By Willem, Jan 2 2013 11:07PM
The Location: The Falls of Dochart lay on the A827 near the village of Killin, West of Perth and just North of Loch Lommond and the Trossachs National Park. In all honesty it’s a very hard place to miss, but perhaps too far along the road for most people visiting Loch Lommond. It’s roughly an hour and half drive from Glasgow, but certainly not a boring drive as the roads curve in and out of some of the finest Glens and Lochs Scotland has to offer.
Photo Opportunities: Personally I have seen both mountain bikers and canoeists tackle the falls in the summer and winter respectively, so you won’t be without inspiration. It’s the kind of place you can walk around for hours to find the perfect picture and I highly recommend you do. The presence of a local parking lot and the fact the main road crosses next to the falls means that it is a prime spot for tourist photos as well. Wet seasons can bring about gushing water which will come out looking like something from Ghostbusters on a long exposure. On the other hand, drier seasons may allow for more silky long-exposures and opens up more areas to seek out the perfect photo.
Skills & Equipment: Patience; to find the right spot and deal with the never ending line of traffic and tourists. A tripod & ND Filters; long exposures are a must, and a 10stop filter might even help you remove a tourist or two if they are active enough.
Grub: No valuable insight here; the Falls of Dochart Inn is right next to the falls (no surprise there) and serves a decent dish. Cards can only be used for purchases over £10 so bring some cash if you only fancy a coffee and some home-baked goods in the Café (which is next to the bar and restaurant).