The battles between English and Jacobite have an aspect of lore in the telling, and Soldier's Leap does make one wonder about the myth arising from battle...
At the Battle of Killiecrankie in 1689, the Jacobites surprised the English by storming them. Having no where to run, but down into the gorge, it is said that a desperate Redcoat jumped the River Garry.
As I looked over the edge of Soldier's Leap, I felt the fear that must have been ever present and would driven a man to leap 5,5 metres over the River Garry.
The rock from which Donald McBane leapt
I have visited a few places of battle, but it is the walk to Soldier's Leap that has been the most beautiful.
Where did I go?
Please check opening times if you wish to visit the historical centre. Many places in Scotland close from January to March. The walks are still open and they are regularly maintained.