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The Falls Of Acharn, Kenmore

The Falls Of Acharn, Kenmore

Photographer: Wilson, George Washington

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1866

Shelfmark: 10370.cc.35

Item number: 12

Length: 9.9

Width: 7.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

"About two miles distant from the village of Kenmore, on the south road, is situated the fine Waterfall of Acharn, which makes first a leap of about 50 feet, then a series of cataracts until it falls into Loch Tay. A pleasant excursion may be made to it from Kenmore, as it is one of the principal objects of interest in the neighbourhood.

A hermitage, with appropriate decorations, has been formed, which commands the best view of the Fall. This, doubtless, is the one alluded to by Burns when he exclaimed in rapturous ecstacy -

'Poetic ardours in my bosom swell,

Lone wand'ring by the Hermit's mossy cell;

The sweeping theatre of hanging woods;

The incessant roar of headlong tumbling floods.

Here poesy might wake her heaven-taught lyre,

And look through nature with creation fire;

Here to the wrongs of fate half reconciled,

Misfortune's lighten'd steps might wander wild;

And disappointment, in these lonely bounds,

Find balm to soothe her bitter rankling wounds;

Here heart-struck grief might heavenward stretch her scan,

And injured worth forget, and pardon man.'"

Descriptive letterpress from the book 'Photographs of English and Scottish Scenery' by G W Wilson

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