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The Speckled Water of Bracklinn Falls

The speckled water of Bracklinn falls

The brown peat-tinged water, flcecked with bits of twigs and leaves, gives a clue to the name of the falls. Bracklinn comes from Gaelic breac, meaning speckled and linn, meaning pool.

In dry spells, it can be heard to imagine how the murmuring waters of Keltie Burn could have sculptured the rocks. But after heavy rain, millions of gallons of water roar through the falls.

Severe flash floods in August 2004 reshaped the gorge and swept away the iron bridge across the falls.

The bridge you see today is designed using locally sourced Larch and four Douglas Fir tree trunks, each measuring 12 meters long. The bridge was transported here as individual sections then constructed on site over six months. The entire 20 tonnes was winched by hand across the falls on a temporary steel rack.

The innovative timber bridge was formally opened on 16 November 2010.