River Tay

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River Tay

 

Located in the middle of Scotlandís geographic center, the River Tay is the biggest river in the UK.

The Tummel and Dochart are two of its branches which rise just miles from the top of lochs Etive and Fyne on the west coast of Scotland and flow over a hundred miles to dump at Dundee into the North Sea on the east coast of Scotland.

The River Tay and several of its large tributaries dump an area of over three thousand square miles averaging a flow of approximately two hundred cubic meters per second, holding the record of having the greatest river flow in the country.

The Tay flows through various terrain. The different headwaters gather up in the Mountains of the Grampian and the impressive and untamed Western Highlands. By the time the River gets to the Perth estuary the country is rolling gently into rich farmland.

There are several big lochs in the reservoir, a number of which have been tapped to produce hydro-electricity. This procedure helps to control the flow in the River Tay, heading off big floods but keeping up a flow sufficient enough to let salmon to make its way to the river even during the worst dry spells.

A long popular sport on the River Tay is angling. This is because the Tay is famed for its big salmon. There is no other Scottish river to equal it.