Gilmour’s Linn waterfall, also known known as Touch Glen Waterfall is a hidden gem situated in Touch Glen just outside Stirling. It is backed with a long cave which has links to Bonnie Prince Charlie, hence why it has been nicknamed Charlie’s Cave.
The term ‘linn’ is commonly used to describe a waterfall or the pool below the waterfall in southern Scotland.
History of Charlie’s Cave and Gilmour’s Linn
Bonnie Prince Charlie and his army were hosted by Elizabeth Seton at the nearby Touch House before the Jacobite’s fought the government army in the battle of Prestonpans in 1745. Bonnie Prince Charlie allegedly visited the waterfall and cave for some quiet reflection before what would become the Jacobite’s first decisive victory.
Some also claim that Bonnie Prince Charlie hid in the cave following the Jacobite defeat at The Battle of Culloden. It would have been too risky to stay in Touch House as the Setons were known supporters of the Jacobite’s, so it is thought he hid in the nearby cave.
Servants would have been able to take him food and supplies in secret. We are not sure how true this theory is due to the location of the cave and Charlie’s subsequent escape to Skye.
Finding Gilmour’s Linn and Charlie’s Cave
Gilmour’s Linn is an incredibly beautiful place to visit if you know how to find it. The best way to access this waterfall while causing the least local disruption possible is to begin your walk at the waterworks building. To reach the waterworks take the first left turn after leaving the village of Cambusbarron. Follow this road and keep to the right when the road splits in two. Drive carefully over the cattle-grids and be mindful of sheep wandering on the road. Stop and park when you reach the waterworks building.
From here there is a few routes you can take to reach the waterfall and cave. We walked down alongside the waterworks building and passed an old wooden scout hut. We went round the corner into a small field. The field can be boggy in places so be careful. Go through the gate (remembering to close it behind you) and follow the track that winds to the left of the farmhouse. When the track begins to wind downhill carry on towards the trees in front of you. Climb over or go under the fence before you and head into the trees.
You will see and hear Touch Burn and should be able to find the path that runs close to the gully. Be careful as the path is quite thin and runs close to the edge of the gorge . Keep following this path until you reach some uprooted trees and an old stone wall. After this you will make your way down to the waterfall on your right. Be careful when you are descending to the waterfall. It can be slippery, especially after rainfall. I would recommend doing this on a nice day and being very careful with your footing. Do NOT attempt to get down to any of the other waterfalls as the descents to these are dangerous.
The Waterfall and Cave
You can walk all around the cave at the back of the waterfall and view the waterfall from behind. If you’re feeling brave enough the pool is also a great place for a refreshing dip! We certainly enjoyed jumping in the cold water! The pool is probably around 4ft at its deepest and it is possible to get directly under the waterfall if you fancy a cold shower!
Watch a short video of our visit to Gilmour’s Linn
Things to remember
When visiting Gilmour’s Lynn (or any beauty spot) please remember to treat the area with the respect it deserves. Here are a few things to be mindful of.
- Take any litter back home with you. Places like this will not stay beautiful for long if we don’t all do our part to keep them that way. We always try and take away more than we came with! Every little helps.
- Gates are there for a reason, if you open them it is important to remember to close them behind you and same goes if you find them open, leave them open (as the farmer may have left them open for a reason).
- Don’t block the roads or access points. When you are parking up make sure that you are parked in a suitable carpark or area that doesn’t inconvenience anyone.
- If you pass people’s homes/ gardens respect their privacy. Don’t knock on doors or walk through people’s gardens and be polite and courteous at all times.
- Be careful when walking. Walking routes ( and especially those on the way to waterfalls) can often involve steep sections and sheer drops. It is really important to be mindful of your footing and make sure you keep a very close eye on children. Don’t try and get down to waterfalls if there is not a clear and obvious route.
We hope you enjoyed this blog and please do let us know if you manage to find Gilmour’s Linn. If you’re interested in Scottish waterfalls then check out the rest of our blogs for more suggestions.
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