Loup of Fintry

Glasgow, Scotland

The Loup of Fintry: one of the most captivating waterfalls in the Scottish Lowlands.

Exploring the Loup of Fintry in Glasgow

No getaway in Glasgow is complete without a visit to the Loup of Fintry waterfall on the River Endrick, 2 miles from the village of Fintry. Tucked away from the usual paths, this natural wonder is a true gem waiting to be explored.

In light of its hidden nature, accessing the waterfall is half of the fun! As the path carries you off the country lane and over nearby fields, you’ll start to think you’re embarking on one of Tolkien’s marvellous adventures!

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The Loup of Fintry: An Impressive Scene

"Loup" deriving from the Scottish term for "leap," aptly describes the scene of water leaping over the rocky edge. From an impressive height of 94 feet (28 metres), the River Endrick cascades beautifully over the multiple rock levels at the Loup of Fintry. After landing with a splash, it continues its course to the eastern end of Loch Lomond.

The Carron Valley Reservoir upstream holds a significant portion of the river's catchment, making it most impressive to witness the Loup of Fintry's grandeur, after substantial rainfall or snowfall.

Whilst the Loup is a scenic spot throughout the year, its true splendour is revealed in autumn when rainfall is heaviest and the surrounding hills are warmed with hues of orange and brown.

Don't forget to bring your camera along for the Loup of Fintry provides ample photo opportunities at any time of the year!

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A Touch of History at the Loup of Fintry

The Loup of Fintry is not just a feast for the eyes but also holds historical significance. The nearby Fintry Kirk, a charming parish church dating back to the 17th century, adds a cultural layer to the visit. Exploring the churchyard and its ancient gravestones allows visitors to connect with the rich history of the area.

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Visiting the Loup of Fintry

With the Loup being a 45-minute drive from Glasgow city centre, a spontaneous trip to escape the city’s hustle and bustle is easily manageable. Combine the drive with a 5-minute walk from the trail’s starting point and you can reach the Loup of Fintry in under an hour! However, be prepared for a potentially muddy path that may not be ideal for brand-new footwear.

If the weather cooperates, it transforms into an idyllic spot for a refreshing swim. The summer months offer the warmest weather, although it's essential to remember the Scottish climate. Braver souls may opt for a winter dip, with the top river before the first fall or the middle pool being recommended spots for easier water access.

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Beyond the falls, the scenic trails to Carron Valley Reservoir and Carron Forest await, challenging you to extend your journey. For those who want to see even more natural beauty, the Walton Loch lies just to the north. This can be accessed by navigating various hiking trails around the Loup of Fintry. These trails cater to different skill levels, providing opportunities for both novice hikers and seasoned trekkers to explore the natural beauty of the surroundings.

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Efforts have been made to preserve the natural habitat around the Loup of Fintry. Visitors are encouraged to follow designated trails and adhere to guidelines to maintain the ecological balance of the area. The responsible exploration ensures that future generations can continue to appreciate this hidden gem.

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What you need to know

Loup of Fintry
B818, Glasgow G63 0
56.049900, -4.149810
Tips before you visit

Whilst the Loup is pretty easy to access it can be slippery from the spray of the water so use caution if getting close and wear sensible footwear.