SCOTLAND'S #1 CANYON
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A history of the Falls of BruarThe falls were came after the retreat of the glaciers at the end of the last Ice Age. Erosion carved the rock forming the waterfalls some 500 million years ago. The layering of the rocks means that the water has cut a meandering path through the softer rock and left the harder rock untouched. This has led to the creation of deep pools, outcrops and, in one place, a natural arch. The falls consist of two large falls and a number of smaller drops. After days of dry weather the water is crystal clear, but after rainfall the water can often be brown from the peat in the ground. The falls first became popular as a tourist attraction at the end of the 18th century. At that time, the Bruar Water flowed through a treeless, barren landscape, and the falls were said to be a somewhat disappointing sight for those forced to make their way over the slippery rocks and steep banks to view them. The total drop of the falls is about 60 metres. The narrowness of the gorge means that the falls are most impressive after heavy rain, but since the construction of a hydroelectric power scheme in the late 1940s, water is extracted farther up the river and the falls no longer reach the volumes they once did. Robert Burns, although taken with the falls themselves, was unimpressed by the lack of vegetation. After his visit in 1787, he wrote the poem,The Humble Petition of Bruar Water to the Noble Duke of Atholl. Burns pleaded with the Duke of Atholl, the owner of the land, to plant some trees and bushes around the falls. Almost ten years later, after Burn's death in 1796, Murray planted 120,000 Larch and Scots Pine. He also built the path that is still in use today, constructed the two bridges as viewpoints over the falls, and built a large number of huts and shelters. Recently hundreds of trees have been cleared due to the spread of disease; Phytophthora Ramorum which threatens Scotland’s larches. Now the conifers are mixed with Mountain Ash, Willow, Aspen and Birch.
CANYONING ADVENTURE EXPERIENCES
Canyoning is a perfect mix of different outdoor activities. But although canyoning uses a mixture of skills it has its own specific way to do things. It involves rock climbing skills, as there is often abseiling and rappelling. Swimming is an important part as most canyons have water in them.
Canyoneering is an adventure activity. It combines rock and water activities into a sport full of adrenaline and natural beauty. When you go canyoning you will be trekking through river gorges. You will also explore around rock pools and behind waterfalls. You will find yourself abseiling down waterfalls as well as tackling cliff jumps into stunning water rock pools.
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