Plodda Falls

Plodda Falls features a wrought iron bridge built by Lord Tweedmouth in 1880. The falls are spectacular with two rivers meeting and joining at the falls. Once you have been on the bridge you can follow the path down to the viewing area at the bottom of the falls. You can then continue down to meet up on other paths through the forest where you are likely to see red deer, beautiful butterflies and many other creatures, many of which are quite rare in Britain.

Plodda is surrounded by some of the tallest Douglas Firs in Scotland, many measuring over 65 metres. Plodda Falls is the highest and most spectacular waterfall in the area, over forty metres high. The falls are spectacular with two rivers meeting and joining at the falls. It is close to the village Tomich in the beautiful Glen Affric. The surroundings are fantastic, though, and if you are into hiking, the whole area is perfect for you.

Plodda Falls

There is a mixed conifer forest planted around Plodda falls which is dominated by magnificent, mature conifers and interspersed with many native broadleaved trees. The combination of large conifers and native trees makes Plodda forest an ideal home for lots of wildlife – look out for red squirrels, wood ants, siskins, crossbills and many others in the forest.

Plodda Falls

The paths are good – although again, not suitable for wheelchairs. There is a lovely walk at the bottom of the falls which would be suitable for wheelchairs as it runs along a track. Do watch out for fourteen different breeds of dragonfly, some of which are very rare in Britain.

Plodda Falls

History Of Plodda Falls
Plodda and nearby Guisachan (Gaelic for “pine”) were the stronghold of the Fraser clan until 1854 when the estate was purchased by Sir Dudley Marjoribanks (the first Lord Tweedmouth). Lord Tweedmouth built the spectacular bridge over the falls in 1880. It was restored by the Forestry Commission in 1984. The walk passes through some magnificent Douglas fir and European larch trees planted between 1895 – 1900. The Douglas fir are considered to be among the highest quality in Britain and selected stems are sometimes felled for ship masts. The masts of Scott’s restored “Discovery” at Dundee came from his stand.

Plodda Falls

The Forestry Commission have waymarked two circular forest walks that both take in the Falls. The Falls Walk is approximately 1 mile (allow 30 mins) while the longer Tweedmouth Walk is almost 2 miles (allow 1 hour). You will also find several forestry tracks that allow you to extend the routes on foot or by mountain bike.

Entry Point:
Plodda Falls Carpark

Plodda falls walk, not suitable for wheelchairs
Plodda Falls
Water cascade at Plodda Falls
mixed conifer forest planted around Plodda falls

Contact
Plodda Falls Carpark
Recreation
Tel: 01463 791575
e-mail: invernessross&skye@forestry.gsi.gov.uk
Web: Click here

Location:

Plodda Falls Carpark
3 miles from Tomich, follow sign for Plodda Falls in Glen Affric
Inverness-shire
Scotland, UK

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