The Ythan // is a river in the north-east of Scotland rising at Wells of Ythan near the village of Ythanwells and flowing south-eastwards through the towns of Fyvie, Methlick and Ellon before flowing into the North Sea near Newburgh, in Formartine. The name is believed to have originated from a Pictish word of Brythonic origin meaning gorse.
The lower reach of the river is known as the Ythan Estuary, a Special Protection Area for conservation, particularly the breeding ground of three tern species (common tern, little tern and Sandwich tern) (Lumina, 2004).
- Ythan Wells Roman Camp site
- Lumina Technologies, Ythan Estuary, Aberdeenshire,Aberdeen Library archives, June, 2004
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