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Scottish Rivers - information and pictures on some of the most beautiful rivers in Scotland.

River : River Spey

2nd Longest River in Scotland

River Length km Length miles Description
River Spey  172  107 The Spey is the fastest-flowing river in Scotland. It is important for salmon fishing and whisky production (Speyside has the largest number of distilleries in Scotland, including: Aberlour, Balvenie, and Glenfiddich). Rising at over 1000 feet (300 m) at Loch Spey in Corrieyairack Forest in the Scottish Highlands, 10 miles (16 km) south of Fort Augustus, it descends to flow through Newtonmore and Kingussie crossing Loch Insh before reaching Aviemore at the start of Strathspey. From there it flows the remaining 60 miles (97 km) north-east to the Moray Firth, reaching the sea 5 miles West of Buckie. The River Spey is one of Scotland's big four salmon rivers. It has the third largest drainage area after the Tay and Tweed and is the second longest after the Tay. The River Spey is unusual in that it increases speed as it flows closer to the coast, due to the surrounding geography. The mean flow is around 16 m/s making it the fastest flowing river in Scotland, and possibly in the UK (depending on what constitutes a river). The Spey does not meander, although it does rapidly move its banks. South of Fochabers a high earth barrier re-inforces the banks, but the river has broken through on several occasions, removing a large portion of Garmouth Golf Course, sections of wall surrounding Gordon Castle, parts of the Speyside Way and some of the B9104 road.


River Spey at Grantown on Spey

River Spey at Grantown on Spey


Pictures of the River Spey


Meandering River Spey on a misty day

Tranquil River Spey

Spey Bridge Grantown on Spey

Horses by the River Spey

Sunset by the River Spey

Flooding River Spey west of Aviemore

River Spey at Aberlouron a snowy winter day

The upper reaches of the River Spey in the Monadh Liath Mountains with Creag Meagaidh beyond

River Spey on a cold afternoon in Aberlour

River Spey at Grantown on Spey

River Spey at Garva Bridge

River Spey near Aviemore

The River Spey

River Spey looking towards Newtonmore with snow on the hills

River Spey looking towards Newtonmore

River Spey at Telford Bridge A beautiful winter scene

River Spey at Kincraig

River Spey on a summers day

Bridge at Grantown On Spey

The River Spey at Craigellachie

River Spey at Craigellachie

Rainbow over the River Spey near Rothes

Glenrothes Distillery and the River Spey

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