RIVER SPEY GUIDE
updated September 2009
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BADENOCH & STRATHSPEY ~ MORAY
ADVISER: Dave Craig, The Beeches, Station Road, Newtonmore.
01540 673826 ~ 07870 338110 ~ firstname.lastname@example.org
GRADE: Grade I/II Rapids (Some Grade III in very higher reaches.)
most popular and ideal river for multi-day descents by canoe.
Limited rafting (almost exclusively Ballindalloch to Knockando/Carron
Excellent salmon fishing, especially middle and lower sections.
Salmon season: 11th Feb ~ 30th Sept. No salmon fishing on Sundays.
Some trout fishing in mainly upper sections.
O.S. Maps: Sheets
35; 36 &28. Also Harveys “Speyside
Way” (Waterproof) Map
ACCESS POINTS: (‘Traditional/recommended’.)
NB ~ The Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 allows for reasonable
and responsible pedestrian/non-motorised craft access, anywhere
along the river, which is not over an area of curtilage (e.g.
a house garden) and causes no damage to property or crops.
Laggan Bridge – (GR.615942)
River right, below road bridge.
Lochain Uvie – (GR.674957)
River left via larger of two lochans. Park in lay-by below
Newtonmore - (GR.709980)
River right, below Speybridge. Vehicular access to left bank
if resident on Speybridge
Campsite. (Avoid unauthorised vehicle/trailer parking at the
private/commercial lorry park at the Chef’s Grill.)
Kingussie - (GR.759997) River right, below bridge to Ruthven
Barracks. (Use gate on upstream side of the road.)
Loch Insh SW – (GR.822043)
Lay-by opposite gate lodge. Access SW corner of Loch Insh
Loch Insh NE- (GR.837045)
Commercial water-sports centre site NE corner of the Loch.
(May be a ‘access/landing charge’.)
Kincraig – (GR.835054)
River right below church. Park in lay-by opposite church.
close the gate.
Aviemore - River left, downstream of both road and foot bridges,
from car park serving the Old Bridge Inn.
Boat of Garten - River left, downstream side of road bridge.
Broomhill Bridge - River left by bridge. Careful, temporary
parking possible, downstream side of bridge.
Grantown on Spey - (GR.028266) River left ~ approx. 450 metres
above main-road bridge (by parking areas).
Cromdale - River right below bridge, by the church.
Dellefure Burn - (GR.085316) - River left. (Limited parking
space by track leading to fishing hut, upstream. Do not block
Advie Bridge - (GR.120354) - River left. Need to park on verge,
~ river-left, by five bar gate.
Deleigh Pool – (GR138353) – 1 Mile downstream
of Advie Bridge. Access via signposted (‘New Access Point’)
track. Follow track, passing maintenance sheds to your right,
until reaching ample parking/turning area by water’s
edge. (NB. No eddies at this point ~ straight on to moving
water, over rocks when low water.)
Pool (++) - (GR 158369) – River
left, where road comes within 10 metres of the river. (Difficult
parking because of boulders placed close to roadside.) This,
along with Ballindalloch (Main Access) listed below continues
to be one of the most frequently used access locations on the
Ballindalloch (Main access) (++) - (GR.167368) - River left,
some 750m downstream of above. Limited parking on left-hand
side of road. Avoid leaving vehicles parked here. Currently
only pedestrian access available towards the field 150 metres
from road, previously available to paddlers. Vehicular access
to be reinstated ASAP. (Carpark development scheduled for late
2009.) Once past gate at roadside, most convenient pedestrian
access is through metal gate on right at bottom of hill. Turn
right through gate instead of left towards the field awaiting
(Also, clear path from small lay-by RHS of road, at a point
almost midway between the above main access points.)
(++) - (GR.169368) - River left below railway bridge, for
possible use by those
camping (river right) at
the small Speyside Way Ballindalloch campsite, by the old station.
(Disused railway line - part of the Speyside Way.) Car parking
available by the campsite via B9137 just off A95 (signposted ‘Cragganmore’).
