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Photographer: Brian Horisk/AdventureArt, Fife, Scotland

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The Hermitage (Ossian's Hall) is situated in 33 acres of conifer and deciduous woodlands. One of Britain's tallest Douglas fir trees is located here as is the amazing folly which overlooks the Black Linn waterfall. Two parallel paths lead from the car park; the one on the right is the more accessible, whereas the one on the left is closer to the river. This is a short trail with a gradual uphill. The left hand path is slightly uneven in places so visitors with limited mobility may require assistance. The Hermitage can be found on OS Ref: NN008417

Surveyed by: Joe Penfold, February 2012 (Winter)
Accessibility Rating: 3More Information
Distance: 0.6 km

Public Transport: No
Car Park: Yes
Steps: No
Barriers: No
Toilets: No

Full Profile

The Hermitage is located just to the west of the A9. It sits on the banks of the River Braan in Craigvinean Forest.

Direction The Hermitage is located just to the west of the A9. It sits on the banks of the River Braan in Craigvinean Forest.

Go straight on to the main car park.Wheelchairs users are accommodated via a pass-for-all route.

Direction Go straight on to the main car park.Wheelchairs users are accommodated via a pass-for-all route.

Parking costs £2 per visit.

CarPark Parking costs £2 per visit.

An information board is located in the car park

Information An information board is located in the car park

 

Information

Five picnic benches are located in the car park.

Seat Five picnic benches are located in the car park.

A minor step level rise occured at the start of the trail.

Step A minor step level rise occured at the start of the trail.

Go through the tunnel and follow the path with the river on your left hand side.

Start Go through the tunnel and follow the path with the river on your left hand side.

 

Path

There is a moderate cross-slope at the start of the trail. This may cause wheelchair users some difficulty.

Gradient There is a moderate cross-slope at the start of the trail. This may cause wheelchair users some difficulty.

There is also a gradual uphill gradient of 7%

Gradient There is also a gradual uphill gradient of 7%

 

Path

The path surface is uneven in places.

Surface The path surface is uneven in places.

Snowdrops were coming into flower during the visit.

Wildlife Snowdrops were coming into flower during the visit.

At around 200m two path converge. The other path also originates from the car park, making this an option for the return leg. The parallel path is wider and more accessible.

Path At around 200m two path converge. The other path also originates from the car park, making this an option for the return leg. The parallel path is wider and more accessible.

A bench is situated over unsurfaced ground.

Seat A bench is situated over unsurfaced ground.

There are several Douglas Fir trees in the grounds.

Wildlife There are several Douglas Fir trees in the grounds.

The main path is between 2-2.5m wide.

Width The main path is between 2-2.5m wide.

Boulders on the path provide an opportunity to rest.

Seat Boulders on the path provide an opportunity to rest.

Boulders on the path provide an opportunity to rest.

Seat Boulders on the path provide an opportunity to rest.

The gradient increases to 10% over a relatively short distance.

Gradient The gradient increases to 10% over a relatively short distance.

 

Path

The gradient increases to 14%.

Gradient The gradient increases to 14%.

 Ossian's Hall of Mirrors is a Georgian Folly that was built in the 18th century to honour the blind bard Ossian.

Feature of Interest Ossian's Hall of Mirrors is a Georgian Folly that was built in the 18th century to honour the blind bard Ossian.

The doors into Ossian's Hall are rather heavy.

Barrier The doors into Ossian's Hall are rather heavy.

 

Information

There is no significant width restriction for wheelchair users.

Width There is no significant width restriction for wheelchair users.

The viewpoint is accessed through these glass doors.

Shelter The viewpoint is accessed through these glass doors.

The glass door is rather heavy to operate. Wheelchair users may require assistance.

Barrier The glass door is rather heavy to operate. Wheelchair users may require assistance.

View of the Black Linn Falls, as seen from the viewpoint.

Viewing Platform View of the Black Linn Falls, as seen from the viewpoint.

Hermitage Phototrail

 

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