River Deveron

From Wikishire
Jump to: navigation, search
The River Deveron near Inverkeithny

The River Deveron, known anciently as the Dovern, is a long river principally in Banffshire but also in Aberdeenshire at its source and middle reaches, forming on occasion the border between the two counties.

The river rises in in the Ladder Hills in Aberdeenshire and flows for 60 miles, from the hills down to the rolling lowlands of fertile farmland, to enter Banff Bay at Banff. The river has a fine has a reputation for its salmon, sea trout and brown trout fishing.

The upper reaches of the river have peaty water flows over a bottom of shingle and rock and is fast flowing.[1]

Course of the river

The river has its source on the slopes of the Hill of Three Stones in the Ladder Hills of Aberdeenshire between Glenbuchat and the Cabrach, part of the Grampian Mountains. It begins as a small highland stream among peaty and heather covered country and soon forms the border between the counties of Aberdeen and Banff, where its valley is followed by the A941, before entering the body of Banffshire.

The two main streams in its upper course are the Alt Deveron and the Black Water, which join in Banffshire. Before long it enters Banffshire fully.

Turning eastwards, the river enters Aberdeenshire and some 17 miles downstream from its source, the river passes through the town of Huntly, where it is joined by its tributary, the River Bogie.[2]

The Deveron is "the dark-rolling stream Duvranna" of James Macpherson's Ossian.[3]

Four miles further downstream the Deveron's second tributary, the River Isla flows in from the north-west, and form this point the river again forms the county border for a short while to Milltown of Rothiemay before wholly entering Banffshire (and again marking the border as it turns a circuit around Tower Hill). From this point on the Deveron becomes a mature river, pursuing a winding course to Turriff, taking border duty twice more, and finally flowing into the Moray Firth between the twin towns of Banff and Macduff.[2]


  1. "The Deveron". Turriff Tackle And Trophies. http://www.fishingthedeveron.co.uk/The_Deveron.htm. Retrieved April 23, 2006. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 The River Deveron District Salmon Fishery Board: The rivers
  3. Glass, Aberdeenshire: The Story of a Parish, James Godsman, 1970

Outside links