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Salmon Fishing - River Don


O. S. Map 37, 38

The upper course of the River Don, rising in the Grampian mountains, is steep and the river flows quickly through wooded slopes, joined on the way by a number of tributaries. Some way below Alford, the gradient slows and the Don flows from this point more sedately through more gentle farmland, providing some of the best trout fishing in the country. At Inverurie, the Don is joined by the Urie, its most important tributary and one with a reputation for sea trout. Some 16 miles further on, the Don enters the North Sea at Bridge of Don just to the north of Aberdeen.

The Don has retained a bit of a spring run of salmon, with the early catches taken mainly from the lower river by both fly and spinner. During the summer and autumn, salmon and grilse can be encountered throughout the river, with the upper beats most productive in September and October. Sea trout provide sport through the summer months. There are in excess of sixty beats on the river, many of them available to visiting anglers, either by the day or week. Upwards of 1000 salmon can be taken in a season and a salmon permit will cost anywhere between 15 and 80 depending on beat and time of year. 

Trout Fishing

The upper river, while producing fewer salmon than the lower beats, excels in the quality of its brown trout fishing. The upper beats from Alford down to Monymusk providing some excellent and varied fly water. Trout of around 2 pounds, and sometimes, bigger, are regularly caught. Dry fly fishing in May and June can be very productive. Brown trout fishing is available for around 10 per day.


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River Don

A few Photographs of the River Don

River Don at Glenkindie River Don fishing at Glenkindie

River Don at Glenkindie

River Don Trout Fishing

River Don at Kildrummy River Don trout fishing at Kildrummy

River Don at Kildrummy

Trout Fishing River Don

River Don at Monymusk Trout Fishing on the River Don at Monymusk

River Don at Monymusk

Monymusk Fishing, River Don

River Don Trout Fishing River Don at Kemnay

River Don Trout Fishing

 The River Don at Kemnay

River Don at Backhill River Don fishing  at Backhill

River Don Salmon Fishing

River Don Fishing at Backhill

River Don salmon fishing, Backhill River Don at Inverurie

Salmon Fishing, River Don

 River Don at Inverurie

River Urie River Urie at Inverurie

The River Urie at Inverurie

The River Urie

River Don Salmon Catches

See also Scottish Salmon and Sea Trout Catches

Angling Clubs and Associations

Aberdeen and District Angling Association

The association manages 30 miles of salmon and trout fishing on the Rivers, Don, Dee and Ythan.

Daily Visitor permits (i.e. not a resident within 25 miles of Aberdeen) for salmon and sea trout are currently available or a weekly (seven days excluding Sunday) "Roving" ticket covering:

  • Upper and Lower Parkhill on the River Don

  • Upper and Lower Fintray on the River Don

  • Kemnay on the River Don

  • Upper Stoneywood on the River Don

  • Balbithan and Torryburn on the River Don

  • Belmuir and Methlick beats on the River Ythan

Upper River Don Fishing Map

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Upper River Don Fishing Map


Middle River Don

Middle River Don Fishing Map


Lower River Don

Lower River Don Fishing Map


The maps on this website have been reproduced with the permission of Collins Bartholomew. Please note that these maps may date back several decades. Much of the human detail will have changed but the character of the rivers and lochs, and the trout and salmon in them, will be much the same as they have always been.

In addition to the information provided here, I would recommend that anyone planning a fishing or walking trip in Scotland should equip themselves with a compass and the appropriate Ordnance Survey map. The most useful of the O.S. maps for the fisherman is the Landranger series, scale 1:50,000. For each of the lochs and rivers listed here, I have given the relevant O.S. Map number. 

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