River Spey

River Spey

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Located on the edge of the Cairngorms National Park, the River Spey is one of the longest rivers in the UK.

The Spey is also classed as the fastest flowing river in Scotland over its entire length, with a constant fast flow and some sections up to grade 3.

Paddlers should be aware of the fast flowing nature of the river. Ensure you have checked river levels and weather before you head out for a paddle.

At 107 miles long, the Spey rises in Loch Spey and flows North East from here before entering the North Sea at Spey Bay.

Things to be seen on a River Spey paddle

A paddle on the Spey is worth it to view the booming population of wild salmon alone. There are also several whisky production facilities along the river banks of the Spey where you might consider a tour.

It’s worth paddling the Spey for another reason. It is unusual in that it is one of very few rivers which increases in speed as it flows CLOSER to the North Sea.

So, paddle here if you love the wilderness, wildlife, and fast flowing water.