Residential Painting Course

This painting course is the perfect artistic escape for both beginners and more experienced artists looking for fresh inspiration in a beautiful setting. You will be able to draw and paint at your own pace, experiencing excellent food and accommodation in Glorious Royal Deeside. For full details on this course please read this PDF

Official Whopper Of The Season (so far…..)

This beautiful 20lb salmon was caught in one of the Lower Dess pools this week with a Golden Gunn size 8 fly.

Welsh fly scores on the Dee!

A TWO INCH “THE REVEREND MOLE” FLY This fly from the River Usk in Wales, and new even to our ghillie, was used with tremendous effect by our visiting  rod Michael Pearce to catch an 8lb salmon



The very minute your copy of the fantastic Countryside Alliance Autumn magazine hits your doormat, open it immediately and turn to pages 44 & 45 to read an excellent feature on our Lower Dess Estate.


A happy fisher caught this nice 9lb fish on Tuesday with a size 6 cascade. He plans to return to our Lower Dess beat for further success.

First Ever Salmon !

After a very welcome 1 foot rise in the river level today, I am very happy to report that Mrs Jane Blevin caught her first ever salmon in Jock Rae this afternoon on a size 8 Green Highlander fly.  The fish was a coloured cock salmon of 9lbs

A Salmon A Day ….

A delighted local fisher caught these two beauties on two consecutive days this weekend. The top fish is a 12 lb coloured salmon caught with a large black fly. The second fish is a splendid 15lb salmon. This splendid fresh fish was taken on a light rod and a very small size 16 micro stoat.

Butterflies on Buddleia

Our ghillie, Eoin Smith, sent me these wonderful photos of butterflies on the Buddleia close to the river bank. The peacock, red admiral and small tortoiseshell are the first he has seen this summer – they have been very scarce this year. What a treat!

Another busy week on the Dess beat


George Goodchild SunsetThis wonderful sunset was taken by our star fisher of the week, George Goodchild, who landed 3 grilse each around the 4lb mark and all with the wee black fly.

Another Lower Dess fisher landed a lovely 6lb salmon but, much to his annoyance,  it scarpered before he could secure photographic evidence.


SILLY B&B RATES – FEBRUARY/MARCH 2017 To celebrate the new fishing season, the Lower Dess Estate is offering top end accommodation at the luxury Mill of Dess Lodge near Aboyne at seriously discounted rates. After a cold day on the river, treat yourself to lashings of hot water, an epically comfortable bed and a proper Scottish breakfast to send you back out to the beat…

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