Ossian's Hall, River Braan

Ossian's Hall, River Braan, Scotland

This evening, I am focusing on the Falls of Braan at Ossian’s Hall near Dunkeld in Central Scotland.

This site attracts about 200,000 visitors each year no doubt influenced by scenic attraction and proximity to the A9 main north-south tourist route.

Key facts:

  • Site is known as the Hermitage but most visitors rarely get beyond Ossian’s Hall and the Falls of Braan
  • Was part of an 18th century designed landscape under ownership of the Duke of Atholl who owned (and whose descendants still own) vast tracts of central Scotland.
  • To access the site entails a pleasant walk of about half a mile along the wooded banks of the River Braan, one of Scotland’s shortest rivers with a length of about 80 miles. The path navigates through the tallest grove of Douglas Firs in the U.K. These were planted in 1920 and may well last for another 300-400 years.
  • One of the trees near the Falls has a height of about 200ft and ranks as one of the tallest trees in the U.K.
  • During the season salmon can be be viewed trying to jump the falls, an endeavour which always ends in failure.
  • Ossian’s Hall ( see image above) was built as a summer house in 1758. Nearby, a stone bridge was built over the river in 1770, ostensibly to enhance the natural attractions of the site.
  • Ossian is a character from Irish mythology. In 1760 one James McPherson, a local tutor, gathered local legends and dedicated (attributed?) same to Ossian. The Duke of Atholl duly dedicated the building next to the falls to Ossian.
  • The Hall has recently been re-built to incorporate the original series of experiences which mirrors and skylights would have afforded visitors in the 18th century. However, the hall is essentially a viewing platform for the spectacular falls.

Here is a clip  of the falls in full spate.

Falls of Braan, Ossian's Hall

Falls of Braan, Ossian's Hall, Scotland

 

Whenever possible  include a visit to the falls in my tours  of the area.

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