Many thanks to Frasers of Ellon for facilitating this camera's location and to The Ythan District Fishery Board for capitally funding its installation.. The origin of the name Ythan is unclear but may be derived from the gaelic word ‘Athan’ meaning Ford suggesting a fordable river. Reference to a river called ‘Ituna’ is made in some old reports relating to the times of the Roman presence in the area approximately 220AD. The river Ythan originates from a convergence of small burns in the vicinity of Ythan Wells near Auchterless at approximately 800ft above sea level. The river is approximately 39 miles long running through the villages of Fyvie and Methlick and the town of Ellon to reach the sea at Newburgh some 12 miles north of Aberdeen.