Featured Estate Scotland River Dee

1380241_227886287374751_893638909_nThis weeks featured estate is on the River Dee.

Upper Blackhall is a prime salmon fishing beat situated 3 miles west of Banchory on the south bank of the Scottish Dee. It is perhaps the most private beat on the river within an area of outstanding beauty and abundance of wildlife.

The beat has 15 named pools and fishes well in high and low water. It is normally restricted to 3 rods, though if conditions are favourable the ghillie may allow 4 to fish.

The top hut overlooks the prestigious Scobboc pool which fishes in all heights of water. The Ferroch pool is opposite Cairnton and, with a large hut overlooking it, is a dream to fish besides being very productive in medium to low water. At the bottom of the beat is the Grey Mare which also fishes in all heights of water and is another substantial holding pool.

The beat is tended by Raymond Sinclair who has been the ghillie for 27 years and is a fountain of knowledge.

The 2020 season starts this weekend and the beat is full of hope for another good one! This year they have weeks available for fishing only, or combined with the house (The Stables) and the comforts it brings. Alternately, when the house is not being used by fishing parties, it is available for let.

The Stables sleeps 12 guests and was refurbished in 2015. The sitting room and dining room are spacious and comfortable and the new kitchen is very well equipped.

The house is looked after meticulously by the ghillie’s wife, Jenny and includes a housekeeper who can prepare breakfast and a picnic lunch if required. A cook is also available for evenings. All food must be purchased by the guest and a delivery service is available from Tesco’s.

The house and the help that goes with it make a real holiday for everyone and is ideal for families too.

Contact Venetia Mitchell on 07919 920508


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