Linn (geology)

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Linn of Dee from the East

In Scotland and northern England a Linn is a geographical water feature.

In Scotland it describes where a watercourse has cut through a shelf of hard rock creating a narrow (usually), steep-sided cut though which the watercourse runs.

Typically there is only one named Linn on any watercourse - although obviously - there may actually be more than one feature with the necessary attributes.

The photograph of the Linn of Dee illustrates the attributes of a typical 'Linn'.

In Gordon (1925) the author describing a walk down Glen Avon in the Cairngorms mentions two Linns on the River Avon - first:

A couple of miles below Faindouran Lodge the A'an is spanned by a bridge. Here the river is narrow, with foaming rapids and deep pools where salmon lie of a September day. Beside the Linn, on the damp granite ledges ...

— Gordon (1925) (p61)


At the Linn beside Inchrory the A'an thundered through its rocky gorge. Before midsummer salmon and grilse reach the deep pools of the Linn ...

— Gordon (1925) (p62-63)

A linn may also refer to a waterfall or a pool at the foot of a waterfall,[1] with the derivation a confusion of Scots Gaelic linne (pool) and Old English hlynn (torrent).[1]


  • Gordon, Seton (1925). The Cairngorm Hills Of Scotland. London, England.: Cassell and Company. 


Gazetteer for Scotland "Glossary:L". Retrieved 2 January 2008. England's Rock Art - Roughting Linn, Northumberland


  1. ^ a b Free - Linn