River Muick

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Muick, a stream of Glenmuick parish, SW Aberdeenshire. Rising on Cairn Taggart, at an altitude of 3150 feet, near the Forfarshire border, it first dashes 17/8 mile east-south-eastward to wild and picturesque Dhu Loch (51/3 x 11/3 furl.; 2091 feet), thence hurries 2 miles east-by-southward to dark Loch Muick (2¼ miles x ½ mile; 1310 feet), and thence runs 95/8 miles north-north-eastward, till, ½ mile above Ballater Bridge and at 665 feet of altitude, it falls into the Dee. Midway it forms a fine waterfall, 36 feet high, the Linn of Muick; and everywhere it is very impetuous, no fewer than eight wooden bridges having been swept away at Birkhall during 1848-80. Alt-na-Giuthasach, the royal shootinglodge, stands near the foot of Loch Muick, on whose waters the Queen and Prince Albert were first rowed 30 Aug. 18 49. 'The scenery,' she wrote then, 'is beautiful, so wild and grand-real severe Highland scenery, with trees in the hollow;' and again, under date 7 Oct. 1863, 'Loch Muick looked beautiful in the setting sun as we came down, and reminded me of many former happy days I spent there.' The lake affords capital troutfishing, and the stream contains both salmon and smallish trout.—Ord. Sur., sh. 65, 1870.

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