When it comes to nature walks, they become even more exciting when it involves waterfalls. So, we’ve summoned up a list of the most gorgeous waterfalls not too far from Edinburgh for you to discover and have the best day trip ever with plenty of photo ops.
1. Cramond Falls
While Cramond Falls are still technically within Edinburgh, it’s still worth mentioning. A popular attraction not too far from Cramond Beach, the waterfalls boast a lovely nature walk or cycle to get there. What is more, there is a café near the waterfall, unsurprisingly called Cramond Falls Cafe where nature lovers can enjoy a quiet coffee and a cake.
2. Stichill Linn
For those looking for more hidden nature spots, counterintuitively head down South to the Scottish Borders to search for Scotland’s secret waterfall. Just about an hour away lies the Stichill Linn Waterfall, tucked away in the woodland. They say it’s best to go see the majestic waterfall after it has just been raining, as that is when it looks its most beautiful. The walking route is 2.6km and takes just over half an hour to complete, with muddy parts throughout. Because of the spots hidden nature, it is unlikely to encounter many people on the walk, so probably this shouldn’t be considered as a first date idea.
3. Kemback Waterfalls
Kemback Waterfalls are located in Cupar, Fife, and should take just over an hour to drive over. Not only a picturesque drive crossing the bridge, but the walk itself offers easy access and lovely views. The waterfalls can be found next to the road across from Kemback Church Hall, where there is a small car park. On top of the gorgeous waterfalls tripling over the hill, the area also offers plenty of nature walks for visitors.
4. Bilsdean Waterfall
Bilsdean Waterfall is located on the East Coast near the old A1 about 50 minute drive South from Edinburgh. The waterfall is not as well known, yet worth the wee trip for a walk. Most people park just under an arch of the railway viaduct, that can be entered through the old section of the A1. It won’t be too hard to find the waterfall by following GPS, and be sure not to forget hiking shoes and warm clothes as always. If your sense of adventure is present on the day, walk along John Muir Link path where you can reach the shore and its shingle beach.
5. Loup of Fintry
Loup of Fintry is located in Stirling, and is a complete stunner when it comes to waterfall walks: it’s around an hour and a half away from Edinburgh. Visitors will have to locate a parking spot along the little country lane nearby, and the spot cannot be accessed via public transport. While it’s an easy five minute walk to the waterfall itself, frequent muddy patches are common, so we recommend not forgetting those hiking boots at home.