On this 7 kilometre trail that once reminded the late nineteenth-century British travellers of home, you can make your way to the beautiful Caledonia Falls, found just above the village of Platres in the Troodos Mountains.
Caledonia was the Latin name given to Scotland by the Romans long before it was made the name of this trail that winds through a verdant forest, with a clear, cool river that makes its way down from the majestic falls.
The water falls into a small pool from a twelve-metre height, and the trail can be followed from a parking area near the ‘Psilo Dendro’ trout farm in Platres.
The trail leading to the waterfall isn’t considered strenuous, but hikers should know that it is an uphill walk right up until you reach the Caledonia Falls. There are a number of rest points along the trail where visitors can stop and take in the calming sounds of the river flowing through the lush forest.
Unlike many rivers in Cyprus whose flows depend on the winter rains, this river (as well as its waterfall) can also be enjoyed during the heat of the summer months.
Various lush plants and wildlife surround the trail which is also referred to as the ‘Trail of Nightingales’, including smooth-barked strawberry trees, the rock rose, and black poplars. A variety of birds also appear along the trail, including nightingales and the migratory barn swallow which comes to the island in spring.