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

T’is the season to be jolly …..

  From everyone on the team at the Lower Dess Estate & The Mill of Dess Lodge We hope to see you here in 2018


SUNDAY 29TH APRIL – SATURDAY 6TH MAY INCL Exclusive Use of the stunning Mill of Dess Lodge 10 Guests Dinner, Bed & Breakfast 4 rods on 6 days  £10,200 Please contact Antonia McKinley on 01763 264249 or

The Ghillie’s Office !

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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There were 23 (!!!) fish caught on the Lower Dess beat whilst I was on annual leave. The largest was 12 lbs with several runners up around the 10lb mark. A Willie Gunn and various sizes of black fly assisted. NOTE TO SELF: Take more holidays! The fish seem to oblige when I’m not paying attention………. Early July has been busy and especially pleasing to report a…

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A Fantastic June On The Lower Dess Beat!

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 & released…

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Calling All Munroists

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:

Fish Are Like Buses! You Wait For Ages Then Three Come Along At Once

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!

Lower Dess Fishermen have some competition !

This morning our ghillie managed to film this family of otters playing in Mill Pool. Eoin counted two adult cubs and their mother enjoying the delights of the Lower Dess beat just below the steps at Mill Cottage.