Ballindalloch Village – (GR.171367)
River right. Accessible immediately before the houses signposted
from the A95. Lay-by on south side of B9137, with footpath
opposite, leading (25m) directly to the riverside.
Blacksboat Bridge (++) – River left just upstream of
bridge. (Good for paddlers who propose to camp at the old
Blacksboat Railway Station and wish to leave their boats
under the bridge.)
~ Easy, quick cycle
access along the Speyside Way from Knockando for those prepared
to ‘shuttle-transport’ by
bike to the above indicated (++) access points. (Possible
accesses/egresses down as far as Craigellachie.)
Knockando - (GR.190416) - River left below Tamdhu distillery.
Ample vehicle parking by the old station.
Do not block pedestrian/emergency and maintenance access to
Speyside Way – leading to or between the platforms.
Carron – River
left by road bridge. Careful temporary parking possible (river
left) in passing
place. (For parking
whilst on the river please use car-park in Carron village ~
approx 400m NW of bridge or shuttle to planned egress.) Access
to river via small path, immediate on right just after entering
the estate track, on downstream side of bridge.
Aberlour - River right on the grassy bank upstream of the
Victoria foot-bridge. Ideally, water conditions allowing, within
an area 20 to 30 metres above the bridge. Can be difficult
to moor or lift boats from water without damage, because of
large sharp rocks placed to support the bank.
Craigellachie (1) – Ideal
access, river right, sandy beach, below the Telford bridge.
but ample car park adjacent.
Craigellachie (2) – If using the Boat o’Fiddich
Park campsite – right bank by small black fishing hut,
some 500 metres below the road bridge, and approx. 300m above
the confluence of the Fiddich Water. Park boats within the ‘L-shaped’ fenced
area, approx. 25metres north of the fishing hut. On leaving
this location endeavour to stay river-right until the next
rapid. (Avoid using the ‘anglers’ litter-bin by
the fishing shelter.)
Boat o’ Brig – River
left above or below bridge. Access via track leading past
building. There is
also a small Speyside Way car-park right bank between the bridges.
Access to river possible here river right but difficult because
of dumpling of large boulders from railway maintenance works.
Fochabers - River right below road bridge. Track access from
a sizeable parking lay-by situated on the river side of the
Spey Bay road (B9104) just off the A98.
Spey Bay - River right adjacent to buildings and vehicle parking
At all times whilst enjoying the beauty and majesty of this
wonderful river, please in return ~
Park, launch and land with care and consideration at all locations.
Respect the activities
of other river users. By the same token, expect they will
in turn respect
your responsible use of the
river and its surroundings. Follow the ‘Paddlers’ Access
Use a whistle to attract attention when approaching anglers
~ who, in many cases, may be facing downstream in a area of
noisy water, unaware of your impending approach.
Be prepared to identify yourself /organisation if reasonably
requested by any fellow river user. It is ideal, although in
no way mandatory, if organisations can clearly display a logo
or name of organisation on their boats.
Leave absolutely no litter. If you brought it in, then please,
you take it out. (And, if at all practical, please remove any
litter left by other previous less caring, less responsible
If ‘wild toileting’, please do so out of site,
at least 30 metres away from the river, with utmost of consideration
for others and the environment. Definitive guidance is contained
within the SCA website, under Access & Environment/Environmental
Guidelines/Human sanitation at ~ http://www.canoescotland.com/Default.aspx?tabid=563.
Remote or ‘Wild-camping’ as documented within
and in the spirit of the Land Reform Act should only be in
wild/remote places ~ discrete and well away from roads and
habitation. Pitching tents close to a road (e.g. by Cromdale
Bridge) does not constitute ‘wild-camping’, thus
not subject to ‘rights’ within the Act.
On departure from any camp-site no evidence should remain
of your being there. Perhaps only the odd temporarily flattened
blade of grass. Definitive guidance is contained within the
SCA website at ~ http://www.canoescotland.com/Default.aspx?tabid=621
Fires can be lit but only in a safe location, well away from
trees and other flammable vegetation or structures, ideally
on a stone/shingle base (dry river-bed ideal or by carefully
lifting and later replacing turf or other vegetation). Once
extinguished, no evidence of the fire should remain.
