This evening, our extremely cold spell continues with temperature tonight down to minus 7 C tonight then snow then a further drop in temperature. This is very unusual at this time of year and is causing the whole country to slow down a notch, mainly due to transport disruptions as a function of  the snow and ice. For a change  I have decided to depart from my series of  winter images and provide a little variety via a focus on the mighty River Tay.

The Tay comprises  Scotland’s longest river system extending to 120m (193km) and in its course from source to sea passes through lochs Dochart and Tay. Catchment area is some 2400 sq miles. The name Tay is very ancient and may have an Indo-European root (which links the name to the rivers Thames and Tyne in England) and may mean to dissolve, to melt, to flow.

The Tay Valley has been associated with human development for thousands of years. There are stone circles and rock art dating back to prehistoric times, iron-age crannogs ( lake dwelling on stilts and islands) and more recently some enduring bridges, e.g.the >200 year old Telford Bride at Dunkeld. Historically, the river was used for trade and transport of goods but nowadays the focus is on leisure activities such as white water rafting, water sports and fishing.

Here is a link to a tour of Perthshire which connects with the Tay.

A note of caution: the river floods and has caused much damage to the city of Perth and other affected communities in the recent past.

This is the River Tay at Perth in central Scotland.

River Tay

View of River Tay at Perth

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