Black Water

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Blackwater or Rasay, a small river in the SW of Ross-shire. It rises on the Derrymore Mountains, at the head of Strathvaich; runs about 14 miles south-south-eastward, under the name of Garve, along Strathvaich, past the W side of Ben Wyvis, and along Strathgarve to Loch Garve; issues from the foot of that lake under the name of Blackwater or Rasay; and runs about 5 miles south-south-eastward to a confluence with the Conan at Moy. Its waters have a dark colour, and they contain pike, large trout, and dark-coloured salmon, and afford prime rod-fishing. A cascade, called the Falls of Rogie, occurs on the river a little below Loch Garve, amid rich accompaniments of rock and wood; and presents considerable resemblance to the famous falls of Tivoli in Italy.

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