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Don, River

River Don at Balgownie
©2016 Gazetteer for Scotland

River Don at Balgownie

A river of Aberdeenshire, the Don rises in headstreams in the NE Grampians between Glen Avon and Cock Bridge. It follows a circuitous route eastwards for 82 miles (131 km) through Strathdon and the Howe of Alford before entering the North Sea just north of Old Aberdeen. Its chief tributaries are the Conrie, Carvie, Leochel, Ernan, Nochty, Bucket, Kindy and Ury. In 1750 the Don's lower reaches were channelled towards the sea, moving its confluence with the sea northwards.


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