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Falls of Shin

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Achany Glen, Lairg IV27 4EE, Scotland
+44 1549 402888
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Lovely to see the new visitor centre open

This was our first visit since the new visitor centre opened - and what a little gem it is. The... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Tina M
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Orkney Islands, United Kingdom
Best Carrot Cake I've ever had

My family and I visited Shin falls whilst I was home for the weekend. Although being quite far away... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
JessC1996
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Inverness, United Kingdom
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The Falls of Shin is such a pleasing place to relax and watch salmon leaping from the dynamic waterfall. The Falls of Shin are spectacular in their own right, but the sight of leaping salmon makes them even more special and something not to be missed. Falls of Shin is recognised as being one of the best places worldwide to watch leaping Atlantic Salmon. The fish can be seen anytime between May and November, with the late summer months making this almost guaranteed. Following a fire which saw the former building burn to the ground, the Kyle of Sutherland Development Trust, on behalf of the community were successful with a Stage 1 BIG Lottery application and were invited to make a Stage 2 funding application. The design concept of the building, created by CH Architecture, is loosely based on the image of a fish and is made up of a head, body and tail. Each part forms a distinctive function. We are proud to have a 4* rating on TripAdvisor and another 4* with the Visit Scotland Rating Scheme. Please feel free to leave your own visitor comments! The centre will feature a 60 seat cosy café, a gift shop with local produce stocked, an exhibition and interpretation area, a children’s play area along with an events plaza. This will all fit into the surroundings of the on-site forest and of course the leaping salmon.
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Achany Glen, Lairg IV27 4EE, Scotland
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was our first visit since the new visitor centre opened - and what a little gem it is. The food was lovely and there was a lot of it. We had sandwiches and paninis that came with tasty salad and homemade coleslaw. And lots...More

Thank Tina M
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

My family and I visited Shin falls whilst I was home for the weekend. Although being quite far away from Inverness still, it's worth the drive for the carrot cake alone! It's a shame that we didn't come in the summer as it was absolutely...More

Thank JessC1996
Reviewed 3 November 2017

Drove from Muir Of Ord to see the salmon jumping, and weren't disappointed. Saw loads of fish jumping at the viewing point - one of natures finest sights. Onto the Cafe - it was spotless, modern, and the food was fantastic. I had a BLT...More

Thank Dan H
Experience_Officer, Manager at Falls of Shin, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Hi Dan H, Many Thanks for taking the time to leave us your feedback. We are delighted to hear you had such a good time on site and found everything to your satisfaction. We agree that the food provided by Catering 1864 is absolutely fantastic...More

Reviewed 3 November 2017

this was our first time we had visited since new centre was opened, our last visit was 12 years ago .the falls were in full flow the best i have seen them. it can be awkward to get down to the fall if you are...More

1  Thank andrew m
Experience_Officer, Manager at Falls of Shin, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Hi andrew m, Many Thanks for taking the time to leave us your feedback. We are delighted to hear you had such a good time on site and found everything to your satisfaction. Its good to hear that you also managed to see the Falls...More

Reviewed 1 November 2017

we have been here many times over the years, its very nice and clean but found the new centre disappointing its now like a seaside café with a trinket shop, we found the staff very nice and helpful but the place itself very stark and...More

Thank peter d
Reviewed 31 October 2017

We came to see the salmon leap and we were lucky to see 20+ of them trying over a couple of hours. It was the best part of our trip. The area is beautiful and clean and there is ample space in the car park....More

Thank holidaylover8
Experience_Officer, Manager at Falls of Shin, responded to this reviewResponded 2 November 2017

Hello holidaylover8, Many Thanks for taking the time to leave your feedback for us. We are delighted to read your positive comments and this will certainly be passed on to our team. We hope you will visit us again and have a similarly enjoyable experience....More

Reviewed 28 October 2017

We visited the Falls of Shin to see the Salmon leap. We went down to the view deck near the river where we were supposed to see salmon jumping upstream. We stayed about 15 minutes. Our guide saw one. He is from the area and...More

Thank GreenThumb331
Reviewed 25 October 2017

The Shin Falls is, and has always been a magnificent place and the viewing platforms are well maintained. Sadly it is only this that is preventing me from giving this place a "terrible" rather than just a "poor" I last visited here in the days...More

Thank George R
Reviewed 20 October 2017

I was very pleased that the Falls of Shin Visitor Centre is now open again. On reading it was a community venture and being up here on holiday ,decided to visit and renew my long held love affair with the Falls of Shin and the...More

Thank Mop55
Experience_Officer, Manager at Falls of Shin, responded to this reviewResponded 27 October 2017

Hello Mop55, Many Thanks for taking the time to review us. Your comments will certainly be taken on board. Our main concern when taking on the project some 3 years ago, was the volume of traffic. When the previous site was commercially-owned, they had the...More

Reviewed 17 October 2017

This was our second visit to the new Shin Falls; we love the new building, the outdoor play area and the walks but unfortunately our experience in the restaurant on both occasions has been disappointing. Our waiter didn't show much interest in taking our order...More

1  Thank Glencoe508
Experience_Officer, Manager at Falls of Shin, responded to this reviewResponded 27 October 2017

Hello Glencoe508, Many thanks for taking the time to review Falls of Shin. We are disappointed to hear of your bad experience in our restaurant. This is not something that we regularly get poor feedback on so I would be interested to hear further on...More

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hedgehog111
11 June 2017|
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Response from glendruidh | Reviewed this property |
Really throughout late Spring and all of Summer and even early Autumn. There's a viewing platform over the falls and its quite exiting watching them fight to get up the falls and reach the spawning grounds. Great place for... More
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STFnyc2013
12 May 2017|
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Response from bannlagan | Reviewed this property |
I am usually lucky any time I am there. The summer months are best but be patient and prepared to spend at least half an hour. Good luck.
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CAROLE C
22 January 2017|
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Response from Experience_Officer | Property representative |
Hello Carole C, you are correct all PR has noted Spring 2017 to date, we are hoping to announce the opening date by the end of February. Thank you for your interest and we look forward to welcoming you to the revived site.
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