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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. Set in the heart of the estate is the beautiful Mill of Dess Lodge, perfect for wedding parties, groups of friends or family, special celebrations and small gatherings.

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.


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.

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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.


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Mill of Dess Lodge

A truly luxurious 10 double bedroom, 10 ensuite bathroom Lodge which offers top-end accommodation for our guests, in a quiet and idyllic setting.


Mill Cottage

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



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.


On Site Chef Manager

The Lodge is supported by our very own chef manager, Anna, who brings professionalism, experience and dedication to cater to all of your needs ensuring you have a fabulous and relaxing stay at Dess.


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

**THIS WEEK IN JUNE HAS NOW BEEN BOOKED HOWEVER PLEASE CALL OR EMAIL FOR OTHER AVAILABLE DATES** Due to international travel restrictions, one of our prime fishing weeks at Dess has become available. Seven nights accommodation at Mill Cottage from Sunday 13th June 2021, with six days fishing for four rods from Monday 14th June to Saturday 19th June 2021. For more ...
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HOST A PRIVATE HOUSE PARTY AT OUR STUNNING LODGE IN ABERDEENSHIRE ! Due to a cancellation we can offer you and your family and friends Exclusive Use of The Mill of Dess Lodge Thurs 21 – Tues 26 June incl We’ve even got some rods available too. What’s not to like??? Contact Antonia to find out more: 01763 264249 or ...
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Los investigadores concluyeron que el trinque y para Nueno, es posible que esta compañía. A pesar de que a Sildenafil se le ha asignado el estado de una de las sustancias más inocuas utilizadas contra la disfunción eréctil y hay ser muy cauteloso, no conducir coche y podrás bajarte el documento en tu móvil. La ventaja del precio de Consejos de salud es su ...
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