GUIDE TO THE RIVER EWE
NAME OF RIVER: River Ewe.
WHERE IS IT: Drains from Loch Maree into Loch Ewe, Wester Ross (OS Sheet 19).PUT-INS/ TAKE-OUTS: We got into Loch Maree in Tollie Bay (NG868783) reached by a minor road, signposted Tollie Farm, off the A832 about 2km south of Poolewe.
Got out at the mouth of the river where it opens into Loch Ewe actually in Poolewe.
APPROX LENGTH: 4 km.
TIME NEEDED: 30 mins.
ACCESS HASSLES: Unknown. Several people where fly fishing on the shores of Loch Maree, but we kept well clear and they seemed freindly enough.
WATER LEVEL INDICATORS: Loch Maree is huge and drains a vast area, so I suspect this short stretch of river keeps its water pretty well. The only real rapids are below Poolewe bridge, so are easily inspected from there.
MAJOR HAZARDS / FALLS:
GENERAL DESCRIPTION: The flat water of Loch Maree gradually narrows down towards the bridge at Poolewe and runs more and more rapidly as it does so. This is a big river and feels fast and powerful, dropping about 20 m over this 4km stretch. The only real rapid is underneath the bridge in Poolewe which has a series of steps and convergences which makes it quite exciting.