For detailed information on Outdoor Access in Scotland visit
A version of this Guide is available on-line ~ www.speyguide.co.uk
Well know for its ‘Classic Descents’ this
is a major river that can usually be relied upon to give
water levels at all seasons. Probably one of the most beautiful
rivers in Britain, flowing past the Cairngorms, through Badenoch
and Strathspey and into the Moray Firth at Spey Bay. Whilst,
before venturing on to the Spey unguided one should be a proficient
paddler, there are very few highly technical rapids on the
river. On sections downstream of Grantown-on-Spey there is
a good number of entertaining Grade II rapids.
Truly a ‘water-path’, this river is navigable
for most of its length ~ from source at Loch Spey (where the
Spey shares its water shed with the turbulent River Roy). A
major hazard occurring above Laggan Bridge is the Spey Dam,
which like the River Roy steals the Spey's waters and takes
them westward (to help power an aluminium smelter). However,
good water-levels and much portage are required to make the
very highest reaches navigable. Approx 1km upstream of Garva
Bridge is a short Grade III rapid requiring care and at Garva
Bridge the rapid is impassable in low water conditions and
Grade III standard if ‘navigable’. Although Laggan
Bridge is a fairly good access point, Newtonmore is normally
recognised as the highest reasonable starting place unless
river is fairly high. Roads run close to the river throughout
In addition to that
contained within the Scottish Land Reform Act, which allows
pedestrian; cycle; horse
and non-motorised boat access, there is a public right of navigation
on the River Spey. ‘Navigation’ extends to movement
over the water ~ up, down and across stream. However, obviously
it is imperative that there is mutual respect and co-operation
between all water users. In recent years substantial bridges
have been built through constructive communication between
the paddle-sports and angling bodies. All paddlers should make
all reasonable effort to minimise disturbance to anglers and
prevent upset. Those who paddle the Spey regularly are grateful
for the co-operation of the riparian owners, ghillies and Spey
Fishery Board staff who give of their time to liase with us,
thus keeping open constructive, mutually beneficial lines of
Canoeists can start a scenic, leisurely paddle from opposite
the campsite at Spey Bridge just above Newtonmore. The stretch
to Kingussie can be shallow but offers a variety of small,
fun rapids ~ ideal for a first time experience on moving water.
Apart from a couple of minor rapids below the Ruthven Bridge
at Kingussie, the river meanders slowly through the Insh Marshes,
an important bird sanctuary, and into Loch Insh ~ a major pool
in the River Spey. Fallen trees and overhanging branches are
the main hazards on these upper sections.
Below Aviemore there are some short, easy rapids but once
past Boat of Garten the river moves slowly through very flat
land. This slow moving stretch continues to around Broomhill
Bridge. (Just below Broomhill, at Boat of Balliefurth ~ GR.
013245 ~ is an ideal, easily accessed campsite.)
The majority of rapids
throughout the length of the Cairngorms National Park area
are Grade I (Laggan
to Delliefurie Burn
below Cromdale). However,on the approach to Grantown-on-Spey,
the river becomes rocky and once through the road bridge the
water starts to move more decidedly seaward. We have now moved
into the prime fishing beats of the Spey. Going under Advie
Bridge it is worth, in low water conditions, moving river right
to under the second ‘arch’, beyond the middle support,
to avoid the rows of post stumps remaining under the left ‘arch’ from
a previous bridge structure. From Ballindalloch the river offers
a variety of Grade II rapids.
