As well as being Scotland’s longest river, the Tay also carries the largest volume water of any river in the UK – more than the Thames and Severn combined when it reaches the Firth of Tay. From its source high up the slopes of Ben Lui near Tyndrum, it makes its way through Stirlingshire and Perthshire to meet the North Sea near Dundee.
As one of the best salmon rivers in Europe the Tay lures anglers from around the world and many more come to explore the nearby hills and the glens it passes through. There is no better way to discover the wildlife, architecture and history of this area of Scotland than to walk. Whatever your ability – walking at high or low level, following tough terrain or level paths – the 25 routes in this guide offer something for everyone.
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The Tay is one of the best salmon rivers in Europe and lures anglers from around the world. Rivers have been at the centre of Scottish life for thousands of years. For the earliest settlers a river meant survival – a source of food, drinking water and transport. Over the centuries, villages, towns and all of Scotland’s cities have grown and developed along the banks of a river. From the Industrial Revolution, when Scotland was one of the manufacturing powerhouses of Europe, until the long decline of heavy industry in the 20th century, rivers were integral to Scotland’s economic development. As towns and cities attempt to reinvent themselves in the wake of that decline, rivers and riverbanks are crucial to regeneration, providing key destinations for residential developments, offices, leisure and recreation. Water activities such as rowing, sailing, kayaking, canyoning and fishing are increasingly popular, and wildlife is making a comeback as the environment begins to recover from pollution.