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lenaven, the upper part, or the whole, of the Highland vale of the river Aven, in S Banffshire. On 5 Sept. 1860 the Queen and Prince Consort rode 8 miles up it from Tomintoul to Inchrory, and thence 3 miles onward to Loch Builg. Her Majesty describes 'the road winding at the bottom of the glen, which is in part tolerably wide, but narrows as it turns and winds towards Inchrory, where it is called Glenaven. The hills, sloping down to the river side, are beautifully green. It was very muggy - quite oppressive - and the greater part of the road deep and sloppy, till we came upon the granite formation again. . . . We passed by Inchrory - seeing, as we approached, two eagles towering splendidly above, and alighting on the top of the hills.' The upper part of the vale, called specially Glenaven, constitutes the southern or alpine division of Kirkmichael parish, and is disposed as a deer forest of the Duke of Richmond and Gordon.Ord. Sur., shs. 74, 75, 85, 1877-76.
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