Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Falls of Shin

Our visit to the Falls of Shin was something of a highlight for me. The waterfall alone is pretty enough, but it is also one of the best places in Scotland to watch leaping Atlantic salmon. The salmon return upstream to their birthplace to breed and late summer is the best time to see them. It was truly fascinating to watch the salmon leaping up the powerful waterfall. I was amazed by the variation in size of these fish, some of which must have made this journey many times before. Even the little tiddlers were having a good go. Their perseverance was a wonder to behold. The Podlings really enjoyed watching the leaping salmon and I had a job tearing Lily away.

 The visitor centre has a lovely adventure playground next to it. Emma got a little carried away and found herself on top of a piece of apparatus that she couldn't get down from. Daddy had to go up and rescue her. I do sometimes wish that Emma wasn't quite so adventurous!

 Look closely, do you see it...?

 ...a leaping salmon! I can't tell you how thrilled I was to catch this on camera!

Tom and Lily were absolutely fascinated by the leaping salmon.

 The pretty mosaic next to the falls.

Lily (wearing Mark's new hat) with her Daddy.

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