GUIDE TO THE RIVER VARRAGILL
NAME OF RIVER: Varragill
WHERE IS IT?: Isle of Skye, next to the A87 flowing into Loch Portree.
Map.PUT-INS/ TAKE-OUTS: A layby on the A87 about GR475 363 seems a convenient put in.
The B883 road bridge is a good take out.
APPROX LENGTH: 5km
TIME NEEDED: 1 1/2 hrs
ACCESS HASSLES: Unknown.
WATER LEVEL INDICATORS: A good 24 hrs of rain or so. The River Snizort probably needs to be bank full (there is realtime info for this on the SCA levels site).
MAJOR HAZARDS/ FALLS: No.
GENERAL DESCRIPTION: A pleasant trip, with the Cuillin as a backdrop.
We went to do the Snizort but it looked a bit high for comfort, so we did this. Its easy going grade 2 and 3 with the odd weir like drop to look out for.
If it's high you could probably start further up than the put-in mentioned here.
OTHER NOTES: In the SCA guide (2nd ed) it's mixed up on the Skye map with the class 4/5 Sligachan River (Which from the description, is mostly the Allt Dearg Mor anyway, I think?). This has been fixed in the 3rd edition.
CONTRIBUTED BY: John Heaton.