Descriptive Gazetteer Entry for Lyon

Lyon, a river of Breadalbane district, Perthshire. Rising among alpine mountains, close to the Argyllshire border, at an altitude of 2400 feet above sea-level, and 5 miles NNE of Tyndrum, it first runs 4 miles northward, under the name of Abhainn Ghlas or Avonglass, to the head of Loch Lyon (1¾ x ¼ mile; 1100 feet), after issuing from which it proceeds 30 ¼ miles east-north-eastward, along Glenlyon, and mainly through or along the confines of Fortingall parish, till, after a total descent of 2090 feet, it falls into the Tay at a point 9 furlongs NNE of Taymouth Castle, and 2¾ miles below the Tay's own efflux from Loch Tay. Its tributaries are very numerous, but most of them are mere impetuous torrents of only a few furlongs to 3 miles in length of course. The chief are the Allt Conait, running 81/8 miles east-by-southward, through Lochs Dhamh and Girre, and entering its N side 1¾ mile SW of Meggernie Castle; and Keltney Burn, running 87/8 miles east-by-northward and south-south-eastward to a point 1½ mile above the Lyon's confluence with the Tay. Its waters make two considerable cascades; and they contain valuable pearl mussels and plenty of capital trout, besides salmon, grilse, and sea-trout.—Ord. Sur., shs. 46, 54, 55, 1869-73.

(F.H. Groome, Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland (1882-4); © 2004 Gazetteer for Scotland)

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