Black Spout Waterfall, Pitlochry

Today, I was in central Scotland and took the opportunity to visit the Black Spout Waterfall at Pitlochry.

Weather conditions were ideal being a combination of blue skies, sunshine, negligible wind and temperature a little above freezing. However, much colder and harsher weather is on it’s way.

The Black Spout Waterfall forms part of the Edradour Burn (stream) and has a drop of 200 feet.

The waterfall is accessed via the Black Spout Wood which is of interest to archaeologists and naturalists, viz:


A large Iron Age (800 BC-43 AD) homestead site is perched on a cliff above the Edradour Burn near to the waterfall. I was a volunteer in the excavation of this site under Perth & Kinross Heritage Trust between 2005-2009.


Here can be found many species of fauna including Roe Deer, Red Squirrels, Foxes, Voles, Mice and Moles.
Flora includes Wood Anemone, Wood Sage, Primrose, Dog Violet, Wood Sorrel, Blaeberry, Hard Fern, Wavy Hair Grass, Greater Woodrush, Snowdrops, Enchanter’s Nightshade, Yellow Pimpernel, Creeping Buttercup, Ground Ivy, Sticky Willow, Barren Strawberry, Wood Avens and Bluebell.
Bird life includes Woodpeckers, Tits, Treecreepers, Warblers, Jays, Jackdaws, Buzzards, Kestrels, Dipper, Heron and Grey Wagtail.

Snowdrops in Black Spout Wood

Trees in Black Spout Wood.

Edradour Burn (stream) below Black Spout Waterfall.

The Atholl Palace Hotel is situated close to the wood.

Atholl Palace Hotel from Black Spout Wood.

Snow-capped mountains from Atholl Palace Hotel Golf Course.

Later, I went into the town which was incredibly quite compared with the deluge of visitors and traffic during the summer period.

Atholl Road, Pitlochry (looking South)

Atholl Road, Pitlochry (looking North)

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