GUIDE TO THE RIVER TAY
(Grandtully to Stanley)
NAME OF RIVER: Tay
WHERE IS IT?: Tayside! Flows out of Loch...Tay.
PUT-INS/ TAKE-OUTS:Grandtully to Stanley.
APPROX LENGTH: Unknown.
TIME NEEDED: Unknown.
ACCESS HASSLES: It should be remembered that the Tay is a well-used fishing river so it is worth keeping an eye out.
WATER LEVEL INDICATORS: Stays paddleable for much of the year.
GRADING: Grade 1.
MAJOR HAZARDS/ FALLS: Weir.
GENERAL DESCRIPTION: Directly downstream of Grandtully bridge is a weir fall which may need portaging. This stretch to Stanley is long, flat and decidedly uninteresting.
Neville Holmes, Chester adds (April 2002)...'We have completed a trip on the Tay including the Grandtully to Stanley Section. The comment that this part of the river is 'uninteresting' must have been compiled by a Scottish Kayaker. As an English Open Canoe paddler this section remains very scenic with plenty very simple grade 2 riffles to keep up the interest on the water and offering more than the Severn or Wye as a touring river. None of us on the trip could describe this section as 'uninteresting' particularly as it is relatively accessible. Other parts of Scotland may be even better but do not ignore this part.'
OTHER NOTES: Pretty well guaranteed water. See also Paul Cromey's article on paddling the Dochart and Tay.
CONTRIBUTED BY: St. Andrew's Uni, also Neville Holmes.