WHERE IS IT?: Near Fort William Drive out of Fort William on the road that takes you to the Spean and turn left at a big set of traffic lights. Then soon turn onto the B8004. Eventually you will find the river.

PUT-INS/ TAKE-OUTS: Access is by driving almost to the end of the road and putting in at a small 'car park'. Or...put-in at Inverskilavulin Bridge (NN 1256 8314), and take out before the tunnel, unless you are feeling brave. Below the tunnel (NN 1499 8170)  you can continue to the Lochy, see below.

APPROX LENGTH: 1 1/2 miles from the bridge. Longer from the carpark.

TIME NEEDED: 1-2 hours.

ACCESS HASSLES: Unknown, but see also the SCA notes on Access.

WATER LEVEL INDICATORS: Best directly after rain.

GRADING: Grade 3 when at moderate levels, but in high conditions some of the drops reach grade 4.

MAJOR HAZARDS/ FALLS: There is a tunnel at the end of this trip, described below.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION: The upper section above the bridge is easily paddleable in heavy rain. Access is by driving almost to the end of the road and putting in at a small 'car park'. Generally it is just a fast moving body of water and a nice way to see the glen, however it does have one or two grade 2 falls and there is a weir halfway down. The weir can be paddled on the far right and offers an interesting 2-3 section. The left hand side should be avoided as it is a concrete step.

The first bit from the bridge is quite tame (grade 2) but fast, then the drops come at you. There are about four or five in all. In fact they are all very easy to inspect on the way up as the road follows river on the way up. After the take out there is a tunnel 40m long and who knows what's inside! Any takers?

Andy Evans adds: 'The tunnel does go. Quite exciting and dark! I remember there being a wave in the middle of it but the last time I did it there were no obstructions. You can take out river right just below and walk back up through the access tunnel, which if you have the river at a good level will have a minor stream running along it. Certainly a novelty.....'

An alternative finish (after running the Loy a couple of times) is to continue onto the River Lochy.

OTHER NOTES: There is some steep grade 4-5 at the head of the glen, if you walk in during spate conditions.

CONTRIBUTED BY: Chucky, David Smith This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Jim Wallis, Ron Cameron and Andy Evans.



Community Forum Comments on this Article
Re: River Loy -- Mark Gawler
2017 Sep 25 06:54:26 PM
I have bee contacted by Lochaber Fisheries Trust who asked paddles to be aware of a Fish Trap in Glen Loy.

Hello, I wonder if you could put something on your website to let paddlers

know about a fish trap sited in the River Loy (nr Fort William). The trap

is about half way between the minor road bridge and the canal tunnels,

crosses he entire river and should be in place until late Dec. If it comes

out before that we will update people. There is signage at the end of the

road and we highly recommend that paddlers get out and have a look before

heading up Glen Loy. Any help in spreading the word is much appreciated!

Apologies for any inconvenience caused

best wishes

Re: River Loy -- chrissloan
2013 Dec 31 09:28:33 PM
There is currently a tree in the right hand line of the last drop before the road bridge. This is not visible from above so worth looking at, or running the left hand line.
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