The Ballindalloch to Knockando section includes the best of
the white water on the Spey. Suitable for and popular with
proficient paddlers, this is the single most paddled section
of the river. Please alleviate any potential parking problems
at the Ballindalloch site by moving vehicles on down to Knockando,
where there is ample parking space. Alternatively, one can
access the bridge from river right close by the bunkhouse situated
in the old Ballindalloch Railway Station. The shuttle on this
section is very easily done by bicycle using the Speyside Way,
making for a shorter journey, on the return to Ballindalloch
from Knockando. As well as being environmentally friendly,
using bicycles in shuttles here can avoid potential parking
problems at the Ballindalloch parking/launch area as it minimises
vehicle numbers and requires no vehicles to be left at the
Downstream of the bridge at Ballindalloch the River Avon (pronounced
Aann) enters the Spey from the right. Here, a more interesting
Grade II rapid on a double bend introduces the heavier section
of the river. Next is Blacksboat Rapid (GR. 181380), a location
where the river bed drops fairly sharply and, particularly
in low water conditions, the Spey's waters are funnelled into
a straight, fast flowing, turbulent water chute providing a
real, natural roller-coaster ride. Running parallel with the
river at this point, and on downstream to Spey Bay, is the
Speyside Way. This is a scenic long-distance footpath stretching
to Aviemore, with a spur to Tomintoul, following part of the
route of the dismantled Strathspey railway line and from Tugnet
along the coast, almost to Buckie. Some 800 metres below Blacksboat
Rapid is the disused Blacksboat Station, which now serves as
a very basic camping area at the side of the Way. No facilities
are available except for a cold-water tap, situated on the
side of the large, old goods-shed.
One is now in an
area where small places are big in worldwide terms of malt-whisky
names! In a little
over two kilometres
below Blacksboat Bridge the river bends and one can see the
chimneys of the Tamdhu Distillery, signalling the approach
to Knockando ~ probably the best known of all Spey rapids (and
a fine malt!). At Knockando the river provides interest in
most conditions although, as with many of the Spey rapids,
it can become a little "washed-out" when the river
is high. This two-part rapid has been designated, through local
agreement (see below) as a white water training area. The access
and egress point is immediately below the rapid on the left
bank with a steep path leading up to the old disused railway
platform. For ease of loading and unloading and carrying boats
it is possible to park on the old railway line by the top of
the access path. However, as the railway line is now part of
the Speyside Way the track should not be obstructed.
At the instigation
and subsequent provision of ground by Knockando Estates,
linked with funding from
Sportscotland, in May 2002
a new toilet and changing rooms facility was opened at Knockando
Rapid, for use by paddlers and walkers. This is an excellent
example of an estate working hand in hand with the governing
bodies of sports. Knockando Estates are not only prepared to
negotiate with recreational users but also realise, in economic
terms, the value of outdoor pursuits to the area of Strathspey.
Many thanks are extended to the Wills family for their forward
thinking and co-operation. Situated river left, half way up
the riverbank, by the steps just below the end of the rapid,
the unit comprises a male and female changing area and “composting
toilet”. Please endeavour to leave the facility cleaner
than when you arrived. Any “foreign objects” dropped
down the toilet will completely negate the composting process.
However, a handful of the sawdust (provided in bins) should
be thrown down the toilet after use. To ensure long term access
to this key facility, we must make every effort possible to
use these facilities with all due care and respect.
The scenery from
Knockando to Fochabers is some of the most picturesque on
the Spey with an interesting
variety of rapids.
This is an extremely pleasant, entertaining section underestimated,
indeed unknown to many paddlers. Many appear to assume that
only the Ballindalloch to Knockando section offers white water.
In the final twenty miles to the sea the river passes through
steep, tree laden banks, past stunning red cliffs and pinnacles
of ancient, iron-rich glacial deposit. Then one moves into
flatter land but still presenting a number of entertaining
rapids and very few slow pools. There are many key salmon fishing
pools on this section. Here more than almost anywhere else
on the river, expect to liase with and negotiate past large
numbers of anglers. (Estates managers have requested the use
of whistles ~ likely to be heard over the noise of the water
~ to attract the attention of the angler, as canoes approach.
Thus allowing the angler to indicate which side they would
prefer canoes to pass. See attached ‘Anglers Guide’.
BEWARE ~ At Craigellachie,
if landing at the Boat of Fiddich Pool, because of sharp
underwater from a fallen
wall, avoid cutting in above any angler fishing high up in
the pool. Rather give a wide berth towards river-left before
landing downstream of the black fishing shelter (river-right).
