GUIDE TO THE RIVER MORAR
NAME OF RIVER: Morar.
WHERE IS IT?: Morar, near Mallaig, Northern Scotland. Map.
PUT-INS/ TAKE-OUTS: Follow the B8008 from the A830 going into Morar. There is a small road following the river to the loch. I would get in just above the first weir from the loch.
APPROX LENGTH: One hundred metres.
TIME NEEDED: 10 min to run once.
ACCESS HASSLES: Dont make yourself too obvious as I don't think you are meant to go down the top weir. I encountered no problems though.
WATER LEVEL INDICATORS: Go at low tide as the bottom rapid will then be biggest. Needs quite a lot of rain to get up.
GRADING: In high levels the first rapid probably about 4+ and second a 4 or 3+.
MAJOR HAZARDS/ FALLS: A weir with a dodgy hole at the bottom.
GENERAL DESCRIPTION: Paddled this as I was in the area for my brothers wedding and he said its a "fun wee run" of 2 rapids. In nice high water the top weir is 2 drops into a nasty hole which if you swam in, could hold you a long time.
After this there is about a 50m stretch until the bottom twisty drop of a few metres which goes out into the sea. This has a sticky hole at the bottom which could be played in, although you would probably get stuck for a while.
CONTRIBUTED BY: Tim Kwant www.carlislecanoeclub.org.uk