You might have heard of man-made lakes such as the Lake Zakher in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates, as well as the Dhebar Lake in India. But have you ever heard of a man-made waterfall? If you haven’t, then this will be the first time you hear of one. These are the Falls of Shin, a waterfall located on the River Shin, near the villages of Bonar Bridge and Lairg, Scotland.
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They were designed when the area was dynamited to improve access during the summer months for spawning salmon returning from the ocean. There is a viewing platform at the side of the river, which is a great place to watch salmon leap past the rapids.
The nearby visitor center has a wealth of information about the life cycle of salmon and what makes these fish so special. It provides an interesting read for visitors before venturing to the falls.
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