On the approach to Boat o’ Brig beware of a large boulder
situated in the middle of the flow, at a left-hand bend know
as ‘Otter Hole’. Then on the Braewater Estate approx.
1½ miles above Fochabers, after the final section of
red sandstone banking, look out for on river right two large
croys (~ man-made rock dykes built out into the water). These
obstacles are probably the most likely to cause boat wreckage
on the whole of the Spey. However, with care, they can be avoided.
Many large uprooted trees present on the section below Fochabers
~ requires care in choosing lines through the ever changing
single banks. In approaching the lower, tidal section, in certain
conditions, severe turbulence can occur, thus making paddling
quite difficult. It is inadvisable to enter the sea in conditions
of off-shore winds. This said, for most of the time this whole
final section is a very pleasant approach to the waves at Spey
Bay, where the fresh meets the salt.
(In addition to the O.S. maps listed at the start of this
guide, Harveys Maps have produced an excellent waterproof map
(ISBN 1-85137-337-3) which covers the length of the Speyside
Way. This publication would be a valuable asset for anyone
navigating the Spey, downstream of Aviemore.)
Ballindalloch to Knockando
Since the early 1980’s substantial bridges have been
built through constructive communication between paddlers and
anglers, particularly on this the most frequently used section
of the Spey. Some years ago, the late Sir David Wills (proprietor
of Lower Pitchroy, Phones and Knockando Estates) kindly agreed
to the designation of Knockando Rapid as a ‘White Water
Training Area’ which, also due to the co-operative nature
of Knockando Estates, has on the bank, close to the rapid a
toilet and changing facility. The Training Area is available
every day between 10am and 10pm. Please stay within the white
posts (avoid playing in the pools above and below the rapids).
Portage up along the path on the bank, river right, between
the posts. Vehicular access will be from the public road to
Knockando (Tamdhu) Station on the left bank and pedestrian
access by the steps upstream of the "Station Pool".
Paddlers are requested to egress out through the sizeable recessed
eddy and up the double set of steps (near to the changing hut)
on the left bank just where the fast water ends.
Paddlers who wish to seek local advice when passing through
Knockando waters, (includes from approx. 1 km. below Blacksboat
Bridge to approx 2km. above Carron Bridge) then please contact
the Estate by phoning the factor, Duncan Dunbar-Naismith ~
07919 183260//01340 810580 or email@example.com
or one of the Estate ghillies: 01340 810278 (Sandy Smith).
Ballindalloch Estate Office staff can also be contacted on
01807 500205 (Factor ~ Tim Atkinson). Ballindalloch Estate
waters stretch from the access point at GR 158369 to the pool
downstream of Craigroy Island, approx 1km. below Blacksboat
Bridge. Representatives from these Estates cannot deny access
but may suggest the most suitable time, from a fishing perspective,
for canoeing on that particular day.
Knockando Estate has requested, where possible, canoes and
rafts adhere to the following guidelines:
Through Knockando Estates fishing pools, (ie all pools approx.1km
downstream of the island below Blacksboat Bridge to a point
approx. 3km below Knockando Station), apart from the initial
two pools where paddlers are requested to stay over river left,
please move over towards the right bank on other lower pools.
Please look out for a section of concrete banking on river
right, approx. 1 mile into Knockando Estate. Please stay right
thereafter. As a further indicator large signs are now in place
but ~ for all pools through Knockando Estates with fishing
huts close-by, please stay river-right.
Otherwise, paddlers should follow the key points laid out in
the Access Code for Paddlers produced in conjunction with
the Scottish Canoe Association and Scottish Natural Heritage.
This publication is available from the SCA office.
The Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 allows for reasonable
and responsible pedestrian/canoe access, anywhere along the
river, which is not over an area of curtilage and causes no
damage to property or crops.
