The River Spey remains interesting right until its end. From Grantown it’s a relatively steep river. Rather than running into an extensive estuary like many rivers do, the river flows abruptly into tidal waters about 700m before it reaches the open sea.
From the last road bridge at Fochabers down to Spey Bay, where the river meets the sea, the Spey becomes unconstrained and, in places unchannelised, reminiscent of an outwash plain, with the river braiding. This means the river changes over time, from one year to the next and even between trips. In addition, this is an area where flood debris, such as trees, from further up the river are deposited. So, the last section is no easy final day yahoo to the ocean. It’s one where you have to keep your wits about you.
On our last night in camp, following the campfire whisky tasting, it rained heavily overnight. The river had come up significantly and was moving with pace. We expected a quick run down to the sea at Spey Bay but there was also a headwind. This slowed us somewhat initially but in the last stages, as we became more exposed, it provided a real challenge, with us having to fight every inch of the last few miles to the end…
Scotland’s Spey River Paddle & Whisky Tour – Part 12 – Paddle To The Sea
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I hope you enjoyed the above film. Let me know what you think below. Episode 12 is the last episode in this series but if you’ve missed any of the previous installments, they are all linked below. Thanks for watching!
Previous Sections Of This Series
Watch part 1 here: Watch Canoeing The River Spey With Kevin, Ray & Justine Curgenven – part 1
Watch part 2 here: Canoeing The Spey With Kevin, Ray & Justine part 2 – A Few Campfire Tricks
Watch part 3 here: Canoeing The Spey With Kevin, Ray & Justine part 3 – River Safety
Watch parts 5 and 6 here: Canoeing The Spey With Kevin, Ray & Justine parts 5 and 6 – Where Does The Whisky Come From?
Watch part 8 here: Canoeing The Spey With Kevin, Ray & Justine part 8 – The Washing Machine
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