Historic Falls Viewpoint Rises Again
The viewpoint has stood sentinel on a natural promontory above the waterfall for over 170 years and allows visitors to enjoy the famous views over the waterfall immortalised in Jacob More’s 1771 painting, Falls of Clyde.
Join local historian and Councillor Ed Archer and Scottish Wildlife Trust staff for a free walk celebrating the restoration of Corra Linn viewpoint which offers the closest and arguably the best vista over the largest waterfall in Britain.
Taking place on Thursday 20 August at 2pm, the walk winds past the restored 19th century viewpoint through the lesser visited part of the Falls of Clyde Reserve - Corehouse Estate and Grounds. Starting and finishing at West Lodge, visitors will be regaled by tales of the Estate’s past and the colourful characters associated with it.
Corra Linn waterfall is often the highlight for tens of thousands of visitors who come to enjoy the breath-taking Falls of Clyde every year, and it has been for writers, artists and dignitaries throughout history including Jacob More, J.M.W. Turner and Sir Walter Scott.
The viewpoint has stood sentinel on a natural promontory above the waterfall for over 170 years after George Cranstoun undertook significant works to enhance the Corehouse Estate and Grounds, which sits on the opposite side of the River Clyde to New Lanark.
“The mortar and stonework had deteriorated and on further recent investigation, sections of supporting stonework were found to be missing, resulting in the viewpoint’s temporary closure,” explains Stephen Blow, Scottish Wildlife Trust Reserve Manager. “Stonemasons Sandy Mclean and Co. were appointed to carry out the restoration and with the work complete, visitors can now access the viewpoint once again.”
The restoration of the viewpoint allows visitors to enjoy the famous views over the waterfall immortalised in Jacob More’s 1771 painting, Falls of Clyde. The work was funded by Heritage Lottery Fund supported Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership and Renewable Energy Fund managed by South Lanarkshire Council.
To celebrate the completion of the project, the Scottish Wildlife Trust and local Councillor and historian Ed Archer, will be leading the free guided walk through part of the Corehouse Estate to visit the restored viewpoint and explore this quieter side of the Wildlife Reserve. Join us on Friday 7 of August at 2pm – free but booking essential. For more details and booking, please visit www.cavlp.eventbrite.co.uk.