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.


European Waterfalls logo def

Map of waterfalls in the UK



European Waterfalls logo def

Best rated waterfalls in the UK


Name Region Locations Height # Rating #
Talisker bay waterfall Scotland Isle of Sky 130 m130
3.5
Eas Mor waterfall Scotland Glen Brittle-Isle of Skye 40 m40
3
Falls of Glomach Scotland Ross-shire, Kyle of Lochalsh-Highlands 113 m113
3
Grey Mare Waterfall Scotland Birkhill-Moffat (Grey Mares Tail nature reserve) 60 m60
3
Mealt falls Scotland Ellishadder-Isle of Skye 55 m55
3
Measach falls Scotland Braemore-Ullapool 46 m46
3
Plodda falls Scotland Glen Affric/Tomich-Inverness 50 m50
3
Fairy pools Scotland Glennbrittle-Isle of Skye 2+7 m2
2.5
Eas a’ Chual Aluinn Scotland Kylesku/ Unapool (Higlands) 201 m201
2.5
Falls of Falloch Scotland Crianlarich-Stirling 5 m5
2.5
Falls of Foyers Scotland Foyers, Loch Ness 62 m62
2.5
Glenashdale waterfall Scotland Whiting Bay (Isle of Arran) 42 m42
2.5
Falls of Kirkaig Scotland Inverkirkaig-Lochinver-Ullapool 18 m18
2.5
Lealt Waterfall Scotland Isle of Skye 90 m90
2.5
Loup of Fintry Scotland Fintry-Stirling area 28 m28
2.5
Reekie Linn Scotland Kirriemuir 24 m24
2.5
Steall falls Scotland Glen Nevis-Fort William 120 m120
2.5
Tavool falls Scotland Tiroran, Isle of Mull 5 m5
2.5
Eas Dubh a’ Ghlinge Ghairbh Scotland Gruinard bay-Mungasdale/Ullapool 10 m10
2.5
Guisachan fall Scotland Glen Affric-Inverness 5 m5
2.5
Glencoe falls Scotland Glencoe 4-7 m4
2.5
Alva glenn waterfalls Scotland Alva-Stirling 4+23 m4
2
Ardessie falls Scotland Dundonnel-An Teallach 12 m12
2
Blarghour falls Scotland Blarghour-Ardchonnell-Loch Awe 27 m27
2
Bracklinn falls Scotland Callander-Stirling 12 m12
2
Falls of Bruar Scotland Blair Atholl-Pitlochry, Perth and Kinross, 61 m61
2
Cauldron Linn Scotland Powmill-Stirling 12 m12
2
Falls of Clyde Scotland New Lanark/South of Glasgow 3+25 m3
2
Divach falls Scotland Loch Ness-Drumnadrochit 30 m30
2
Dollar Glen waterfalls Scotland Dollar-Stirling 5+10 m5
2
Rogie falls Scotland Contin, Inverness 6 m6
2
Wolfcleuch waterfall Scotland Craik forest, Hawick 12 m12
2
Dog falls Scotland Glen Affric-Inverness 3 m3
2
Buchan Burn falls Scotland Glen Trool 5+20 m5
1.5
Eas an t Strutha Ghil Scotland Kylesku/Unapool (Higlands) 290 m290
1.5
Flowerdale waterfall Scotland Charlesrtown-Gairloch 40 m40
1.5
Falls of Garbh Allt Scotland Ballochbuie Forest-Braemar 5 m5
1.5
Kinloch Rannoch waterfall Scotland Kinloch Rannoch 10 m10
1.5
Falls of Shinn Scotland Inveran, Lairg 2 m2
1.5
Victoria falls Scotland Slattadale 2-5 m2
1.5
Allt Beochlich falls Scotland Barr-Beithe/Dalmally Argyll 4 m4
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.


European Waterfalls logo def

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.


European Waterfalls logo def

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.


European Waterfalls logo def

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).


  • Waterfalls per country