About the Findhorn
The Findhorn rises in the Monadhliath Mountains, (the Grey Mountain
Range), and flows in a north easterly direction for nearly seventy miles
entering the Moray Firth at Findhorn Bay just to the north of Forres. It
drains an area of some three hundred forty six square miles. For much of
its course it runs almost parallel to its larger neighbour, the River
Spey. Findhorn Bay, itself is a large tidal lagoon of about two and one
half miles in width, stretching from Findhorn Village across to the Culbin
Palamore Pool, Altyre.
The Findhorn River is one of Scotland's fastest flowing rivers. The upper
river is shallow and streamy with stretches of riffles between the pools.
For much of its journey, the Findhorn River flows through peat bog moor
land which gives the river a rich and dark peaty tinge. The scenery is
stunning with steep mountain outcrops and the renowned heather-clad grouse
moors coming along the riverside. The upper Findhorn is also known as
Strathdearn, as it flows from Coignafearn and down to beyond Tomatin.
The middle river flows from Drynachan beat and down through the famous
Findhorn Gorge for approximately twenty miles through Banchor, Lethen and
Glenferness. This spectacular granite gorge is some two hundred feet high
in places and becomes quite narrow at certain points; Randolph's Leap at
Logie is around ten feet wide at its narrowest point. Great care should be
taken when fishing the gorge, as the river is known for flash flooding and
can rise very quickly. The main headwaters of the river, rises far to the
West and often gathers water from storm fronts hitting onto the West
coast. The river, therefore, is subject to sudden rises and falls.