United Kingdom

Waterfalls in the United Kingdom: Wales, Scotland, England and Northern IrelandThe United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is a big country, with many waterfall, containing the regions (countries) Wales, Scotland, England and Northern Ireland.

Most of the major waterfalls can be found in mountainous area’s. Scotland and Wales are the most mountainous parts of the United Kingdom. A ridge of hills, the Pennine, runs down the centre of northern England. The highest mountain is located in Scotland (1.344 meters) and is Benn Nevis, a region with the tallest waterfalls in Scotland. Mountains in Wales are less high but still three mountaintops are over a thousand meters.


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Map of waterfalls in the UK



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Best rated waterfalls in the UK


Name Region Locations Height Rating #
Talisker bay waterfall Scotland Isle of Sky 130 m
3.5
Ingleton waterfalls England Ingleton (Yorkshire Dales national park) 4 m
3
St Nectans waterfall England Trethevy, Tintagel 18 m
3
Stanley Ghyll Force England Beckfoot, Eksdale 18 m
3
Eas Mor waterfall Scotland Glen Brittle-Isle of Skye 40 m
3
Falls of Glomach Scotland Ross-shire, Kyle of Lochalsh-Highlands 113 m
3
Grey Mare Waterfall Scotland Birkhill-Moffat (Grey Mares Tail nature reserve) 60 m
3
Mealt falls Scotland Ellishadder-Isle of Skye 55 m
3
Measach falls Scotland Braemore-Ullapool 46 m
3
Aber falls Wales Abergwyngregyn, Gwynedd 37 m
3
Pistyll Rhaeadr waterfall Wales Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant/Powys 73 m
3
Sgwd Isaf Clun-gwyn Wales Ystradfellte-Pontneddfechan 30 m
3
Sgwd yr Pannwr Wales Ystradfellte-Pontneddfechan 8 m
3
Sgwd-yr-Eira Wales Ystradfellte-Pontneddfechan 10 m
3
Plodda falls Scotland Glen Affric/Tomich-Inverness 50 m
3
Falling Foss waterfall England Littlebeck-Whitby (North Yorkshire) 10 m
2.5
Hardraw force England Hardraw-Yorkshire 30 m
2.5
Scale force England Buttermere-Cumbria 50 m
2.5
Spout Force England High Lorton 10-12 m
2.5
Fairy pools Scotland Glennbrittle-Isle of Skye 2 m
2.5
Eas a’ Chual Aluinn Scotland Kylesku/ Unapool (Higlands) 201 m
2.5
Falls of Falloch Scotland Crianlarich-Stirling 5 m
2.5
Falls of Foyers Scotland Foyers, Loch Ness 62 m
2.5
Glenashdale waterfall Scotland Whiting Bay (Isle of Arran) 42 m
2.5
Falls of Kirkaig Scotland Inverkirkaig-Lochinver-Ullapool 18 m
2.5
Lealt Waterfall Scotland Isle of Skye 90 m
2.5
Loup of Fintry Scotland Fintry-Stirling area 28 m
2.5
Reekie Linn Scotland Kirriemuir 24 m
2.5
Steall falls Scotland Glen Nevis-Fort William 120 m
2.5
Tavool falls Scotland Tiroran, Isle of Mull 5 m
2.5
Henrhyd waterfall Wales Coelbren-Glynneath/Abercrave 27 m
2.5
Melincourt Waterfall Wales Melincourt, Neath-Swansea 24 m
2.5
Mynach falls Wales Devil's Bridge-Ceredigion 90 m
2.5
Pistyll Cain Wales Ganllwyd, Coed y Brenin 20 m
2.5
Rhaeadr Mawddach Wales Coed y Brenin 25 m
2.5
Rhaeadr y Graig Lwyd Wales Betws-y-Coed 10-15 m
2.5
Rhaedr Ddu Wales Ganllwyd 18 m
2.5
Sgwd Gwladys Wales Pontneddfechan 7 m
2.5
Swallow falls Wales Betws-y-Coed 9 m
2.5
Eas Dubh a’ Ghlinge Ghairbh Scotland Gruinard bay-Mungasdale/Ullapool 10 m
2.5
Glenariff waterfalls North Ireland Ballymena-Waterfoot 8 m
2.5
Glencoe falls Scotland Glencoe 4-7 m
2.5
Guisachan fall Scotland Glen Affric-Inverness 5 m
2.5
Gordale Scar waterfall England Malham 7-40 m
2.5
High Force England Middleton-in-Teesdale 22 m
2.5
Aira force England Ullswater-Pennrith-Cumbria 21 m
2
Aysgarth falls England Aysgarth-Wensleydale 4 m
2
Canonteign falls England Lower Ashton/Trusham-Exeter 66 m
2
Cauldron Snout England Durham_Teesdale 61 m
2
Mallyan Spout England Goathland/North Yorkshire 21 m
2
Stock Ghyll Force England Ambleside-Ullswater/Cumbria 21 m
2
Alva glenn waterfalls Scotland Alva-Stirling 4 m
2
Ardessie falls Scotland Dundonnel-An Teallach 12 m
2
Blarghour falls Scotland Blarghour-Ardchonnell-Loch Awe 27 m
2
Bracklinn falls Scotland Callander-Stirling 12 m
2
Falls of Bruar Scotland Blair Atholl-Pitlochry, Perth and Kinross, 61 m
2
Cauldron Linn Scotland Powmill-Stirling 12 m
2
Falls of Clyde Scotland New Lanark/South of Glasgow 3 m
2
Divach falls Scotland Loch Ness-Drumnadrochit 30 m
2
Dollar Glen waterfalls Scotland Dollar-Stirling 5 m
2
Rogie falls Scotland Contin, Inverness 6 m
2
Wolfcleuch waterfall Scotland Craik forest, Hawick 12 m
2
Dolgoch falls Wales Dolgoch-Tywyn(Snowdonia) 20 m
2
Pistyll-y-Llyn Wales Powys-Denbighshire 91 m
2
Sgwd Clun Gwyn Wales Ystradfellte-Pontneddfechan 9 m
2
Devil’s Appendix waterfall Wales Cwm Idwal-Pont Pen-y-benglog (Snowdonia) 93 m
2
Maesglase waterfall Wales Mawddwy 180 m
2
Dog falls Scotland Glen Affric-Inverness 3 m
2
Janet’s Foss England Malham 6 m
2
Colwith Force England Ambleside-Skelwith Bridge (Cumbria) 12 m
1.5
Richmond falls England Richmond-Yorkshire 2-5 m
1.5
Taylor Gill Force England Borrowdale-Keswick (Cumbria) 42 m
1.5
Buchan Burn falls Scotland Glen Trool 5 m
1.5
Eas an t Strutha Ghil Scotland Kylesku/Unapool (Higlands) 290 m
1.5
Flowerdale waterfall Scotland Charlesrtown-Gairloch 40 m
1.5
Falls of Garbh Allt Scotland Ballochbuie Forest-Braemar 5 m
1.5
Kinloch Rannoch waterfall Scotland Kinloch Rannoch 10 m
1.5
Falls of Shinn Scotland Inveran, Lairg 2 m
1.5
Victoria falls Scotland Slattadale 2-5 m
1.5
Cautley Spout England Sedbergh (Cumbria) 198 m
1.5
Lodore falls England Derwentwater-Borrowdale (Cumbria) 28 m
1
Allt Beochlich falls Scotland Barr-Beithe/Dalmally Argyll 4 m
1
Aberdulais waterfall Wales Aberdulais 4 m
1
Arfon Maesgwm waterfall Wales Dolwyddelan-Moelwyn Mawr 70 m
1

