Bruar is definitely worth the visit if you're around the area. It isn't a very challenging hike, however in some places there are vertical drops, so it's worth just sticking to the paths and enjoying the stone bridges with many waterfalls flowing through!


Visitors can enjoy a gentle hike to the viewpoint by the lower falls and then a further hike to the upper falls. We definitely recommend hiking to the top of the falls as you can find a few benches to sit on and admire the breath-taking views!




After a 30 minute walk you'll be rewarded with the views of Steall Waterfall. The walk is relatively easy and once you get down to the falls the scene is absolutely beautiful. The route heads through the dramatic and gorgeous Nevis Gorge and leads to this awesome waterfall.


Once you overcome the 40-60 minute walk from the car park to Steall Waterfall, the long journey will be forgotten when you presented with these stunning views!


There are two ways in which you can get to the waterfall; one is by crossing the river via a wire bridge which is a favourite! Or the second option would be to simply walk through the clean and clear water which is also pleasant.




The Plodda Falls is a beautiful and natural waterfall situated in a picturesque forested area, surrounded by lush green vegetation, rugged cliffs and towering trees. The water cascading down the falls is crystal clear and creates a soothing sound as it flows into the pool below!


For any nature enthusiasts and waterfall lovers out there; Plodda Falls is a must-see destination especially for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. The walk around Plodda Falls is lovely and the path is well maintained so it is perfect for those with walking difficulties.


The view of Plodda Falls from the viewing platform is very dramatic, but in order to get to the bottom you have to follow the path down from the side of the falls Once you're at the bottom, the view is fantastic!





The Ardvreck Castle Waterfall is located just opposite the Ardvreck Castle (which around 90% of visitors to the castle don't even realise!). It's a beautiful multi-level waterfall which is visible from the road and the castle, however it is well worth an up-close look! It's definitely worth a little de-tour after visiting the Ardvreck Castle.


You'll be surprised at how often this hidden gem gets missed by visitors of the actual castle. It's not signposted very well (which is perfect!) but it's well worth the short walk to have a look.


You can kill two birds with one stone when you visit this location, as you'll get to see not just a castle, but a pretty cool waterfall too! There is a worm path which you can use to walk from the castle to the falls, and it's also a very picturesque spot for all you photography lovers.




The Wailing Widow Falls are an absolute must-visit if you're around the Highlands in Scotland. It is simply spectacular, and since it's quite difficult to access you'll often find nobody else there! If you're doing the NC500 you should definitely come and check this waterfall out.


If you walk to Wailing Widow Falls from the top car park, you'll get an impressive side view of the falls! There is a loch at the top (called Gainmhich) which is where the water is sourced from.


Described by some as one of the best waterfalls they've ever seen, you definitely have to add Wailing Widow Falls to your 2023 bucket list. This gorgeous gem can be viewed either from the top of the falls, but we have to say it's absolutely stunning from the bottom!





Clashnessie Falls is a gorgeous waterfall located in the small coastal village of Clashnessie. Once you get up and close to the waterfall it's absolutely huge especially after a few heavy days of rainfall so please take caution as the water can be quite intense. We recommend wearing wellies or good walking boots as it gets quite marshy at points, even on a dry day!


It's very impressive from up close as well as afar, and you'll only need to walk around 10-15 mins from the nearest car park to get to it.




The Eas a'Bhradain is a great hidden waterfall just off the roadside and we definitely recommend visiting if you're in the area or driving by. It's a quick stop on the side of the road, so there's no real path but it's not that difficult to get too.


Eas a’Bhradain is the perfect spot to come for anybody who loves secluded waterfalls and admiring them with no disturbances. When we went we saw a lovely little area by the river which would be goals for those with a picnic (especially for couples as there is something romantic about this spot!).


Overall, Eas a'Bhradain is a great hidden waterfall just off the roadside and often gets missed by Scottish explorers!




So the Carbost Burn Waterfall isn't the easiest to get to, but it's worth the short scramble to be able to actually sit in the water which is actually quite cool! It's hidden by the municipalities and tourist sites of the Isle of Skye.


The Carbost Burn Waterfall is a magical waterfall hidden from the more touristy areas of the Isle of Skye. So whilst every man and his dog will be visiting attractions such as Old Man of Storr, why not head over to this secluded hidden gem?


For those that are into wild swimming and are brave enough to plunge into the cold water, there is a pleasant pool waiting for you at the base of Carbost Burn Waterfall.




You'll be rewarded with fantastic views and breath-taking scenery when you visit the Mealt Falls. It's a beautiful quick stop on the road and is up there with one of the best views in the Isle of Skye.


Visitors will be rewarded with fantastic views of the Isle of Skye as well as an amazing drop waterfall which throws itself from a cliff! It's perfect to see for a quick 10-minute pit stop as it's close to the side of the road and if you're ever passing that road we definitely recommend checking out!


However, although the Mealt Falls is pretty spectacular, it's worth noting that some visitors have described it as 'pretty underwhelming'. If you're passing by it is definitely worth a quick pit stop, however they don't recommend going out your way to visit!


We hoped you enjoyed discovering the local finds and less known waterfalls which are scattered around Scotland. We are confident that visiting some of these hidden gems will make your Scottish trip even more memorable!


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