Upper Findhorn (Uisge Eireann Uarach)

Another excellent trip down the Upper Findhorn today, with Dave Y, Paul and Tim. Originally planned to try the Fechlin as the Tarf was running high on Where’s the Water, but for one reason or another, never quite made it…

The river was a wee bit higher than last week and Dulsie, with its no warm-up get-in, was just a wee bit more intimidating! Still, we all made it down in one piece, albeit there were a few wet heads (thankfully not me)!

The river was moving fast today, to the trip went quicker than is often the case on the upper. U-bend looked, to me at least, less favourable than last week, so I decided to walk it. Paul, however, gave it a shot and, well, said hello to the fishes…

After failing to bag him from the bank, Paul managed to swim to the side a bit lower down. We then had to gather his boat and begin the search for his paddle. Normally I carry a set of splits, but sod’s law, I forgot them today. Thankfully, however, Giles from Glenmore Lodge floated past and lent us his splits…only for us to find Paul’s original paddle about 200m further down the river!

Following on from the Leven’s Gorge fun, and one or two more rolls from certain members of the team, we headed on down towards JCB. A fairly easy line today, with a lovely play wave half way down. I decided to crack on while the others discussed lines and managed to get a sweet surf or two - good times.

After that, it was a fairly quick boot down towards Ardclach. Got the boats loaded up onto my cars to run the shuttle back to Dulsie to get Tim’s motor; always seems to spend more time faffing on the bank or with cars rather than boating!

Oh, and Giles appeared just before we left to reclaim his splits…while I scribbled down a note-to-self: remember to pack my splits next time!

Top & Upper Findhorn

Great wee paddle down the Top and Upper Findhorn today.

Levels were probably around a low medium, but a nice level for most of the features; albeit the U-Bend looked a bit nasty with a tricky and limited run in and a grabby looking hole!

Thanks to Donald Macpherson of www.ExploreHighland.com for some wee vids of the day…