Backwater Reservoir - 4 Things to Know Before Visiting
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About Backwater Reservoir
Backwater Reservoir is a reservoir in north west Angus, Scotland. The project was initiated by the Dundee Corporation Waterworks in 1964 and absorbed into the newly created East of Scotland Water Board in 1968, before final completion and the official opening by Queen Elizabeth II on 9 October 1969. It links with Lintrathen Reservoir, 2½ miles to the south, and supplies water to almost 300,000 people in Dundee, the towns of Angus as well as Coupar Angus, Blairgowrie and the Carse of Gowrie.
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3.92km from Backwater Reservoir
Balintore Castle is an A-listed shooting lodge in a remote highland glen, now undergoing restoration after 50 years of dereliction. This beautiful castle occupies an elevated site in moorland above Balintore village, a few miles north of the Loch of Lintrathen, near Kirriemuir, Angus. A tower house named Balintor existed on the site in the late 16th century, according to Timothy Pont's maps.
Loch of Lintrathen
6.02km from Backwater Reservoir
This stunning inland loch is set among the foothills of the Braes of Angus and close to the fertile farmlands of Strathmore. There’s a nice circular trail running round the water and the opportunity to pick up the long distance Cateran Trail nearby. As well as being recognised as a wetland of international importance under the Ramsar Convention, Loch of Lintrathen has also been designated a Special Protection Area and a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
Reekie Linn Waterfall
6.66km from Backwater Reservoir
Reekie Linn is actually a pair of linked falls on the River Isla, with respective drops of 6m and 18 m. The path to the waterfall passes close to the edge of a steep-sided gorge, and there are sheer drops of 150 feet down to the water below. At the base of the waterfall is a dark cave called Black Dub, where legend has it that an outlaw once hid until the devil appeared before him in the form of a giant black dog.
7.18km from Backwater Reservoir
Auchintaple Loch also known as Auchenchapel Loch, is a small shallow freshwater loch that is located in Glen Isla in Angus, Scotland. The loch is man-made, created by the Victorians so they could go trout fishing. Hidden in the landscape of Glen Isla, the loch measures 1.59km in length.
8.26km from Backwater Reservoir
A beautiful luxury Scottish castle for hire in Angus Scotland, perfectly situated near the Perthshire border for easy access to the Cairngorms. The castle was destroyed in 1640 but has been painstakingly and lovingly restored to become an authentic yet comfortable Scottish castle with modern amenities that can accommodate up to 16 people. It is a Category B historically listed building by Historic Environment Scotland; when listed, it was still a ruin.
8.95km from Backwater Reservoir
Mount Blair is a prominent landmark around Glen Shee and Glen Isla, its gradual dome topped by a transmitter mast. It provides a short and straightfoward hillwalk, with superb summit views. It lies between the valleys of Glen Shee and Glen Isla, north of the town of Blairgowrie. The peak provides a fairly straightforward hillwalking route, with extensive views at the top. Its summit is topped by a transmitter mast.
Discover More Attractions in Angus Council, Home of Backwater Reservoir
Angus is one of the 32 local government council areas of Scotland, a registration county and a lieutenancy area. The council area borders Aberdeenshire, Dundee City and Perth and Kinross. Main industries include agriculture and fishing. Global pharmaceuticals company GSK has a significant presence in Montrose in the north of the county.