Monaltrie and Lower Invercauld


River Dee at Ballater


Five year average: 121 salmon/grilse
and 42 sea trout.

Monaltrie: 3 miles left bank fishing.
Maximum rods 3
2 huts.

Lower Invercauld: 7 miles left bank fishing.
Maximum rods: 3
1 main hut and 2 smaller huts


Since Storm Frank paid his unwelcome visit in December 2015 there was speculation that the Dee would be affected as a salmon fishing river. Happily, Monaltrie and Lower Invercauld and many other beats enjoyed a better season in 2016 than in 2015 and had we been fishing to full capacity the results would have been even better. We are grateful for the support of the many anglers who stuck with us until we could assess and rectify the damage and we are pleased to say that a lot of work has now been completed.
MONALTRIE This is a three mile stretch of the river skirting Ballater, on the LEFT bank, in beautiful surroundings and where you will find the famous pools of Mitchell, Garden, Ministers, Kate and Glashan to name but a few. There are also many other easily fished pools and exciting fly fishing runs. There is ample fishing for three rods. A new hut has just been built and an additional hut is being built at Mitchell. Much of the beat is reachable by car although a 4x4 is an advantage. The beat offers quiet peaceful fishing and a great place to enjoy a relaxing holiday. Most of our clients are regulars and some are third generation. We are always ready to greet new anglers whether beginners or those looking for a change of scene and we have a ready supply of rods, waders and equipment for hire. Ghillies are shared on the beats or can be hired for one to one companionship or help by arrangement.
LOWER INVERCAULD Three rods enjoy an exceptional length of fishing at around seven miles long. There is a comfortable newly restored luncheon hut and the beat enjoys exceptional scenery typical of the Upper Dee. There is a great variety of pools throughout the system and there is usually plenty of fishing available independent of water height. Amongst the many famous pools are Polslac, Kynoch, Boat, Shenval, John Brown, Cradle, Jock Robertson and Manse. The beats run on the LEFT bank from Balmoral bridge down to the confluence of the Gairn. Ghillies are shared as with Monaltrie and can be hired for extra help by arrangement.

Guidance notes. All anglers are asked to wear a floatation device and to consider carefully the health and safety advice given on arrival including the recommendations of the River Dee Code, especially the spraying and sterilising of waders and other equipment as deemed necessary. The latter will be carried out by your ghillie before fishing commences

Scotland/Dee Beat

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Salmon & Grilse

Sea Trout

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Mr John (Ian) Murray
Tel: 01339 755459
Mobile: 07889 887470