Glen Tilt and The Falls of Tarf
An ancient Glen with a considerable amount of history and also a nice gradient for cycling back down, was the pick of the afternoon as I became child free for five hoursJ
Having just an afternoon, and the fact that it was blowing a hoolie on the high tops I decided that I wanted to visit and photograph the Falls of Tarf.
I had been up the Glen on a number of occasions to Carn a’ Chlamain but had never ventured to the Falls… Having recently read Alex Roddies excellent work – The Atholl Expedition, I decided I wanted to have a look further up the Glen…
So, having dropped the kids off in rural Perthshire for an afternoon with their grand parents, I set on heading for Blair Atholl. However for the second time in a week, progress was brought to a halt south of Pitlochry as the traffic works added about 30minutes to my journey and reduced my time in TGO!!
I eventually reached the Glen Tilt car park, unloaded my gear and set off… The wind was blowing a few light showers through but nothing too bad… Familiar sights came and went (Marble Lodge and the two bridges) and I was soon passing by Forrest Lodge. The only time I had been this far up the Glen was to bag An Sgarsoch and its neighbour many moons ago. I remember the journey back being super-fast and very enjoyable and was confident I could return down the Glen much quicker than I ascended it!!!
Soon the Glen narrowed and the River Tilt was forced into a straight course, a curving to the north and I knew I wasn’t too far from the falls J
I left the bike about 200metres shy of the falls and continued on foot waiting for the bridge and falls to come into sight. I was now well behind schedule and realised I was in the middle of nowhere, however I was confident I could make my time up on the descent?
The Falls were cracking but I didn’t have much time so I set about getting some footage which almost proved expensive!! As I took the drone up the Falls I noticed a black shape circling above it – an eagle was eying up the drone. I quickly brought it back down an decided to try and get some photos. The light wasn’t great but I did what I could before time eventually caught up with me…..
Running back to the bike I still had confidence in a speedy run down the Glen – WRONG!!
The head wind was ferocious and I am sure I was cycling harder downhill than I was on the way up!! Haha
Anyhoos got back to the car – rather tired then another sit in traffic on the A9 before collecting the kid sJ
I will return and make sure I have more time – looks like a cracking spot to wild camp too….
Short Video from previous wild camp up the Glen....
Some thoughts and reports from my outdoors activties...