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Whitewater Rafting Guide To River Trips

Tummel River

Location: North of Pitlochry in Aberfeldy, Perthshire, in Scotland

The Tummel River is a tributary to the River Tay in Scotland, with its headwaters located in the Rannoch Moor close to Glencoe. A whitewater rafting trip on the Tummel begins just below Cluny Dam and ends in Loch Faskally, near Pitlochry.

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Level of Difficulty: Class III-IV / Intermediate

The River Tummel is mainly a Class III river, but it ends with an impressive Class IV+ rapid that drops 18 feet into Loch Faskally. No previous rafting experience is necessary, but first-timers should be fairly adventurous.

Scenery: Dense Forest and Dark, Basaltic Boulders

The Tummel River flows through a narrow, technical forest gorge. It’s chalky water runs over dark, basaltic rocks, at times smooth and shiny. Rocky outcrops and the Faskally House both assert themselves through the dense woods. Rapids gain in speed and difficulty, and end with a two-tiered Class IV+ finale, dumping boats out onto the calm waters of Loch Faskally.

Season: June – September

Whitewater rafting trips are available on the Tummel River on weekends in the summer. Weekday trips are not available because Cluny Dam is not typically releasing enough water.