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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.

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 their sporting guests.


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.


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.


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

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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Tough work – but someone’s got to do it! After some very welcome rain in the early part of the week, a rising & dirty Dee did not deter a longstanding fishing tenant of the Lower Dess beat from landing two salmon (4lbs & 11lbs respectively) and a fine 3lb sea trout.
THREE FISH IN TWO HOURS !! Regular Dee rod Roy McGline repeated his historic success on the Lower Dess beat this week with the biggest fish of the season (so far…..). A magnificent 18lb salmon caught on a size 12 Sweep. Such was the excitement of the moment that there were not enough hands available to take a photo – so here is a picture...

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