As a salmon fishing river the Spey hardly needs
any introduction. It speeds from hill to sea
through Speyside passing tiny crofts and historic
castles. Highland cattle and native sheep pepper
the landscape and the Speyside Malt Whisky Trail
trickles life into the area.
Rising from the vicinity of little Loch Spey, at
more than 300m, south of the Corrieyairack
Forest, 18 miles west of Newtonmore and 10
miles south of Fort Augustus, the power of the
Spey begins. Running for just over 100 miles in
length to Spey Bay on the coast, this most
magnificent of salmon rivers diverts through
heather hills, farmland and villages, skirting rocky
outcrops, all the while swirling round and under a
variety of picturesque bridges.
Visitors and locals alike embrace the beauty,
natural environment and changes each season
brings to Speyside and for Heidi Sands, capturing
the spirit of Speyside on film for others to enjoy
has been a privilege and a passion.
Born in rural Lancashire Heidi Sands
has spent the last 20 years living and
working on Speyside in north east
Scotland. Her writing career took off
in 1995. Contributing more than 300
illustrated articles to UK wide magazines
with equine, rural or agricultural
themes, she studied art and design,
including photographic studies, at
Preston Polytechnic and Blackpool and
Fylde College in the 1980s. Farming in
partnership with her husband, Heidiís
interests include native ponies and fell
walking in the Lake District.
Imprint: PiXZ Books. ISBN 978 1 906887 77 3, hardback, 110x155mm, 64 pages. Published March 2010.