Out and about
The River Dee catchment is a unique and beautiful area that attracts thousands of outdoor enthusiasts every year. The Dee provides the opportunity and the backdrop for a multitude of activities, such as fishing, canoeing, bird watching, walking, orienteering and overnight expeditions.
Enjoying the River Dee Responsibly
These activities are made possible by access rights that come with responsibilities listed in the Scottish Outdoor Access Code. While enjoying the River Dee you should always take responsibility for your own actions, respect the interests of other people, and care for the environment.
Take away all your litter and consider picking up other litter as well. Use bins where provided or take it home with you. Carry out what you carry in.
If public toilets are not available, carry a trowel and bury your waste and urinate well away from open water, rivers and burns.
Clean up after your dog by bagging and binning waste. Use any litter or dog waste bin.
Wherever possible, use a stove rather than light an open fire as they are much less damaging.
If you do wish to light an open fire, keep it small, under control, and supervised - fires that get out of control can cause major damage, for which you might be liable.
Never light an open fire during prolonged dry periods and heed all advice at times of high risk.
Remove all traces of an open fire before you leave.
Getting out and about
Walking and cycling - Cairngorms Outdoor Access Trust
Walking, cycling and horse riding - The Deeside Way
Canoeing - Canoe Scotland
Fishing - Fish Dee
In 2017 pink 'humpback' salmon appeared in around 20 Scottish rivers including the River Dee. This is the first year that pink salmon have been seen in numbers in...Learn more »
Internationally acclaimed artist Newton Harrison visited the Dee and Don in August to open an ecological arts project for the twin catchment areas. Woodend Barn invite...Learn more »
- 12 Sep 2017 Work to tackle pink salmon in the Dee
- 28 Aug 2017 Leading pioneer of the eco-art movement Newton Harrison visits the Dee
- 19 Apr 2017 'Enjoy the Dee' Leaflet launched.
- 29 Mar 2017 Natural Flood Management Workshop for farmers and land managers
- 17 Mar 2017 Flooding showcase at Fernielea primary school
- 09 Mar 2017 Natural Flood Management meeting for land managers
- 19 Jan 2017 Sustainable Drainage Systems (SUDS) in Aberdeen City
- 24 Nov 2016 Eurasian Beaver allowed to stay
- 23 Nov 2016 Cleaning up the banks at Potarch
- 09 Nov 2016 SuDS engagement at Fernielea School