Facts and figures


Braemar is officially one of the coldest places in the UK. The lowest ever temperature in Britain, -27.2 degrees C, was recorded there in 1982.


  • Total length of the River Dee and it's tributaries: 1644.9 km
  • Length of the main stem: 141 km (88 miles)
  • The source of the Dee is at 1309 metres, the highest source of any major river in the British Isles
  • Catchment area: 2108.21 km2 (885 square miles)
  • A journey round the catchment perimenter: over 300 km
  • Average flow: 47.1 cumecs (at Park) - the equivalent of an olympic swimming pool full of water every 53 seconds
  • Highest mountain: Braeriach
  • Number of main tributaries: 17 (or so!)
  • Mar Lodge estate covers 29,000 hectares, and incorporates 15 Munros (mountains which exceed 914 m), including five of the highest peaks in the UK

Find a map of the river here:http://www.fishpal.com/Scotland/Dee/Map.asp?dom=Dee

And maps are available of the Salmon Pools: http://www.fishingwithstyle.co.uk/salmonrivermaps.htm


  • The River Dee and its tributaries provide domestic water supply for the whole of Aberdeen City and over half of Aberdeenshire.
  • Over 300,000 people drink water supplied by the River Dee each day.


  • The River Dee is an internationally important environment for wildlife and is designated a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) for supporting populations of Atlantic salmon, otter and freshwater pearl mussel.
  • The upper half of the River Dee lies within the Cairngorms National Park that is a stronghold for British wildlife, home to 25% of Britain's endangered bird, animal and plant species.
  • The Cairngorms are home to the largest area of arctic-alpine flora in Britain and the Cairngorm plateau and is one of the areas least affected by humans in the UK.

'Enjoy the Dee' Leaflet launched.

We are delighted to announce the launch and distribution of our new 'Enjoy the Dee' leaflet The leaflet supplies you ...Learn more »

Natural Flood Management Workshop for farmers and land managers

On the 29th of March, we ran a successful workshop for farmers and land managers on Natural Flood Management. Over 40 people joined us to learn about techniques that work...Learn more »

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