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River Tweed
The River Tweed at Coldstream
Country  United Kingdom
Part  Scotland,  England
Source Tweed's Well
 - location Tweedsmuir, Scottish Borders, Scotland
 - coordinates 55°26′42″N 3°29′46″W / 55.445°N 3.496°W / 55.445; -3.496
Mouth North Sea
 - location Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, England
 - coordinates 55°45′55″N 1°59′27″W / 55.7652°N 1.9909°W / 55.7652; -1.9909
Length 156 km (97 mi)

The River Tweed (Scottish Gaelic: Abhainn Thuaidh) is 97 miles (156 km) long and flows primarily through the Borders region of England and Scotland. It rises on Tweedsmuir at Tweed's Well near where the Clyde, draining northwest, and the Annan draining south also rise. "Annan, Tweed and Clyde rise oot the ae hillside" as the Border saying has it. It drains the entire Borders region. Its lower reaches mark the Scottish border with England for 27 kilometres (17 mi) near Berwick-upon-Tweed. The Tweed is one of the great salmon rivers of Great Britain.

Major towns through which the Tweed flows include Peebles, Galashiels, Melrose, Kelso, Coldstream and Berwick-upon-Tweed, where it flows into the North Sea.

The River Tweed at Abbotsford, near Melrose.
The River Tweed from Mertoun House, near St Boswells.

The Tweed valley is also a very interesting area when it comes to looking at the glacial history of Britain. The valley floor on which the river currently flows is a drumlin field and is the relic of a paleo ice stream that flowed through the area during the last glaciation.

River Tweed is the only river in England where an Environment Agency rod licence is not required for angling.

Catchment of the River Tweed

Catchment and tributaries of the River Tweed.

Tweed tributaries include:

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