Falls of Leny – Kilmahog, Scotland - Atlas Obscura

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Falls of Leny

Kilmahog, Scotland

A tumbling waterfall near a narrow passage that was used to herd cattle for hundreds of years. 


The Falls of Leny are a series of cascading waterfalls that force their way through a narrow gorge before tumbling down the boulder-strewn ravine.

The waterfalls are on the course of the Garbh Uisge (which means “rough water”), otherwise known as the River Leny, which drains Loch Lubnaig in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. They occur where the river crosses the Highland Boundary Fault.

The name Leny may be of Gaelic origin, and it is thought to have derived from the word lanaigh, which means “boggy meadow.” Not far from the falls is the Pass of Leny. For hundreds of years, cattle were brought to this narrow point to be herded through, an important gateway between the Highlands and Lowlands of Scotland. These regions each have unique landscape features—the Highlands are dominated by craggy mountain ranges while the Lowlands are characterized by rolling hills and moors. 

This stunning waterfall is best seen after a few days of heavy rain when the water powerfully cascades over the rocks sending spray up into the air and roaring sounds into your ears.

Know Before You Go

Car parking is available on the opposite side of the road, it is then a very short walk on the pathless roadside before stepping on to a dirt trail leading through the trees.

Be warned, this path has not been maintained for some time.  The railings are loose, the concrete pathway is cracked and crumbling and in places practically none existent.

While the falls are more impressive after rain, wait until it has stopped to visit, wear good footwear and be prepared for it to be slippery, you don't want to take a dip in the river!



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