The Falls of Shin visitor attraction is famous for being one of the best places in Scotland to view salmon leaping upstream. With a restaurant and gift shop, forest trails, mini golf, and children’s playpark. Free admission and parking.
Follow the winding road up through Achany Glen, alongside the meandering River Shin to an opening in the pine forest where the majestic Atlantic salmon leap up the thundering falls in a valiant attempt to get back up stream.
Every year throughout the summer, the fish return from the open ocean, swimming up the Dornoch Firth and the Kyle of Sutherland to try to reach further up the River Shin to where they were spawned. However, before they reach their destination they must pass the powerful torrent of water at the Falls.
Standing on the viewing platform you can watch the salmon as they try to leap clear of the water. Some manage to pass on their first attempt while others have to jump again and again. From the platform there are also fine views both up and down the River Shin, a popular fishing destination in the North of Scotland. (The best time to spot the salmon is between May – September.)
Explore the Forest Trails
In the surrounding woodland, walking routes have been created by Forestry Commission Scotland. Whether you prefer a vigorous walk or a more relaxing stroll to spot the local wildlife – there are four different paths to occupy any preference. Some of the trails have games to keep the children amused too! There is also a Children’s Playpark and Mini Golf.
Restaurant & Gift Shop
The Restaurant & Gift Shop is operated by Mac & Wild.
With two restaurants in London, founders Andy Waugh and Calum Mackinnon took Mac & Wild back to its Highland roots by opening their third restaurant at the Falls of Shin in June 2018. Mac and Wild showcases the best of Scottish produce and serves meat sourced by Andy’s family’s business, Ardgay Game, which is located just six miles away from Falls of Shin.
Events and activities are held throughout the year
Please see the Facebook page for regular updates. www.facebook.com/FallsofShin/
Well behaved dogs are welcome!