Located on the Trotternish peninsula, which is in the north of the Isle of Skye, the Mealt Falls plunges almost sixty metres off the sea cliffs into the the Sound of Raasay. The waterfall is fed by the nearby Mealt Loch, which ensures a fairly reliable flow of water. It’s one of a very small number of waterfalls that drop directly into the ocean (also called a tidefall) – the only one in Scotland and one of about ten in Europe. A viewing platform near the carpark provides a vantage point of the waterfall and the cliffs stretching along the coast. The cliffs are called Kilt Rock (Creag an Fheilidh in Gaellic), as the basalt columns looked like a pleated kilt.
On very windy days when the is blowing towards the coast, the waterfall can be blown back up over the cliff. Strong winds also bring a “beautiful yet haunting tone”, which is a result of holes in the fencing, which allow wind into the piping.
More information on Mealt Falls
- The National – Mealt Falls on the Isle of Skye blown back up cliffs by high winds
- Wikipedia – List of waterfalls that empty into an ocean
- World of Waterfalls – Mealt Falls and Kilt Rock