Scotland’s longest river begins as a tiny spring on Ben Lui in the southern Highlands, gathering momentum from Loch Tay as it flows east through majestic Perthshire, finally spilling into the Firth of Tay, just south of Dundee. By the time those spring droplets make it to the North Sea they have travelled 190km from their source.
The Tay Estuary at Dundee are home to bottlenose dolphins from May until September, so why not take a boat trip to spot dolphins and seals, or admire local lighthouses and the impressive new V&A Dundee from the water? Or imagine starting your sea kayaking journey with the 15th Century Broughty Ferry castle in your sights (the name Broughty comes from the Gaelic Bruach Tatha, which means the bank of the Tay) or sticking closer to civilisation and wake-boarding at the docks.
Tay Country is carved by water; for kayakers, white water rafters, canyoners or fans of river bugging, there’s nowhere like it. Especially afterwards, when you’re dry, with a well-deserved dram in your hand.