For detailed information on Outdoor Access in Scotland visit
Any serious cases of unreasonable behaviour linked to access
or navigation of the river should be reported as soon as possible
and with as much detail as is available ~ type of incident,
location and where known/appropriate names of those involved
SCA Access & Environment
and/or relevant Local Access Officer ~
Cairngorms National Park Authority (Laggan to Dellefure Burn):
Highland Council (Tulchan Estate only): firstname.lastname@example.org
Moray Council (Ballindalloch to Speybay): email@example.com
This system of incident reporting is applicable to all River
Users ~ paddlers, anglers, etc.
A salmon parasite known as Gyrodactylus salaris (Gs) is present
in the rivers of some European countries, especially Norway,
and it is of great importance that it is not brought into the
UK. If it did get into our rivers the consequences would be
disastrous to canoeing and many of our rural industries. Whilst
live fish imports present the greatest risk of importing the
parasite, recreational users of water, such as canoeists, sailors,
windsurfers and anglers have the potential to bring the parasite
into the country if they do not follow some simple precautions.
The Scottish Canoe
Association website carries detailed advice for paddlers
travelling abroad. Visit
and click on Access & Environment then go to Waterborne
Diseases then Gyrodactylus salaris. As well as the Scottish
Canoe Association's own advice there are links to further advice
(in English) from the Norwegian Canoe Association. This is
a very serious issue that all recreational users of water should
be familiar with. Please help to keep this disease out of the
UK and do what you can to help raise awareness of the dangers.
A fresh water inhabitant, the Signal Crayfish is a North American
species that was imported into England in the mid-1970s. It
has now established thriving populations in numerous river
systems in Southern Britain and is now found in several streams
in Scotland. Studies have demonstrated that it can have very
harmful effects on our native flora and fauna, including its
liking for fish eggs. The distribution of Signal Crayfish in
Scotland is believed to be restricted to a few streams in the
south west, although isolated specimens have been reported
further north. If you observe Signal Crayfish in Scottish waters,
or see evidence of them such as body parts, you should report
the sighting to the Freshwater Research Services Laboratory
at Pitlochry. Further details can be found on their website
FRESH WATER PEARL MUSSELS
River users are being asked by the Scottish Wildlife Crime
Unit to report to local police anything which might be considered
suspicious, surrounding possible damage to the Fresh Water
Pearl Mussel. Regrettably, illegal fishing of this valuable
creature is still being practised. Any help we can give in
reporting any such incidents ~ people walking in the water
without fishing rods; using glass bottomed buckets; large quantities
of opened shells, etc. would be very valuable in ensuring the
continued existence of the Fresh Water Mussel which world-wide,
now survives in only a few Scottish rivers. Because their life
cycle depends upon their eggs being carried for a time in the
gills of Salmon, Fresh Water Pearl Mussels only survive in
salmon rivers. The Spey is a key river in terms of FWPM stocks.
Please help protect them.
For further details of the FWPM and its protection, log on
NB Any unauthorised
fishing on a Scottish river is in law categorised as poaching,
thus a criminal
by heavy fines and possible confiscation of equipment, including
~ tackle and boats, even vehicles. Towing a line behind a canoe
is technically ‘poaching’, thus a serious breach
of the law!
LIST OF USEFUL STRATHSPEY CONTACT ADDRESSES & NUMBERS
NEWTONMORE 01540 673253
KINGUSSIE 01540 661297 (Easter ~ Oct.)
AVIEMORE 01479 810930
CARRBRIDGE 01479 841630 (Easter ~ Oct.)
GRANTOWN ON SPEY 01479 872773
DUFFTOWN 01340 820501
ELGIN 01343 542666
1. Invernahavon Caravan Park, Glentruim, Newtonmore. PH20
1BE 01540 673534
(Kenny & Susie Knox)
2. Speybridge Camp/Caravan Site, Newtonmore*** 01540 673275
(Mr. Sandy Leslie)
