River Avon, Falkirk

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River Avon
Aqueduct over the River Avon, Falkirk
Countries Scotland, United Kingdom
Region Falkirk
 - location Cumbernauld, North Lanarkshire
 - location Grangemouth, Falkirk
Length 31 km (19 mi)

The River Avon is a river in Falkirk, Scotland. It originates from the Fannyside Lochs in North Lanarkshire, some 3 miles (5 km) east of Cumbernauld.[1] It flows through Avonbridge, through the Avon Gorge, through Muiravonside Country Park, Falkirk, past the west of Linlithgow and enters the Firth of Forth near Grangemouth. It is 19 miles (31 km) in length.[1]

The Avon Aqueduct—Scotland's longest navigable aqueduct—carries the Union Canal above the river.[2]

Like other rivers of this name throughout Britain, the name Avon simply means 'river', derived from Scottish Gaelic abhainn, or Brythonic (i.e. Old Welsh) afon.

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  1. ^ a b Royal Scottish Geographical Society, (2006), Scotland: an encyclopedia of places & landscapes, page 39
  2. ^ "Avon, River". Gazeteer for Scotland. Retrieved 24 August 2014. 

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Coordinates: 56°00′37″N 3°40′35″W / 56.01014°N 3.67647°W / 56.01014; -3.67647