Falls of Shin
The Falls of Shin - one of the more popular attractions of the Scottish Highlands where you get to watch the famous Atlantic salmon leap!
From the safety of the viewing platform between the months of April and November, you are able to watch in amazement as constant numbers of salmon fight against the stunning waterfall's current. They leap into the air to avoid the mad rush of the falls as they strive to get to their spawning grounds. It is an incredible spectacle that should be witnessed at first hand to be believed! From the car park to the platform, it is about one hundred yards or so along some wide but not too deep steps.
The Falls of Shin have a lovely visitor centre where you can enjoy a good cappuccino as well as a tasty lunch. There is a shop too sporting mainly Scottish tourist souvenirs and tins of those ubiquitous shortbreads for a reasonable price. Additionally the shop stocks Harrods goods because this is the domain of Al Fayed of Harrods Knightsbridge. To prove it, he is there to greet you as you walk in the door...in waxwork form (and impressively fashioned, I might add too!)
There is a generously sized playing area for the children as well as some assisted mixed conifer woodland walks for those so inclined.
The centre is open from 9.30am during the summer and 10am at other times in the year. Entrance is free as are all the facilities. To find the centre, take the A9 northwards out of Inverness before taking the B864 via the A836 between Lairgs and the village of Bonar Bridge. The journey from Inverness should take about an hour.
With it being so difficult to find places where dogs are allowed, it comes as a nice surprise to find out that the Falls of Shin are dog friendly. The centre asks that you should keep them on their leads.
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