WHERE IS IT?: Running through Braemar in the Cairngorms.

PUT-INS/ TAKE-OUTS: Walk up the left bank of the river from the car park in Braemar for a couple of hundred yards and then head across the field to the river.

APPROX LENGTH: 0.5 miles.

TIME NEEDED: 10 minutes.


WATER LEVEL INDICATORS: If the River Dee is up then this will be.


MAJOR HAZARDS/ FALLS: Just one lengthy rapid.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION: On arriving in Braemar head for the town centre and you will drive over the Clunie. Only the section flowing through the town is worth paddling.

Bit of a one rapid wonder this and very much a case of what you see is what you get. Not worth the journey on its own, it adds a little something extra to trips taking in any of the rivers nearby.

Not dissimilar to the Falls of Dochart in length, this short rapid consists of several drops running through the town before it all flattens out again very quickly. Beware of the sting in the tail in high water.

OTHER NOTES: Could easily be combined with a trip on the Rivers Quoich, Garbh Allt or Lui. Callater Burn is good tributary. Another worth a look is Allt a' Gharbh-Choire.



Community Forum Comments on this Article
Re: RIVER CLUNIE -- LSmith4285
2011 Sep 19 07:56:35 AM
I paddled this yesterday, 18th Sept 2011, and we got out at the car park on the north side of Braemar on the Aberdeen road. We got out of the river where a foot bridge crosses the river at the car park. At this bridge it looks like there was formally a deer fence across the river, all that remains now is a metal rope across the river that the fence used to hang from. It wasn't a major issue yesterday but the river wasn't very big so it is possible in bigger water that this would be one to look out for.

There are places to get out above this so it shouldn't be a major issue.
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