River Don - Scotland

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The Alford Angling Association waters.

2 beats on the middle/upper Don. Waterside 1.1 miles left bank and Haughton 1.1 miles right bank. For beat maps click on 'Links'

Over two miles of excellent fishing, 10 named pools.

The Haughton beat produced the first salmon caught on the River Don in 2018 season.

Good car parking and access. Great local facilities including accommodation.

Alford Angling Association was formed by a group of enthusiastic residents in 2018 to manage the two beats at Alford, previously run by Aberdeenshire Council.

Permits cover both beats and include fishing on over two miles of the river, with 10 named pools and a great variety of streams and glides offering excellent opportunities for both salmon and brown trout anglers.

Salmon fishing (11 Feb - 31 Oct) is good in favourable water conditions with spring fish running from the start of the season, a summer grilse run from May to August and larger fish towards the end of the season. In 2018, one of the club members, fishing the Haughton beat, caught the first salmon on the whole of the River Don – a 15lb fresh run salmon.

Sea Trout start to appear in June through to the end of the season.

The River Don is internationally renowned for its wild Brown Trout fishing (1 Apr-6 Oct). Spectacular Brownies up to 3lb are not uncommon and much larger ones in excess of 5lb are caught every year.

Sunday fishing is permitted for brown trout only and to encourage junior anglers to take up sport worming is allowed.

Day fishing permits
Salmon & Sea Trout:
£25.00(Adult), £15(>65yrs), £10(<16yrs)

Wild Brown Trout
£15.00(Adult). Pls call fishpal direct to book concessions for trout fishing: £10(>65yrs), £5(<16yrs) or you can buy tickets at shops in Alford (Post Office, Everlong Art Gallery), Aberdeen (Somers) and Glenkindie Post Office.

Season permits are also available by contacting
(Adults £125, Seniors £65, Juniors £20)

Car parking is available next to both of the beats (see beat maps) and most of the pools are accessible from the bank but some wading may be necessary.

Near to the river is the village of Alford, home of the world popular Aberdeen Angus cattle breed, which has a full range of facilities including a hotel, pub, restaurants and a wide range of shops including a supermarket.

Also situated in Alford, The Grampian Transport Museum, Alford Heritage Centre and nearby Craigievar Castle (the inspiration for Walt Disney's fairy tale castle) are all popular visitor attractions. Haughton Country Park is a large and popular green space with a caravan park and woodland walks.

Alford also has an 18 hole tree lined golf course.

It is a condition of both full and day membership that anglers observe the fishing rules of the Association and complete a catch return.

Fishing Catch returns should be made by e-mailing (title your e-mail 'Catch Returns') or by post to: Alford Angling Association, c/o West Eninteer Farm, Muir of Fowlis, Alford AB33 8PA


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