NN2780 : Roy Spean confluence

taken 5 years ago, near to Roybridge, Highland, Great Britain

Roy Spean confluence
Roy Spean confluence
After flowing through many exciting rapids, the River Roy has, by just below Roybridge, lost most of its gradient as it crosses the floodplain of the bigger Spean valley, to which it is tributary. Tributary often does not mean smaller, however, as the Spean dam lies upstream, and its water is diverted first to Loch Trieg and thence to the hydro plant in Fort William, which was built to power the aluminium smelter, now run by Rio Tinto Alcan. Through the summer and into late winter, the Spean dam tends to be below its capacity, and it is only when near full that it starts to release water into the river. Those wishing to paddle the Spean gorge downstream will mostly rely on water from the Roy catchment to supply enough excitement for their trip, but always need to be aware of a sudden increase in volume if the dam starts releasing, as it does automatically upon reaching certain levels.
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 6 November, 2013   (more nearby)
Monday, 11 November, 2013
Geographical Context
Uplands  Sport, Leisure  Rivers, Streams, Drainage 
Category (from Tags)
Watercourse > Confluence   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NN 270 805 [100m precision]
WGS84: 56:53.0108N 4:50.4587W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NN 2714 8072
View Direction
South-southwest (about 202 degrees)
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