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South Esk, River

A river of Angus, the South Esk rises in the southern Grampians close to the border between Angus and Aberdeenshire. Its headstreams flow from the slopes of Broad Cairn and Cairn Bannoch and include the small corrie lochan of Loch Esk. In its upper reaches it is joined at Braedownie by the White Water which flows through Glen Doll. The river continues its southeast course through Glen Clova and is joined near the mouth of the glen by the Prosen Water. Flowing from the Braes of Angus into the wide valley of Strathmore, the South Esk meanders eastwards past Brechin before entering Montrose Basin through which it flows outwards to the North Sea by a narrow channel between Montrose and Ferryden. The total length of the river is almost 49 miles (79 km).


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