Most likely the highest waterfalls of the United Kingdom should be in Scotland because there are the highest mountains. And that is wright: the highest waterfall of the United Kingdom is located in Scotland and is probably Eas an t Strutha Ghil waterfall with a total height of 290 meters. Often Eas a’ Chual Aluinn waterfall is mentioned as the highest waterfall of Scotland, but Eas a’ Chual Aluinn is 200 meters high. Both waterfalls are official named waterfalls (on maps) and are located opposite of each other.

The highest waterfall in Wales is probably Maesglase waterfall, near Mawddwy, with a total height of 160 meters. Often Pistyll-y-Llyn is mentioned as the highest waterfall in Wales with a single drop of 91 meters and a total height of 160 meters. The most beautiful waterfalls in Wales can be found in Snowdonia National Park.

The highest peaks in England are situated in Lake district national park in the northwest of England. Highest peak is the Scafell Pike with a height of 978 meters.
The highest waterfall in England is probably Cautley spout with a total height of 198 meters.

Northern Ireland is maybe not the mountainous are of the United Kingdom, but still there are mountain peaks of 650-800 meters.

Most of the United Kingdom is made up of gently rolling hills with isolated areas of high ground such as Dartmoor in the south-west of England or the Mourne Mountains in Northern Ireland.


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Biggest waterfalls by volume in the UK


The biggest waterfall in the UK by volume is more difficult to determine. At the moment it needs more research to find out which waterfalls are powerful enough to be called one of the biggest waterfalls in the UK.


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Highest waterfalls in the UK


  1. Eas an t Strutha Ghil  (290 meter) – Scotland
  2. Eas a’ Chual Aluinn (201 meter) – Scotland
  3. Cautley Spout (198 meter) – England (Cumbria)

Always hard to say what is the highest waterfall. Where does the waterfall start or end, must the waterfall flow the whole year around? There is one thing for sure, the highest waterfall of the UK is located in Scotland. There is a waterfall called Eas an t Strutha Ghil with a total height of 290 meter. It isn’t a very impressive waterfall and has most of the time a low volume. On the opposite of the valley there is another waterfall, known on the Internet, as highest waterfall of the UK and that is Eas a’ Chual Aluinn with a height of 201 meter. A good number three highest waterfall in the UK is Cautley Spout, a waterfall in Cumbria (England) that cascades down the mountain over 198 meter.
If you think otherwise, please send me an e-mail.


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Most beautiful waterfalls in the UK


I know this is subject to a private opinion but most people will agree that the waterfalls I rated high (beautiful waterfalls) certainly are in a way beautiful. I have one waterfall rated higher than other and that is the Talisker bay waterfall on the Isle of Sky (Scotland) with a single drop of 130 meter. The river Allt Mheididh/Loch an Sguirr Mhoir (nice names) drops over a cliff and ends directly in the Atlantic Ocean. A beautiful spectacle of one of the highest waterfalls in the UK.
Another waterfall I like (nearby the Talisker bay waterfall) is a little bit smaller, but so beautiful, Eas Mor waterfall. Also on the Isle of Sky (Scotland) with a single drop of 50 meter.
And a good number three, totally different, are the Ingleton Waterfalls in the Yorkshire Dales (England).


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