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A PERFECT SCOTTISH RETREAT
Close to Aberdeen & Balmoral
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WELCOME TO LOWER DESS ESTATE

The Lower Dess estate lies in Royal Deeside on the north side of the river Dee with uninterrupted views over the valley to the Forest of Birse. The estate enjoys a very private and secluded position in a totally unspoilt rural setting and yet is close to Aberdeen.

The 428 acre estate was purchased in 2011 by Jeremy and Jenny Clayton who, in becoming Scottish landowners, were fulfilling a life-long dream. Influenced by generations of sportsmen, this Hertfordshire couple were delighted to find themselves owners of 2.25 miles of some of the best Spring and Summer Salmon fishing on the Dee with excellent Sea Trout in June and August. The beat has 18 named pools.

FEATURED NEWS

Calling All Munroists

The Mill of Dess Lodge is the perfect base camp for your climb up Lochnagar and Mount Keen. Prepare for the climb in comfort and style at Lower Dess Estates. And when you return you can relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the River Dee.

Click the button below to visit our blog post and watch some great drone footage of the Munros.

Click to Watch Munro Drone Footage

AERIAL VIEW OF LOWER DESS

Click on Ed Shepherd’s amazing drone footage for a magical tour of the Lower Dess beat & estate. It’s almost as good as being there.

OUR SERVICES

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Mill of Dess Lodge

A truly luxurious 10 double bedroom, 10 ensuite bathroom Lodge which offers top-end accommodation for their sporting guests.

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Mill Cottage

Immediately adjacent to the river bank, this stone cottage sleeps four people in two twin bedrooms which is equipped for self-catering.

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Fishing

The fishing at Lower Dess is on an exceptionally attractive, secluded left bank stretch of the river Dee which can be fished at low, medium and high water.

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Fully Staffed

The Lodge is supported by our very own Chef, Housekeeper and Gardener. Their professionalism and dedication will cater to all of your needs to ensure you enjoy a relaxing stay at Dess.

GALLERY

Mill of Dess Lodge
Mill Cottage
The River

I have stayed in many Scottish lodges (and country hotels in Scotland) over the years. Dess has to be the best thought out and most comfortable of them all. A triumph!

Simon Thorley QC, October 2015

Latest Blog Posts

The lack of rain has presented our rods with (more than) challenging conditions in the last month or so. It’s amazing what a serious bit of rain can do. The river rose by more than 2ft and, once the peat stain had cleared, the fishing conditions have been borderline perfect. So have the results! Here are just a few of the cracking fish caught & ...
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The Mill of Dess Lodge is the perfect base camp for your climb up Lochnager and Mount Keen. Prepare for the climb in comfort and style at Lower Dess Estates. And when you return you can relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the River Dee. Can’t wait to see the view from the top? See some spectacular drone footage below:
A triumphant last day of the family fishing holiday. The final return was a sea trout (a first ever fish for James) and TWO salmon for Stuart who almost needed a torch for his last fish – a 10lb salmon caught at the eleventh hour. Well done the team!