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Wailing Widow Falls | Hidden Waterfall in Scotland

Updated: Mar 6

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.


Image of Wailing Widow Falls in Scotland.
Image taken by @evelynedwards1 via Instagram.

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.

Not far from the car park, about 15 min walk - goes through a charming gorge to a beautiful waterfall. Caution after rain, it can be slippery. Wailing Widow Falls is definitely worth a visit. – Google Review

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!


Please take extra care when viewing from the bottom as you'll need to make your way over some slippery rocks in which you'll need appropriate footwear.


FAQs/Things to know before visiting Wailing Widow Falls


1) Where are Wailing Widow Falls located?

Wailing Widow Falls are located on the Isle of Skye, Scotland.


2) What makes Wailing Widow Falls a hidden gem?

Wailing Widow Falls are considered a hidden gem due to their remote location amidst the rugged landscape of the Isle of Skye. Tucked away, the falls offer visitors a serene and picturesque spot away from more crowded tourist destinations.


3) How do I get to Wailing Widow Falls?

Visitors can access Wailing Widow Falls by following a hiking trail from Kylesku or the nearby car park which is 15 minutes away. The trail leads through scenic countryside and offers views of the Cuillin Mountains before reaching the waterfall.


4) Is there an entrance fee to visit Wailing Widow Falls?

There is no entrance fee to visit Wailing Widow Falls, as they are located in a public-access area on the Isle of Skye.


5) What can I expect to see at Wailing Widow Falls?

At Wailing Widow Falls, visitors can admire the sight of the water tumbling down the rocky cliffs into the pool below. The area is surrounded by stunning scenery, including lush greenery and dramatic mountains, offering opportunities for photography and relaxation.


6) Are guided tours available for Wailing Widow Falls?

While guided tours may not be specifically available for Wailing Widow Falls, there are guided walks and hikes offered on the Isle of Skye that may include visits to this scenic spot.


7) Is Wailing Widow Falls suitable for families and children?

Wailing Widow Falls can be suitable for families and children, but caution is advised, especially near the water's edge and on uneven terrain. Parents should supervise children closely during the visit.


8) Are dogs allowed at Wailing Widow Falls?

Dogs are allowed at Wailing Widow Falls and along the hiking trails in Glenbrittle, but they must be kept on a lead at all times and owners should clean up after them.


9) Are there facilities or amenities near Wailing Widow Falls?

There are limited facilities near Wailing Widow Falls, with the nearest amenities located at Kylesku. Visitors are advised to come prepared with food, water, and any other necessities for their visit.


10) What is the best time to visit Wailing Widow Falls?

Wailing Widow Falls can be visited all year-round, but they are particularly impressive after periods of heavy rainfall when the water flow is at its strongest. However, the falls are beautiful in all seasons, and each offers a unique experience amidst the wild and rugged beauty of the Isle of Skye.



Image of Wailing Widow Falls in Scotland.
Photo taken by @robert_scott30 via Instagram.

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