The Tay is one of the three classic salmon
rivers of Scotland and boasts the UK record
fish of 63¼ lb. Tributaries of
the Tay rise in the near the west coast
and flow eastwards into the loch.Loch
Tay is one of the largest expanses
of water in Scotland and extends 14 miles
to the village of Kenmore where the Tay
proper starts. This picturesque village,
is located in the upper catchment where
the Tay proper flows out of the loch.
The river runs through the Taymouth
Castle Estate. This was once the residence
of Lord Breadalbane. Today much of the
estate is devoted to a mature 18 hole
golf course set beautiful parkland through
which the river flows. The Tay is joined
below this estate by the River Lyon a
true spate river. The river becomes much
wider and wilder.
The town of Aberfeldy is the next port
of call. Here the water is controlled
by the local residents so visitors permits
are easy to come by for trout and coarse
The village of Grandtully (pronounced
Grantly) is the next population centre.
It is also famous for its falls, which
have become very popular with canoeists
and rafters - some say to the detriment
of anglers. In reality there is little
friction. Rafters are generally well
behaved and stay clear of anglers.
At Ballinluig the River is
joined by the River Tummel. From this point down the River is very large and
even a good caster won't reach the far bank.