The Hidden Waterfall

I’ve been to Skye once before and seen all the “tourist” hot-spots, including the famous Kilt Rock waterfall. The waterfall is visited by many, and when I went a few years ago, I remember coach-loads of people photographing it in amazement. I, however was not so blown away by it. The amount of people lingering around, and the railings on the cliff edge, made the experience feel too safe and not wild enough. So, when John told me about this waterfall that was hidden away off the beaten track, I hoped it was more impressive than Kilt Rock. 

Driving along the coast past the Old Man of Storr and towards the hidden waterfall, the light was beautiful, hitting the mountains, and lighting up the cliffs. In the distance you could see the rain rolling over the main land. Parking up we hoped we would be lucky and not get caught in any rain! We put on our rain jackets, grabbed our cameras and jumped out the car. I really wasn’t sure what to expect, but John warned me that I had to be careful not to fall, as to get to the waterfall we would have to do a bit of scrambling down some steep slopes. No safety barriers here - this made me happy! 

 Sunlight sifting though clouds, with The Old Man of Storr to the back 

Sunlight sifting though clouds, with The Old Man of Storr to the back 

After a short walk along a dirt track, we had to jump over some large water pipes. This was the first hurdle! I remember feeling a bit weak and as always, hungry. We had already been up since 6am, seen the Fairy Pools AND walked to Coral beach. So, with not very much elegance, I flung my body over the water pipes and we continued on our walk. 

As we came down the first hill, I spotted the first signs of a waterfall. This waterfall was large and as I approached it, the wind blew water towards me. John called me back to him, telling me that this wasn’t the one we had come to see. This waterfall was already more exciting than Kilt Rock, so I couldn’t wait to see the larger one. He pointed towards the edge of a cliff and then to the side of it, showing me where we were going to walk down. As we approached the cliff, the land formed a steep and narrow gorge. This is what we had to go down! “Do you think it’s safe enough?”, John asked as we peered down the gorge. Taking it easy, and pretending to be a little mountain goat, I began the descent, with John following. 

Reaching the end of the narrow gorge, I could hear a great roar of water and I could see the large waterfall cascading over the edge of the cliff. It was beautiful and powerful, and also quite frightening. The mountainside we were now standing on was a great slope that led down to the bottom of the waterfall. I now knew why I had to be careful not to fall. 

The way the waterfall had formed meant you could stand behind it. The view of the falls against the sea was one that I will never forget. It was a special and magical moment. Never have I felt so tiny and powerless. Once we had finished taking photos from behind the waterfall we walked along the steep slope so we could view it from the front. As we were doing so I noticed people at the very bottom of the river, trying to get closer to the waterfall. It was pretty cool that we were the only ones who were this close. Watching it from this angle was mesmerising, as I found myself getting lost watching the water drop from the lip of the cliff to the rocks at the bottom. 

 Walking behind the waterfall 

Walking behind the waterfall 

 Standing underneath the powerful falls

Standing underneath the powerful falls

After some time watching the beautiful falls, and after me being told off for being too close to the water, we decided to head back to the car. We scrambled back up the steep gorge leaving the waterfall behind us. Walking back to the car it was hard to believe that the most beautiful sight I had seen on the Isle of Skye was hidden awayfrom people so well. For me that’s what made it more special. There were no railings, car parks, coaches, or masses of people. It was just us; small and insignificant in comparison to this large waterfall that had helped mould the coast’s landscape. If I go back to Skye, this would be my first place to go back to in a heartbeat!

Holly x

 A seat with a view! 

A seat with a view! 

 Scrambling up the hillside

Scrambling up the hillside