The River Braan begins its
journey as the river Quaich on the mountains
to the south of Loch Tay. It flows in a south
easterly direction to Loch Freuchie. This
is a broad shallow loch in a wide high glen.
From here the Braan proper runs for 10 miles
towards Dunkeld. Just before joining the main
river the Braan drops over the Hermitage Falls.
There are two considerable descents
which makes the upstream passage of migratory
fish impossible. The Scottish Office has undertaken
a wide variety of salmon studies on the Braan,
by stocking out with fed and unfed fry. This allows
scientists to study the fish in an "uncontaminated"
environment. They have also studied the passage
of salmon smolts over the falls and found that
a surprising number actually survive a 20m fall!.
Since adult salmon are absent,
this area is of special interest to the trout
angler. The country is often wild and untouched
and the fishing exceptional.