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Remains of a late 18th-century bridge over the River Livet

Glenlivet (Gaelic: Gleann Lìobhait) is the glen in the Highlands through which the River Livet flows.

The river rises high in the Ladder Hills, carves the glen as it flows down through the mountains and through the village of Tomnavoulin and onto the Bridgend of Glenlivet, passing under the remains of a late 18th-century bridge. Ultimately the river enters the River Avon.

Glenlivet is known for the Glenlivet Estate and the whisky The Glenlivet. The Battle of Glenlivet was fought on 3 October 1594.


The name 'Livet' may be derived from the Gaelic liobh and ait meaning "slippery" or "smooth" and "place".[1] Alternatively it has been suggested that it is either an early Gaelic or pre-Gaelic name meaning "full of water" or "floody".[2]


  1. Ross, D. 2001 Scottish Place-names, Birlinn, Edinburgh
  2. Nicolaisen, W.F.H. 1976, Scottish Place-Names: their study and significance, Batsford, London