Birds Eye View

The River Truim rises high in the hills above Drumochter, dropping some 450 metres to reach the River Spey at Invertruim. This journey has taken place over millions of years with the water cutting a deep cleft through granite to create the spectacular Falls of Truim.

Here a number of waterfalls cascade under the old stone bridge, one of the many built during the 18th century by General Wade and his army to carry the 240 miles of road across numerous rivers, a process which opened up the Highlands and imposed the Hanoverian government’s authority in Scotland.

As well as being popular with dippers and wagtail the Falls of Truim is a breeding ground for many insects, like stone and caddis flies, which are devoured by salmon while clean air and damp rocks around the Falls means mosses, liverworts, ferns and lichens prosper.

A fine walk climbs from the River Truim onto Creagan an Fhithich. Translating from Gaelic as the Raven’s Crag, this superb vantage point presents a remarkable views of the immediate rugged landscape drawing the eye west where the River Spey cuts a twisting course through flatter plains to Laggan and then beyond towards its source amongst the big mountains of the Corrieyairack and Glenshirra Forests. The view east is equally alluring with the Spey continuing its journey through Badenoch and Speyside with the big undulating Monadhliath forming an impressive barrier.

Speyside from Creagan an Fhithich
Speyside from Creagan an Fhithich