River Don, Grampian

River Don
The River Don is a river that runs through the northeast of Scotland, heading eastwards through Aberdeenshire. It has its source high up in the Grampians in a peat flat beneath Druim na Feithe, in the shadow of Glen Avon. It then flows down past the ice-age moraine and on to Cock Bridge. The Don passes through Alford , Kemnay, Inverurie , Kintore, and Dyce and then on to the the North Sea just north of Old Aberdeen at Bridge of Don. The Donís main tributary, the River Ury, joins it at Inverurie but early in its formation several streams, the Dhiver, Feith Bhait, Meoir Veannaich, Cock Burn and the Allt nan Aighean, all combine to swell the forming Don. The other main tributaries are Conrie Water, Ernan Water, Water of Carvie, Water of Nochty, Deskry Water, Water of Buchat, Kindy Burn, Bucks Burn, Mossat Burn and Leochel Burn. The river was recorded as far back as the 2nd century AD by cosmographer Ptolemy of Alexandria. His name for the river indicated that the Don was then considered sacred. In 1750 work on the Don's lower reaches moved its confluence with the sea northwards. The river is famous for fishing, with trout and salmon being the most popular target of the visiting anglers.

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