3. The Beeches (B&B), Station Rd. Newtonmore PH20 1AR 01540 673826
(Jude & Dave Craig) www.thebeechesnewtonmore.com firstname.lastname@example.org
4. Newtonmore Independent Hostel, Main Street, Newtonmore.
PH20 01540 673360
(Peter & Kathryn Main) pete@HighlandHostel.co.uk
5. Strathspey Hostel, Main Street, Newtonmore PH20 01540 673694
(Mr Laurie Skuodas) email@example.com
6. The Laird’s
Bothy, 68 High Street Kingussie. PH21 1HZ 01540 661334
7. Happy Days Hostel, High Street, Kingussie 01540 661175
8. Loch Insh Chalets, Kincraig. PH21 1NU 01540 651272
(Mr Andrew Freshwater) firstname.lastname@example.org
9. Lagganlia Centre, Feshiebridge, Kincraig. PH21 1NG 01540
(Mr Ian Ross) email@example.com
10. Glen Feshie Hostel, Balacroick, Kincraig. PH21 1NH 01540
11. Dalraddy Holiday Park, Dalraddy, Aviemore. 01479 810330
(This site is just 1.2km from the river. Accessible via a rough track leading
from the river GR859071)
12. Speyside Lodge/Caravan Park, Aviemore PH22 1PX 01479 811688
13. Pine Bank Chalets, Aviemore 01479 810000
(Judith & Alex Burns-Smith) firstname.lastname@example.org
14. Aviemore Bunkhouse, Aviemore*** 01479 811181 www.aviemore-bunkhouse.com
15. Aviemore Youth Hostel, PH22 1PR 01479 810910
16. Rothiemurchus Caravan/Camping Park, Coylumbridge PH22
1QU 01479 812800
17. Loch Morlich Youth Hostel, Glenmore. PH22 1QY 01479 861238
18. Glenmore Camping/Caravan Park, Glenmore. PH22 1QU 01479
19. Glenmore Lodge (National Centre) Glenmore. PH22 1QU 01479
20. Boat of Garten Camping/Caravan Park, PH24 3BN 01479 831652
21. Nethy Station Bunk Houses, Nethybridge 01479 821370
(Patricia & Richard Eccles) email@example.com/www.nethy.org
22. Abernethy Centre, Nethybridge 01479 82279
23. Boat of Balliefurth Campsite (Approx. 3k Downstream of
River right. (Not Balliefurth Farm) Signposted by river ‘Camping This
£ 3.00 per person per night. Please pay at white house 500m along track.
(Adelaide & Ronnie Macpherson) Best to book ahead. 01479 821435
24. Ardenbeg Bunkhouse, Grant Road, Grantown on Spey 01479
(Rebecca Reid ~ Offers limited equipment hire and ‘shuttle service’.)
25. Grantown-on-Spey Camping/Caravan Park. PH26 3JG 01479 872898
26. Cromdale Centre, Cromdale. 01224 208446
(Aberdeen City Council, Leisure Development)
27. Ballindalloch Station Bunkhouse, Cragganmore 01540 651272
(Mr Andrew Freshwater) firstname.lastname@example.org
28. *Ballindalloch Station ~ Small campsite with toilet and
carparking adjacent (Cragganmore, off A95)
Access from river from left bank below bridge and walk across
bridge to site or look out river-right for a style (not easily
seen from the river) approx. 150m. upstream from metal bridge.
Then access across field (kindly agreed by Colin Robertson,
the farmer) to gate on south side of field. Please close and
securely tie the gate as often cows and a ‘friendly enough’ bull
in the field.
29. *Blacksboat Station Camping Area. Cold tap only facility
available, situated on the recently refurbished, large goods-shed
now used as a store by the Speyside Way Ranger Service.
30. Aberlour Gardens Caravan/Campsite, Aberlour. AB38 9LD
(Simon & Denice Blades ~ may be able to shuttle paddlers
to their well appointed campsite ~ GR 282433)
31. *Boat o' Fiddich Park Camping Area, Craigellachie
Camp area is located in Fiddich Park by the car park & public
toilets. Designated canoe parking area ~ L-shaped fencing,
complete with tethering rings ~ 25 metres north/downstream
of the black fishing shelter (river right, approx. 400 metres
downstream of road bridge). Use steps upstream of the fishing
shelter to gain access on to the Speyside Way. At top of steps,
turn left along the Way; continue 250 metres along the track
under the bridge. Camping is on the flat areas beyond the car
park and wooden toilet building. If anyone fishing when paddling
away from this location endeavour to stay river-right until
the next rapid. (Please avoid using the litter-bin located
by the fishing shelter.)
