The Falls Of Acharn, Kenmore
Photographer: Wilson, George Washington
Medium: Photographic print
"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