NAME OF RIVER: River Runie.

WHERE IS IT?:North West Scotland, Strath Kanaird, 4 miles north of Ullapool on the A835. OS Sheet 15, Park at GR 135015. Tributary to Strath Canaird River.


PUT-INS/ TAKE-OUTS: Access the river from the single track road signed to Blughasary. The turn off is on the left as you go north, just after the main road crosses the Strath Kanaird River. Follow the single track until it turns into a potholed dirt track, park at the end of this.

Carry on by foot across the bridge and up the track that runs parallel to the river, follow this for about one mile. Leave the track when it turns away from the river and towards the hill. Cross the bog and follow the river until it goes though a short shallow gorge put-in above here.


TIME NEEDED: 2 hours including the walk.

ACCESS HASSLES: The river and surrounding land is owned by Strath Kanaird Estate save your best smiles for the Old boy in his Landrover and make sure you know your rights under the Scottish Land Reform Act.


Lots of rain needed, the burns should be white on the hills. If the section under the bridge looks ok then it should be runnable.

GRADING: Mostly 3. The end section is 4.

MAJOR HAZARDS/ FALLS: The last two drops before the bridge are narrow and have boulders in them worth a look to avoid a pinning.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION: A nice wee section of shallow gradient creek type burn with a great shoot/ drop/ shoot series to finish off. Worth a visit, especially in combination with another river in the area.

OTHER NOTES: Combine with a section of the River Inver (Near Lochinver), the lower section of the Cuileig (Near Ullapool) or Abhainn Mhr (Near Elphin).

Anyone paddled the Runie further up? There is a waterfall marked on the map...

CONTRIBUTED BY: Sam Planterose, Alasdair Boyce and Matthew Dawson.



Community Forum Comments on this Article
Re: River Runie -- seeing bubbles
2014 Aug 01 11:06:11 AM
you can do a 6km run from bridge at GR .159 055 ( parking just to West) on Allt Liathdorie, to Loch Kanaird GR 121.995-you can drive up the little road (ask if you see anyone).

Narrow and grade 1 meanders to begin. Small ledges bring the occasional surprise before leading to short open gorge section at grade 2/3. After 1.75km the Runie joins, water volume increases and soon the ledges get bigger, with some shallow landings which my need inspection. This leads to the section described above.

note just upstream of the bridge at Blughasary is a nasty pothole fall that would be very serious. Looking downstream from the road bridge a fall with nasty keeper is best avoided at all but low water. Portage on west bank.

Re-enter at end of short canyon for the final blast down one f the best slabs you will ever do!

Needs lots of water for the whole trip. A wonderful sense of isolation for most of the trip as you will see only open moorland and mountains. A source to sea trip worth the effort.
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