Middle Drum


Middle Drum, near Peterculter


Five year average: 41 salmon/grilse
and 10 sea trout
1 mile left bank
6 pools, 1 ghillie, 1 huts, wc
Maximum rods: 4
Price range: £50 to £70 per rod/day

The beat follows the River Dee conservation code.


Middle Drum is a Lower Dee beat situated between Peterculter and Drumoak offering approximately 1 mile of fishing from the left bank where there is very little wading required.

As the beat is mainly fished from the bank it is an ideal beat for novice and elderly fishers alike.

Middle Drum is a beat that can produce early season sport for spring salmon, good grilse and salmon sport in the summer and autumn.

With lifts of water levels, evening sea trout fishing can be good.

The beat, which is opposite Tilbouries, has a very comfortable bothy with heating and catering facilities for teas and coffees as well as a toilet.

There is seating provided outside and there are some benches on the beat.

The full time experienced ghillie is Shane Christie who knows the beat intimately and he uses his wealth of knowledge tohelp his anglers get in about the salmon.

There is a super lower pool on the beat called the Lawson which is approximately 750 metres long. The fish lie close into the Middle Drum bank and are easily covered with a short cast.

This pool is fished from the bank with comfortable walkways and mown grass areas down the length of it

The main upper pool is called Cairnton and is again a good pool at the neck and tail for salmon and sea trout.

Fishing at Middle Drum is predominately by fly but spinning is permitted in the spring.
1a. From Aberdeen take A93 east through the town of Peterculter , after a mile or so you will find a long straight of over a mile long at the far end of which take a left after the bus shelter this road is sign posted as Dalmaik. (go to 2)
1b. From Banchory take A93 west through the village of Drumoak, after a mile or so take road on right sign posted Dalmaik.
2. you will see the SSPCA cat & dog home on your left.
Stay on this road for approx one mile until you reach small crossroads.
3. Turn left here up a slight incline and take the second farm road on your right. This farm road is sign posted Middle Drum Fishings. Follow road past farm to car park and fishing hut. For SatNav purposes the farm is East Cairnton Farm AB31 5AS.

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Shane Christie
Tel: 07768 603702