Plodda Falls

Plodda Falls, Photo Pete LandPlodda is situated some three miles beyond the village of Tomich on the unclassified road leading to the small hamlet of Cougie. There is a car park with several picnic tables set amongst trees. The Forestry Commission have waymarked two circular forest walks that both take in views of the Falls. The Falls Walk is approximately 1 mile (allow 30 mins) while the longer Tweedmouth Walk is almost 2 miles (allow 1 hour). You will also find several forestry tracks that allow you to extend the routes on foot or by mountain bike.

The Falls can be quite spectacular even in the summer months. In winter time they can freeze over and present a challenge to ice climbers. There are two viewing platforms, one at the top and the other near the base. Have a waterproof handy at the lower one especially after heavy rainfall! There is a new wooden platform at the top of the Falls, replacing the old iron bridge built by Lord Tweedmouth in 1889. This had deteriorated badly over the years despite several attempts to repair it and eventually had to be closed for safety reasons. The replacement gives a birds eye view right over the lip of the Falls.

The area around the Falls is a rich and diverse woodland. Around 1900, Lord Tweedmouth planted a large number of Douglas Fir, Larch, Giant Redwood and specimen conifers. Together with the native tree population they have combined to provide an ideal habitat for the likes of the red squirrel and a wide variety of bird and insect life. Some of the Douglas Firs are now an impressive 200ft tall!