I’m starting my Loch Lomond and the Trossachs series with a very popular subject, the Falls of the Little Fawn (aka Little Fawn Falls). Their popularity is probably mostly due to being close to Aberfoyle and within an easy walk from a much-visited forest centre. Even though they’ve been photographed many times, there is always scope for personal interpretation of the subject so they are worth a visit. The details are after the jump.
The main falls are located at grid reference NN521016. The easiest and closest access is from the David Marshall Lodge (grid ref NN520014), just north of Aberfoyle. There is a pay-and-display car park and it is a short walk (about a quarter of a mile) to the main falls. There are other ways to get to them, including walking up the steep hill from Aberfoyle itself or a longer walk in from other forest car parks such as the one at Breaval (grid ref NN541006). If you happen to be a cyclist, the falls are right next to National Cycle Route 7. The lodge itself is a handy base to have nearby as it boasts toilets and a cafe.
Like most waterfalls, it is most impressive after heavy rain. It’s also worth noting that it’s based in woodland, so you may run into high-contrast issues on bright days. I found an overcast day after heavy rain was my favourite time to visit. In similar conditions, be prepared for a bit of mud off the main tracks.
Not as well known are the upper falls at grid reference NN522020. It’s another half a mile or so up to these secluded falls on the main paths but I think it’s worth it. You are far less likely to find a family group posing for their own photo in front of this section.
There are lots of interesting views and details to be found in the river itself, a few of which are shown below. The water holds a peaty colour from the moorland run-off which can add an extra colour dimension to your images. I’ve even seen a shot taken looking down the main cascade from the top, although anyone venturing to that sort of location does so at their own risk!
A visit to the Little Fawn Falls needn’t take a huge amount of time, so it’s a handy location to slip into your schedule. Or you can spend longer exploring the area and make more of a day of it. Whatever your preference, I think it’s worth it.