River Fiddich

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The Fiddich by Upper Keithack

The River Fiddich (Gaelic: Fiodhach) is a right bank tributary of the River Spey in Banffshire. It rises on the eastern slopes of Corriehabbie Hill in Glenfiddich Forest and flows northeastwards beneath the A941 road, past Auchindown Castle.

Making a sharp bend (adjacent to the A920 road) it turns westwards to flow to Dufftown. The Fiddich is joined on the eastern edge of the town by the Dullan Water which drains Glen Rinnes. Their combined waters then flow generally northwestwards, passing beneath the B9014 road near Balvenie Castle and then the A95 at Craigellachie immediately before meeting the Spey.

The headwaters of the Dullan Water, the Burn of Favat and the Corryhabbie Burn, meet at Milltown of Laggan before flowing as the Dullan, northeastwards to Dufftown. There are distilleries adjacent to both rivers, notably that producing Glenfiddich whisky.


The name of the river appears to derive from that of an ancient province of Pictland by the name of Fidach. Fida may have been a pre-Gaelic personal name.[1]


  1. Ross, D. 2001 Scottish Place-names, Birlinn, Edinburgh