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The river rises high in the Ladder Hills. It flows gently down through the village of Tomnavoulin and onto the Bridgend of Glenlivet, flowing under the ancient packhorse bridge before emptying into the River Avon, one of the main tributaries of the River Spey.
The name Livet may derive from the Gaelic liobh + ait meaning 'slippery' or 'smooth' + 'place'. Alternatively it has been suggested that it is either an early Gaelic or pre-Gaelic name signifying 'full of water' or 'floody'.
- Ross, D. 2001 Scottish Place-names, Birlinn, Edinburgh
- Nicolaisen, W.F.H. 1976, Scottish Place-Names: their study and significance, Batsford, London 1976
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