Northern Scottish Rivers
Scotland has several major River systems draining the often mountainous landscape. Many of them drain eastwards to the North Sea, while the remainder, drain west into the Irish Sea.
River Awe & River Orchy
The River Orchy rises on Rannoch Moor and flows south west into Loch Awe, from which the River Awe flows north west into Loch Etive, reaching the Firth of Lorne under the dramatic Connel Bridge.
The River rises near Struy in the Highlands and flows through the county to reach the sea at Beauly Firth.
The River Conon rises in Wester Ross as the Black Water and River Bran, these tributaries flow East to Easter Ross, joining with the Rivers Orrin and Meig, before flowing into the Cromarty Firth. Various parts of these rivers are dammed to create reservoirs for hydro-electricity generation.
River Dee (Aberdeen)
Rises in the Cairngorms and flows to Deeside to reach the sea at Aberdeen
A river in Aberdeenshire, North East Scotland
The River Earn is a tributary of the Tay, flowing from the southern Higlands through Loch Earn and on to the Tay near Perth.
This is one of the longest rivers in Scotland. Rises in the North East and flows into the Moray Firth.
Kyle of Sutherland
The Kyle of Sutherland is a deep inlet of the sea which separates historic Ross-shire from Sutherland on the East Coast of the Highlands.
River Lochy & River Spean
The River Spean cuts across the Highlands from Badenoch to the Great Glen, where it meets the River Lochy which flows south to reach Loch Linnhe at Fort William.
The River Lossie rises at Dallas, flows through Moray in North East Scotland and enters the Sea at Lossiemouth.
A river in the Highland Region
Rivers Ness, Moriston, Oich & Garry
Rivers in the Highlands based on Loch Ness
The Spey drains much of the norther Cairngorms and some of the Western Highlands. Rising in the hills around the tiny Loch Spey to the north of Creag Meagaidh, less than 20 miles from Fort William, the Spey flows eastwards to meet the A86 at Laggan. At Kingussie, the A86 meets the A9, which picks up the Spey valley northwards to Aviemore, where the A95 takes over. After passing under Thomas Telford's Craigellachie Bridge, the Spey is followed by the B9015 all the way north to its mouth at Spey Bay on the Moray Firth.
River Tay & Tributaries
The greatest river in the whole British Isles is the River Tay, with the largest discharge from one of the largest catchment areas. It rises in the West Highlands as the River Cononish on the slopes of Ben Lui, just 20 or so miles from Oban. Followed by the A85 as it changes name to the Fillan and then the Dochart, the river finally reaches Loch Tay at Killin on the A827. At the eastern end of the loch, the A827 continues alongside until the A9 is reached at Ballinluig. Here the river turns south, through Dunkeld and into Perth. The city centre has two bridges over the river, and then the M90 crosses just to the south. After a few more miles the river opens out into the Firth of Tay, crossed for the final time by the Tay Road Bridge near Dundee.