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The Falls of Dochart

The Falls of Dochart at Killin

IT CERTAINLY knows how to rain in Scotland. It can be pouring. Bucketing. Pelting. Raining cats and dogs (why them, I wonder?). Coming down in sheets. Weather for ducks. Soaking. Stoting. Chucking it down (who is?!). In loods. Well-drookit. Spiting. A smirr. A drizzle. Or simply dreich. They say the Inuit have dozens of words for snow - but it wouldn’t surprise me if we have more words than that for rain!

On the other hand, take a trip out on a wet day and you’ll be rewarded with some astonishing sights. Recently we drove up to Killin and watched the fast-lowing waters of the River Dochart race down the broad river channel to narrow thunderously below the bridge. And there were plenty of others out doing just the same.

Water can be very powerful and very impressive. Fast lowing water can be dangerous and needs to be treated with respect. But it’s not hard to understand why writers, artists and poets have all found inspiration in its ceaseless motion. And water has long been important in myth and legend. In times past the Dochart’s turbulent waters gained it the name of the ‘Scourer of Evil’!

The Greek philosopher Heraclitus (c.537-c.475 BC) once famously said, “You can never step in the same river twice.” For me, that conjures up a striking image, one that mirrors the idea at the heart of his doctrine. For Heraclitus believed the very essence of the universe is change. Everything changes. Nothing stands still. Everything lows. Everything is in a state of lux.

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Welcome to the new scrumdiddlyumptious issue of the award winning iScot Magazine number 54 The front cover artwork is designed by Stewart Kerr Brown and represents our maybe new Prime Minister of Boris Johnson pictured as John Bull with a hint of Pennywise from IT by Stephen King . We’re screwed tbh.