If you know me then you’ll know my favourite spot, probably in the whole world, is a little hill in Aberdeenshire called Bennachie. I’ve been up this hill more times than I can count and in all weather’s from sunshine to snow! Well recently, thanks to a local Instagram account Aberdeenshire Walks, I learned of the existence of Bennachie’s Hidden Waterfall and of course I had to go on the hunt for this mythic place!
As I said I have been all over this hill and never knew about the hidden waterfall until this year so I was quite excited to go on the hunt for it, especially now that summer is in full swing. It is relatively easy to find if you know where to look and part of the fun is finding it so I won’t give it away completely but I will point you in the right direction because it is truly a beautiful spot!
Wether you are starting from the Bennachie Visitor Centre carpark or the Rowan Tree carpark the first thing you need to do is find the Turnpike Trail. From the Bennachie Visitor Centre carpark this is quite well signposted but if you are starting at Rowan Tree and new to the trails it can be easily missed. Once on the Turnpike Trail continue until you find a small stream that leads into a thicker area of trees. If you walk parallel to the water you will definitely find the waterfall, if the path you are following starts to drift from the stream then you have taken the wrong trail and should head back to the Turnpike until you find the correct path.
It really is that easy, I won’t give you any more clues as I’ll spoil the fun! After finding the waterfall make sure to make the climb to the top of Bennachie; if you’re looking for a more gentle climb then I recommend the Maiden Causeway (accessed from the Rowan Tree carpark) as even though it is still a steep climb towards the end, there are less large rocks to climb over. The Timeline Trail is the easiest to access from the Bennachie Visitor Centre carpark and is the one with the most nostalgia for me but some of those steps towards the end are very high! Let me know if you find the hidden waterfall by tagging (@welltravelledlass) me in your Instagram captions or leave a comment below!