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GUIDE TO THE RIVER CLUNIE

NAME OF RIVER: Clunie.

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.

ACCESS HASSLES: Unknown.

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

GRADING: 3-4.

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.

CONTRIBUTED BY: Kris Waring.