River Tummel - Loch Tummel to Loch Faskally

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River Tummel - Loch Tummel to Loch Faskally

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Re: River Tummel - Loch Tummel to Loch Faskally

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PLEASE NOTE: As of May 2017 there is an ongoing dispute with SSE over access to the car parking around this river. The release season is about to begin, however currently there do not appear to be any provisions for recreational paddlers to park at the take out. The picnic site at Loch Faskally will be closed and locked. It is possible limited parking will be available just above the Linn of Tummel up a very steep path, but this is questionable. If you are stuck, there is a car park at the wrong end of Loch Faskally in Pitlochry (NN 93574 57961) - this will add 3km of flat paddling to your trip unfortunately. I think it's sign posted for the fish ladder. If possible, read up on the Scottish outdoor access code before you go. You are entitled to access the river on foot, but there are no vehicular access rights. I'm sorry we can't be of more help, but hopefully we'll get some answers soon.
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Re: River Tummel - Loch Tummel to Loch Faskally

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The egress that has historically been used at Clunie Power Station will remain closed to vehicles for the remainder of the summer. Egress may still be taken on foot with a walk up the road to a vehicle (responsibly) parked on the public highway.
The small hard standing above the Linn is unaffected by the works undertaken by SSE and they have confirmed that responsible parking at this location does not concern them at this time. This egress route does involve a steep and at times slippery climb.
The recommended egress point is now on the east shore of Loch Faskally, 500m due east of the Clunie site. There is space for some vehicles by the waters edge (NN 91990, 59706), and plenty of further parking available a few hundred metres up the road at the Forestry Commission car park (Loch Dunmore, site of the 'Enchanted Forest' attraction for those who may know it).
In all it will add about 5 mins drive time to the shuttle, and 500m of flat water paddling to your trip.

There is also some concern regarding access at the top of the river, which currently crosses SSE's compound and land. The potential to construct a new footpath to the river avoiding the dam compound is being investigated by the Rafters Association, SSE & the SCA. In the meantime, it is advised to take access discreetly and responsibly, as any clamp down on access in this location by SSE would make access to the top of the river extremely difficult.

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