Many thanks to Frasers of Ellon for facilitating this camera's location and to The Ythan District Fishery Board for capitally funding its installation.
Furthermore, a strategically positioned Farson streaming webcam serves the purpose of monitoring water levels, high tides, and the potential for flooding. The etymology of the name "Ythan" remains uncertain; however, it is speculated to have originated from the Gaelic word 'Athan,' meaning a fordable river. Historical reports from approximately 220 AD referencing a river called 'Ituna' have been associated with the Roman presence in the area.The river Ythan originates from the convergence of small burns near Auchterless, specifically in the vicinity of Ythan Wells, situated at an elevation of approximately 800 feet above sea level. Spanning a length of approximately 39 miles, the river flows through the villages of Fyvie and Methlick, as well as the town of Ellon, before finally reaching the sea at Newburgh, located approximately 12 miles north of Aberdeen.Within Ellon, notable attractions include Ellon Castle Gardens, which have recently been rejuvenated by dedicated volunteers and are open to the public (refer to the website for the latest opening times). These gardens encompass historically significant features, such as a walled garden, yew trees dating back 500 years, and the remnants of the ancient Ellon Castle, along with its surrounding walls known as the Deer Dyke. Additionally, Ellon boasts the Auld Brig, a listed category A bridge spanning the Ythan, constructed in 1793 and still in use as a pedestrian bridge.Adjacent to the Ythan, the Riverside Park provides picturesque walkways where observers can witness the presence of herons, salmon, trout, and otters. In 2013, BrewDog invested £7.8 million to establish a brewery on a greenfield site located just outside of Ellon. This brewery employs environmentally conscious practices aimed at minimizing carbon emissions through the utilization of treatment plants, biogas technology, and, as of 2021, an anaerobic digestion plant. In 2016, an expansion project costing £5 million was undertaken, incorporating a new 300-hectolitre (hL) brew house into the brewery's infrastructure.