River Don, Aberdeenshire

River Don
River Don and Castle Forbes near Alford.
Origin Ladder Hills
Mouth Bridge of Don, Aberdeen
Basin countries Scotland
Length 82 miles (131 km)
Avg. discharge m³/s
Basin area km²

The River Don (Scottish Gaelic: Deathan) is a river in north-east Scotland. It rises in the Grampians and flows eastwards, through Aberdeenshire, to the North Sea at Aberdeen. The Don passes through Alford, Kemnay, Inverurie, Kintore, and Dyce. Its main tributary, the River Ury, joins at Inverurie.


  • Course of the river 1
  • Economy 2
  • History 3
  • See also 4
  • External links 5

Course of the river

The Don rises in the peat flat beneath Druim na Feithe, and in the shadow of Strathdon and the Howe of Alford before entering the North Sea just north of Old Aberdeen.

The chief tributaries are Conrie Water, Ernan Water, Water of Carvie, Water of Nochty, Deskry Water, Water of Buchat, Kindy Burn, Bucks Burn, Mossat Burn, Leochel Burn and the River Ury.


Strathdon attracts visitors for salmon and trout fishing as well as its castles and scenery.


The river was recorded by the 2nd century AD cosmographer Ptolemy of Alexandria (d. c 168) as Δηουανα Devona, meaning 'goddess', an indication the river was once a sacred one. Near Kintore, not distant from the Don, is the Deers Den Roman Camp. In 1750 the Don's lower reaches were channelled towards the sea, moving its confluence with the sea northwards.

See also

External links

  • Fishing the Fly
  • Fish-Wild!
  • The River Don Trust

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