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“Thrilling” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Falls of Foyers

The Falls of Foyers
Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Foyers
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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“Thrilling”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 26, 2013

Beautiful area on the South side of Lochness ...it is a lovely walk down to see the falls ...(or go half way and sit and enjoy the birds singing.)..a steep walk down and a long haul back up to the top,,,but well worth the climb ...much safer now than it was years ago...enjoy...nice little cafe at the top of Foyers and handy Post Office beside it too....

Visited May 2013
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Carlisle, United Kingdom
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“Magnificent scenery and industrial history”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 23, 2013

I found this site purely by accident while travelling on the southern shore road along Loch Ness. The falls are signposted from the main road and it was only curiosity that took my party to the falls. The history of the falls is interesting with it having been one of the highlights of a tour of Scotland in the 18th & 19th centuries. The immortal bard, Rabbie Burns, having visited in 1787 left some stone tablets for modern visitors to view today! John Keats and William Wordsworth also visited.
In 1896 an aluminium smelter was built below the falls which provided hydoelectric power for the smelting process. The smelter closed in 1967 but hydroelectric generation continues at the site which now utilises waters from Loch Mhor as well as the river. During periods of low demand water is pumped back up to the loch to provide storage. During World War Two the smelter produced wartime supplies of aluminium and was bombed, with fatalities, by a German Dornier 'Flying Pencil' bomber.

There is car parking above the falls and the walks through the woods are delightful.

There is a nice cafe by the falls - The Falls Cafe - which serves good food. Service is rather slow so don't leave your refreshments to the end of your walk!

The buildings below the falls are worth a visit though they are not open to the public. You can drive there and park by the outfall from the turbines.

Overall this was a brilliant place to visit.

Having been a regular visitor to the highlands of Scotland for almost fifty years I wonder why I haven't come across this visitor attraction before! It is not well advertised.

Highly recommended for a visit.

Visited May 2013
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Skipton, United Kingdom
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“"The smoke that thunders"”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 11, 2013

Not quite the Victoria falls but spectacular nevertheless and well worth the walk down through the woods. You will hear the thunder of the water but see nothing until you round the last bend and the sight does not disappoint.

Visited April 2013
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Scottish Borders, United Kingdom
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“salmon leap”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 30, 2013

great falls watch salmon jumping at right time of year its a hard walk down to it so need good walking shoes well worth a look

Visited July 2012
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“Amazing Hike”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 29, 2013

a great hiking in the wood over the mountains to see the falls then continue with the river till the loch ness lake. with the view of the bridges. it is breath taken view and the falls are amazing. not a hard walking and suitable for kids as well,

Visited April 2013
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