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Address: Achany Glen, Lairg IV27 4EE, Scotland
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+44 1863 766554
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The Falls of Shin is such a pleasing place to relax and watch salmon...

The Falls of Shin is such a pleasing place to relax and watch salmon leaping from the dynamic waterfall. The Falls of Shin are spectacular in their own right, but the sight of leaping salmon makes them even more special and something not to be missed. Falls of Shin is recognised as being one of the best places worldwide to watch leaping Atlantic Salmon. The fish can be seen anytime between May and November, with the late summer months making this almost guaranteed.

Following a fire which saw the former building burn to the ground, the Kyle of Sutherland Development Trust, on behalf of the community were successful with a Stage 1 BIG Lottery application and were invited to make a Stage 2 funding application. The design concept of the building, created by CH Architecture, is loosely based on the image of a fish and is made up of a head, body and tail. Each part forms a distinctive function.

We are proud to have a 4* rating on TripAdvisor and another 4* with the Visit Scotland Rating Scheme. Please feel free to leave your own visitor comments!

The centre will feature a 60 seat cosy café, a gift shop with local produce stocked, an exhibition and interpretation area, a children’s play area along with an events plaza. This will all fit into the surroundings of the on-site forest and of course the leaping salmon.

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New Year's Day 2017

Falls impressive but water lowish. Steps slippy with wet leaves. It good hand rails. New facility not yet finished. Looks smaller than pictures!

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Lairg, United Kingdom
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Lairg, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Falls impressive but water lowish. Steps slippy with wet leaves. It good hand rails. New facility not yet finished. Looks smaller than pictures!

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FOS_Officer, General Manager at Falls of Shin, responded to this review

Hello pennybrowning thanks for taking the time to leave a review, we are on track to open the new facility in Spring 2017. It can be deceving going from picture to the actualy thing, we hope to welcome you again soon. Regards Valerie Valerie Houston Implemantation Manager More 

Montrose, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Weather was wet bit enjoyed the big walk. A few basic games to play . Worth a stop off . Happy times

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Caithness and Sutherland, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Arriving at the Falls of Shin I'm happy to say there is a large car park and it is free and directly opposite the Falls. You will need good walking shoes because there is a soil path which slopes down although there is a hand rail. Keep warm. It may be summer but you will find that it can be... More 

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Thank Viv C
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

This is the best venue to see Atlantic salmon leaping the falls. There are viewing platforms above the river and you will experience the thrill of watching the fish make their way up the torrent of water created by the falls of shin. The best time to visit is autumn when large numbers of salmon are returning to the River... More 

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Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

After reading about it in the Lonely Planet and after my B&B host recommended going to the Falls of Shin as well I kind of expected a bit more. The falls are ok, definitely something you can do if you're in the area but they are not a must-do.

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FOS_Officer, General Manager at Falls of Shin, responded to this review

Hello carina1122 thank you for taking the time to leave a review. As you may have seen the site adjacent to the falls is being developed at the moment and set to open in Spring. The project is working closely with key Stakeholders such as Forestry Commission Scotland to install new signange and interpretation, along with an events calendar. We... More 

South Shields, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

As we were staying in the area we thought we should take a look. The falls are down a single track road with passing places. Parking is just across the road to the path down. It's part slope and part steps down, but I believe there is a slope only down as well. We didn't see any leaping salmon, others... More 

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Kincardine, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

This is a lovely romantic place and very unspoilt and not too busy. Great for a romantic hack. Its not crowded and is very picturesque.

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Buckie
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Beautiful place. Great journey to it as well especially if you take road that goes over the Struie.Pity about the visitors centre but will be great when the new one is finished.

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Carlisle, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

The Falls themselves are a sure bet for seeing leaping salmon and the surrounding woods have lovely way marked walks. The visitor centre is currently being rebuilt as a local community project and promises to be visually interesting. Good luck for the future!

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Bathgate, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

Easy to find and not to many steps to get down but be carefull to check out when is the best time to watch the salmon. Been looking for a couple of years now and still no sign. I think they jump earlier than the articles say as the locals all reccomend earlier in the summer, not the autumn?

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