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Wednesday, 18 August 2010
The Findhorn River


The photograph above and the photograph below are of the same stretch of the Findhorn River about 3 miles before it flows into Findhorn Bay (a tidal lagoon on the Moray Firth - see map).


What struck me about the scene is how calmer the river appears in the bottom photograph, taken closer to the lagoon.

The Gaelic name for the river is Uisge Eireann. One of the local taxi drivers informed me that most of the English names in the area were corruptions of Gaelic names, and I was keen to find out what the word Findhorn meant.  According to Wikipedia:

Although surely Gaelic in origin the derivation of the word “Findhorn” is not absolutely clear. It may be a corruption of Invererne and mean ‘at the mouth of the river Erne’ or Fionn-Dearn, “the white river Dearn”, or perhaps Fionn simply referred to the white sands and breaking waves which dominate the shores.

The Wiki entry on the River itself tells us that the River Findhorn is one of Scotland’s classic white water kayaking rivers (varying from grade 2 to 4) and draws canoeists from across the country.

Posted by bigblue on 18/08/2010 at 08:38 AM
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