Descriptive Gazetteer Entry for Den Fenella

Den Fenella, a romantic ravine, traversed by a burn, in Garvock and St Cyrus parishes, Kincardineshire. It commences about 1½ mile E by S of Laurencekirk, and extends 3½ miles south-eastward to the sea, at a point 1 ½ mile SW of Johnshaven. It took its name from Fenella or Finvela, daughter of the Earl of Angus, in the time of Kenneth III.; and here she is said to have been slain by her pursuers as she fled from Kincardine Castle, after the murder of the king at Fettercairn through her treachery (995). Its beauties of crag and chasm and wooded bank have often been celebrated in prose and verse; near its mouth is a beautiful waterfall, 65 feet in leap; and its stream is spanned by a handsome bridge and by the viaduct of the Bervie railway.

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

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Feature Description: "a romantic ravine"   (ADL Feature Type: "canyons")
Administrative units: St Cyrus ScoP       Kincardineshire ScoCnty

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