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River Tay
St. Matthew's Church and Smeaton's Bridge.jpg
Looking upstream (north) along the Tay from the centre of Perth
Other name(s) Tatha
Country United Kingdom
Constituent country Scotland
Physical characteristics
Main source Allt Coire Laoigh
Ben Lui, Scottish Highlands, UK
720 m (2,360 ft)
River mouth Firth of Tay, North Sea
Between Perth, Scotland and Dundee, Scotland, UK
0 m (0 ft)
Length 188 km (117 mi)
Basin features
Basin size 4,970 km2 (1,920 sq mi)
Tributaries
  • Left:
    River Lyon, River Tummel, River Isla
  • Right:
    River Almond, River Earn, River Braan

The River Tay (Scottish Gaelic: Tatha) is the longest river in Scotland and the seventh-longest in the United Kingdom. The Tay originates in western Scotland on the slopes of Ben Lui (Scottish Gaelic: Beinn Laoigh), then flows easterly across the Highlands, through Loch Dochart, Loch Iubhair and Loch Tay, then continues east through Strathtay (see Strath), in the centre of Scotland, then southeasterly through Perth, where it becomes tidal, to its mouth at the Firth of Tay, south of Dundee. It is the largest river in the UK by measured discharge. Its catchment is approximately 2,000 square miles (5,200 km2), the Tweed's is 1,500 square miles (3,900 km2) and the Spey's is 1,097 square miles (2,840 km2).

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