Unwelcome visitors !

Anna, our wonderful Lodge Manager, was relieved when Eoin Smith swiftly and expertly removed this wasp nest from outside one of the South wing bathrooms. We were amazed at how well the nest camouflaged with the granite walls. Clever little things!

Toni & Mikey

We had a great stay in the Island room.  Very comfy and great views. Thank you July 2016

Aboyne Highland Games – Saturday 6th August

Theses traditional Highland games have taken place on Aboyne Green in the centre of the village since 1867. It is a day full of spectacle with massed pipe bands performing throughout the day as well as cabers being tossed,  all manner of stones being put and hammers thrown. The programme also includes Highland and sword dancing displays and fiddle playing. Proceedings conclude at 5pm with the…

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From Monday 6th – Saturday 25th February next year we are offering FREE use of the 4 rods on our Lower Dess beat for fishers who book the self-catering accommodation at our Mill Cottage Rates are £750 for a full week or £400 for 3 days (Su/Mon/Tues or Th/Fri/Sat) For more information, or to book, please contact Antonia McKinley on 01763 264249 or


10th-15th April 2017 Up to 4 rods fishing the Lower Dess beat and staying at the fabulous Mill of Dess Lodge (9th-16th) £1,500 per rod. Partner stays free. Price includes fishing, dinner, bed & breakfast For more information, or to book, please contact Antonia McKinley on 01763 264249 or


A UNIQUE ALL-IN-ONE INTERMEDIATE COURSE Ideal for improvers and those looking to upgrade from kitchen bridge. 15th – 20th September 2016 Based at Royal Deeside’s newest luxury Mill of Dess Lodge on the banks of the river Dee. For more information, or to book your place – call Antonia NOW on 01763 264249 or email

Poppies !

A glorious show of colour along the river bank this week.

The ultimate picnic spot!
Scottish Salmon Fishing Surgery

We were delighted to host Samantha and Sandip Datta from the fantastic SSFS who had a day on the Lower Dess beat at the end of June.  This dedicated online Scottish salmon fishing magazine also design tailor-made fly fishing holidays in Scotland and will be sending some of their clients to fish with us in the future. They took this rather charming and unusual photograph taken…

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Combined Weight of 60 lbs!

A party of three fishermen from Yorkshire have had a blinder of a week on the Lower Dess beat.  Seven fish in three days with a combined weight of 60 lbs (including a very serious 16 lb salmon). Once again the achingly accurate little black fly was responsible for all but the Big Fish (which was caught on a size 6 Ally Shrimp fly). Meanwhile,…

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