The River Dochart travels in a roughly easterly direction from Loch Dochart near Crianlarich along Glen Dochart to Killin before flowing into Loch Tay. The waters of the loch emerge at the far end as the River Tay so it is arguable that the River Dochart forms a western extension of Scotland's longest river.
As it approaches Killin, the bed of the River Dochart broadens out at the same time as its gradient steepens. This results in the spectacular Falls of Dochart, one of Scotland's more impressive, and certainly one of its most easily accessible, waterfalls. Perhaps the most striking thing about the falls are their extreme variability. The waters that flow through the river drain an area to the west that includes the eastern side of Ben Lui and the northern side of Ben More, and the falls themselves can vary from a flow so low it can be hard to spot amongst the many rocks of the river bed, to a raging torrent that completely covers most of those rocks.
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