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  • Writer's pictureAbigail Daly

Puck's Glen, just a few minute's walk from Ruskin Lodges

Puck's Glen is magical. It is a small, yet stunningly beautiful woodland glen that boasts a unique mix of native and exotic plant species, numerous waterfalls, and a series of winding paths and stairs that lead visitors deep into the heart of the glen. It is one of the most popular walking routes in the area and is located just behind the lodges. We advise starting at the bottom of the glen and walking up in a clockwise direction. It requires a little stamina and sure-footedness, and there are no barriers between the tracks and the waters, so it isn't suitable for young ones.

Puck's Glen
Puck's Glen by Christine McIntosh licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0

The name "Puck's Glen" comes from the mythical character, Puck, a mischievous fairy from English folklore. The glen is said to be one of his favorite haunts, and visitors are often enchanted by the mystical atmosphere and ethereal beauty of the place.

The glen is managed by the Forestry Commission Scotland and is open to the public all year round. The trails surrounding Puck's Glen are well-maintained and offer a range of difficulty levels, from easy walks suitable for families with young children to more challenging hikes for experienced walkers.

As visitors enter the glen, they are immediately struck by the lush vegetation and the sound of rushing water. The glen is home to a wide variety of plant species, including native trees such as oak, birch, and hazel. There are many fern, lichen and moss varieties growing on boulders and trees. The glen is also home to a diverse range of wildlife, including red squirrels, deer, and birds.

As visitors make their way deeper into the glen, they will encounter a series of cascading waterfalls, each more spectacular than the last. The waterfalls are fed by the Allt a' Bhealaich Bhig, a small stream that runs through the glen, and the sound of the water cascading over the rocks adds to the magical atmosphere of the place.

One of the most striking features of Puck's Glen is the series of stairs and bridges that wind their way through the glen. The stairs and bridges are made of wood and blend in seamlessly with the natural surroundings. They offer visitors stunning views of the waterfalls and the surrounding forest and are a photographer's dream come true.

At the heart of Puck's Glen is a small, secluded pool known as the Fairy Pool. The pool is surrounded by moss-covered rocks and overhanging trees and is said to be a favorite bathing spot of the fairies. Visitors can sit by the pool and enjoy the tranquility of the place, or take a dip in the cool, clear water if they're feeling brave.

Puck's Glen is a truly magical place that is not to be missed. It is a great option during or just after rain as the waterfalls are even more dramatic - just make sure you're wearing appropriate walking shoes/boots and watch your step!

Tip: occasionally maintenance work may close the route - signs at the bottom of the path will show you alternative routes.

For more information, visit Forestry and Land Scotland's website.

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