32. Burnside Caravan Site, Fochabers 01343 820511
(D G Christie) GR 350582
* = Speyside Way Sites ~ ref. Moray County Countryside Ranger
Aberlour, Banffshire. 01340 881266
Bold print indicates close proximity to the river. *** = most convenient
Reliable/economical minibus shuttles, including to/from Spey
Bay, contact ~
Jake Strachan (Grantown) 01479 870025/079211 85088 (Can provide
a small canoe trailer.)
Equipment hire, etc., available from Mike on 08456 email@example.com
Expertly Guided Open Canoe Spey Descents ~ normally Kincraig
to the sea, over 5 (4 or 3) days.
~ all transport shuttles; canoeing & camping equipment
+ food provided as required.
~ or guide and equipment only ~ e.g. D of E canoe expedition/skills training
~ tel. 01540 673826 or firstname.lastname@example.org. www.speydescent.com
Version of this Guide is available on-line at www.speyguide.co.uk
For detailed information on outdoor access in Scotland visit
The Scottish Canoe Association (SCA) is the recognised National
Governing Body for canoeists and kayakers in Scotland. It
is a membership organisation with over 2,500 individual members,
80 affiliated clubs and 18 approved centres. The SCA is volunteer
led and overseen by a board of directors.
SPEY ANGLERS’ GUIDANCE FOR WHEN CANOES APPROACH
The River Spey, as
well as being one of the worlds finest for salmon fishing,
is also Scotland’s
most ideal river for journeying by canoe.
Confirmed by the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003, on Scottish
rivers there is a statutory right of non-motorised navigation
and a right of reasonable and responsible access for walkers,
cyclists and horse riders over land and to non-motorised craft
on inland water. www.outdooraccess-scotland.com
Thus, it is quite likely that, canoes may be present on the
river, approaching from upstream.
(On small sections of extended white-water, rafts may also
There is in place
a written ‘Paddlers’ Code of
Conduct’ of which the majority of canoeists & rafters
will be aware. ‘Paddlers’ Access Code’
Based on the above, anglers can reasonably expect:
- The leader of the paddling group will endeavour to ensure
the angler is aware of their presence by either shouting
or ideally blowing a whistle ~ most likely to be heard over
- Once contact established
the leader will seek information on the angler’s
preferred line of passage for the group.
will wish to cause minimum disturbance to the angler’s
direction of casting and, water depth/obstructions allowing,
paddlers will move in the direction indicated. Where the
angler is standing on the bank, direction indicated may
the angler, even under the rod or toward the opposite bank.
If the angler is wading, canoeists will be very happy, where
possible, to pass behind i.e. between the angler and the
- Leaders will endeavour to have their group pass in
fairly close formation, with a reasonable, safe distance
boat, thus minimising the time taken to pass.
- If an angler
is playing a fish, paddlers normally wait upstream until
the fish is landed or until there is indication from
the angler or ghillie that it is safe to pass towards the
- In the event of inadvertent capsize,
paddlers will do utmost to affect efficient rescue and
refloat upturned canoe as soon
as possible. Currents can catch out even the most experienced
- Once past, the
party will continue on their way downstream. Paddlers will
not loiter unnecessarily
or ‘play’ in
a pool where someone is actually fishing.
Anglers are requested to:
- Acknowledge they are aware of the presence of paddlers.
consider which line is most practical for both angler and
- Give clear direction as to the preferred side for
the craft to pass.
- Not always necessary to take in line.
However, refrain from casting whilst boats pass by.
- As soon
as the boats have safely passed the angler may very soon
In following our chosen interests on this wonderful river
that is the Spey, we are all privileged to be able to share
in her beauty and majesty. The key to harmony on the river
is mutual respect and overt courtesy between all river users.
Guidance available to paddlers, specific to the Spey at ~
(Issued jointly by Scottish Canoe Association & Spey Fishery