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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. See our 'Enjoy the Dee' leaflet for further information.

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.

Human Waste 

If public toilets are not available, carry a trowel and bury your waste and urinate well away from open water, rivers and burns.

Dog Waste 

Clean up after your dog by bagging and binning waste. Use any litter or dog waste bin.

Lighting Fires

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.


Mountain Bikers

Good Practise guide: Do the ride thing


Check, Clean and Dry

Try to reduce the spread of non-native invasive plants by supporting the Check, Clean and Dry campaign.


More Information

Scottish Outdoor Access Code 

Aberdeenshire Council Outdoor Access 

Aberdeenshire Council Killer BBQs leaflet

Aberdeenshire Council Outdoor Lovers leaflet

Getting out and about

Walking and cycling - Cairngorms Outdoor Access Trust, Walk Highlands, Cairngorms National Park

Weather forecast - Mountain Weather Inofrmation Service

Walking, cycling and horse riding - The Deeside Way 

Canoeing - Canoe Scotland

               - River Dee Paddler Angler Guidance, March 2015

Fishing -    Fish Dee

Horse riding - Glen Tanar Equestrian Centre

Orienteering - Grampian Orienteers, Mar Orienteering Club, Geocaching

Multi-sports - Adventure Aberdeen

Gliding - Deeside Gliding Club

Bike Hire - Cycle Highlands (Ballater), Bike Station (Ballater), Braemar Mountain Sports (Seasonal)

Boat Hire - Tiso (Aberdeen)