River Braan

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Bran or Braan (Gael. braon, ` river of drizzling rain '), a river of Perthshire. It issues from the E end of Loch Freuchie in Dull parish, and flows east-north-eastward along Strathbran, past Amulree and through the parish of Little Dunkeld, to the river Tay, a little above Dunkeld bridge. Its length from Loch Freuchie is about 11 miles; but, measured from the sources of the Quaich, which falls into that lake, is fully 19 miles. A turbulent and impetuous stream, it rushes along a bed of rocks or large loose stones; traverses a glen or vale of narrow and romantic character; and altogether presents a strong contrast, in both its current and its flanks, to the Tay. Numerous lakelets and tarns lie along the braes on its flanks, some of them containing good trout, others pike and perch. The Bran itself is a capital trouting stream, and is celebrated for its cascades and its romantic scenery. A fall of about 85 feet, a sheer leap at a wild chasm into a dark caldron, occurs at the Rumbling Bridge, 2½ miles from the river's mouth; and a cataract, long, tumultuous, and foaming, occurs at Ossian's Hall, about a mile lower down.—Ord. Sur., sh. 47, 1869. See pp. 210-212 of Dorothy Wordsworth's Tour in Scotland (ed. by Princ. Shairp, 1874).

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