River Earn

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The River Earn from Forteviot bridge

The River Earn (Gaelic: Uisge Eireann) flows for some 46 miles through Perthshire. The river rises in Loch Earn in the Breadalbane Hills of Perthshire, its head as it leaves the loch at St Fillans.

The river runs east through Strathearn, then east and south, falling into the River Tay near Abernethy. On its course the Earn passes by Comrie, Crieff and Bridge of Earn. It is joined by the River Farg at Forteviot.

The river is fast flowing, with many shoals, and is not navigable for any of its length. The surrounding land is generally flat and is occasionally subject to flooding.

The Earn is popular with anglers and fishing permits are usually required.

Near to the River Earn lay the ancient Strageath Roman Camp. This camp was one of a series of camps used by the Romans to construct their invasion of the north; other notable camps in this chain are Ardoch, Stracathro, Battledykes, Raedykes and Normandykes.


Strathearn is the valley in which the River Earn flows from Loch Earn.

The valley has also given a royal title, generally in combination with another, as the Duke of Cumberland and Strathearn, the Duke of Kent and Strathearn and the Duke of Connaught and Strathearn. Prince William was created Duke of Cambridge and Earl of Strathearn on 29 April 2011, the day of his wedding to Catherine Middleton.

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