Leave Fochabers and turn right/north on to the Speybay road. After about 1.5 miles, turn left on to the dirt track, and open the gate which has a Fochabers Angling Association sign on it and combination lock. The Forestry Commission insists that you must close and lock the gate.
Follow the track until you come to two riverbank huts. This is Cumberland Pool in the middle of the beat. Most pools on this side can be accessed by vehicle and you can park by the side of the pool of your choice. However, there has been riverbank flood damage, as yet unrepaired, and sometimes access on foot for a shorth distance is required.
A backwater must be crossed to access the Quarry Pool - 4x4 recommended.
Leave Fochabers, cross the Spey bridge, past Baxters, and take the first road on your right, signposted Essil. This is 0.6 miles past the bridge. Drive for 1.2 miles, past the Red Kirk on the corner on your right (at 0.6 mile), and you will come to the Association’s car park on your right after another 0.6 mile. You must park your car here and walk down to the river.
There is no vehicular access to the riverbank from this side, and those wishing to fish the bottom pools, have a longer, though easy walk. Hey – get some exercise! It is a 10 minute walk to cumberland and another 10 minutes to Braehead. This is a designated "special area of conservation" and you must stick to the well defined paths.
About 100 meters or so from the car park, you have the choice of bearing left and negotiating a steep slope of about 30 feet....a rough pathway has been cut out, but it is still steep. Alternatively, bear right for an easier but longer route....or to fish the Quarry Tail of Groynes.
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