Upper Fall of Fyers near Lough Ness, Northern Highlands, Scotland
Artist: Walmsley, Thomas
Medium: Aquatint, coloured
View of the Upper Falls of the Foyers River in Scotland. The river rises to the south of Whitebridge in the Glendoe Forest and flows until it joins Loch Ness. There are two waterfalls on the river the upper one being thirty foot in height, the lower ninety foot. The poet Robert Burns wrote the following poem in 1787 and entitled it ‘The Falls of the Fyers’,
“Among the healthy hills and ragged woods,
The roaring Fyers pours his mossy floods;
Till full he dashes on the rocky mounds,
Where tho’ a shapeless breach, his streams resound.
As high in air and bursting torrents flow,
As deep recoiling surges foam below,
Prone down the rock the whitening sheet descends,
And Echos ‘s ear astonished, rends.
Dim seen, though rising mists and careless show’rs,
the horary cavern, wide surrounding lours:
Still thro’ the gap the struggling river toils,
And still below, the horrid cauldron boils”