Cora Linn in full spate
Cora Linn in full spate

This is  the 90-ft drop of Cora Linn, immortalised as “the Clyde’s most majestic daughter” by William Wordsworth.   I have unfortunately been unable to track down the poem in which he said this.

He was visiting Lanark with his sister Dorothy and Samuel Taylor Coleridge.  Extracts from Dorothy’s journal suggest that Coleridge may have given more than a helping hand to Wordsworth’s attribution.

Cora Linn is the largest of 4 waterfalls, collectively known as The Falls of Clyde.  Contemporary audiences may view them as Wordsworth did, in full spate, only on allocated days of the year.  The needs of the Bonnington hydroelectric powerstation (the first in Scotland) takes precedence on others.  Well worth a trip if you’re in the area and as you are, virtually at least, here’s Bonnington Linn, in full spate also.

Bonnington Linn in full spate
Bonnington Linn in full spate
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