Fishing on the Dee

Effortlessly positioned for fishing the mid and lower Dee beats, Maryculter House is the picture-perfect base for your fishing trip.

To make the most of your fishing experience, why not organise a package which includes bed and breakfast in the hotel and 3 days’ fishing including a picnic lunch on the banks of the river?

As well as exclusive anglers’ day rates and special room rates, we can cater for your trip with beautiful seasonal menus, packed lunches, bothy buffets or hampers.

Corporate away days are also available – your guests can relish the experience of fishing one of the top spring salmon rivers in the country.

We can organise airport or train transfers and provide fishing equipment by prior arrangement.

Our beats support the River Dee conservation code. We request that guests adhere to the code guideline – all fish caught, whether salmon or sea trout, should be handled with care and returned to the river.

We take care of the details that bring our guests back time after time. Left with wet clothes after your day on the Dee? No problem – we can dry those for you.


The Tilbouries beat has been added to our fishing repertoire to complement our ever popular Culter beat. Fly-fishing is encouraged at all times and our resident Ghillie is able to provide tuition and advice for novice anglers.

Tilbouries is an attractive stretch of river with 1.5 miles of right bank fishing and 12 named pools offering excellent fly-fishing water, with a pool to suit all water heights. The beat has a well-appointed, comfortable fishing bothy with a wood-burning stove.

Some pools are particularly suited to beginners due to excellent wading, or the ability to fish from the bank. The famous Lawson pool which is reputed to be the longest pool on the Dee, also provides easy wading. For more experienced anglers there is the challenging Alfred’s Pot which can be very productive.

The Tilbouries run leading to Alfred’s Pot is a delightful piece of streamy water which produces good numbers of fish in the summer. The beat also offers a great opportunity for anglers who want to challenge themselves by casting a longer line. Due to the close proximity to the sea, just 12 miles away, the beat produces good numbers of fresh salmon.

Contact our resident Ghillie, Nicol Paton, on 07833671743 for more information, and to book contact


The Culter Beat is directly downstream from the hotel and runs down to the old Maryculter Bridge. At over one mile long, it offers a wide variety of pools to fish. The beat features a drying room and rod box.

Due to the length of the fishing season, the beat offers a wide variety of fishing opportunities to suit all budgets. In the spring the water is cold and fresh run spring salmon can be found in the pools. During the summer months there are opportunities to catch running salmon, grilse and sea trout.

The beat has fly fishing pools, including the very productive Peter’s Pot, Greenbank, High Bank and Camphill. Given suitable conditions, the beat has the potential to produce significant salmon catches.

With fishing from both banks and reasonable wading to cover the lies, the beat will suit the mobile fly fisher. In late summer the pools can fill up with large numbers of fresh fish which will spawn in the lower river later in the year.

Fishing on the Culter beat must be booked at least two weeks in advance. Please contact to book.

Ardoe and Murtle

The record Dee fish of 56lb was caught on Ardoe water by the ghillie in the Autumn of 1886.

Situated just three and a half miles outside Aberdeen, this fishery consists of about 1.5 miles of double bank, and contains 15 named pools, many of which are very long and can comfortably accommodate more than one angler.

With salmon running throughout the season, and sea trout and finnock joining them from April onwards, this could be deemed a fisherman’s paradise!  The beat is renowned for an excellent Autumn run, and when the Spring fishing returns to its former glory, Ardoe and Murtle should be amongst the first beats to benefit.

In the recent past the fishery was run as a timeshare and very little fishing had taken place in spring and summer, and only light fishing throughout the year, so catch statistics are not truly representative of the potential catches. Night sea trout fishing can be good in May to July.

Spinning is permitted on Ardoe and Murtle, strictly in accordance with the River Dee Conservation Code.

Ardoe has a total of 7 pools and Murtle has 8. Most pools are readily fished from the bank, the remainder fished by waders in safe conditions. Many of the individual pools are very long, and on several of them more than one rod can comfortably fish a pool. Some pools fish best in high water and some in low water, offering prime fishing in most water conditions.

Located in the heart of the beat, there is a splendid Scandinavian-style day chalet with its own private car park. The chalet provides you with all the facilities you will need to make your day’s fishing complete: WC, wader room and secure rod racks available.

There is no full-time Ghillie on this beat, but we can arrange to have a Ghillie in attendance.  Contact for further information and to book.

Ready for your next fishing trip? Get in touch to discuss your experience.

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