Fish Don

Part of the Fishpal, this is by far the most comprehensive website for fishing reports, availability of fishing, fishery descriptions and prospects on the Don. Graphs of the river levels at Parkhill and Bridge of Alford are updated twice a day and there are good links to other fishing and tackle sites.

River Don Trust

The website of the River Don District Salmon Fishery Board and The River Don Trust. The trust employs a full time biologist and has responsibility for habitat, conservation, education and research throughout the river don. All profits from the sale of River Don Maps are now donated to the trust to help towards their important work of conserving fish stocks.

Aberdeen District Angling Association

One of the largest angling associated in the country with over 1000 members. They own a number of beats off the middle and lower Don and there are some lovely photographs of the Don, up-to-date reports and daily weather reports on their website.

Fishing the Fly

An excellent fishing website, run by local fisherman Mike Barrio. There is good information on beats and an active discussion forum. It is a pity that several fishing owners have not supplied updated information for a couple of years.

Discover Donside

Good information on accommodation, sites of historical and natural interest (castles, gardens etc.), shops and art galleries and sources of fishing permits for the upper reaches of the Don.

The Kildrummy Inn

This is the premier fishing inn in Strathdon. The Kildrummy Fishings nearby provide excellent fishing for both trout and salmon and tuition can be arranged on the middle Don.

The somewhat bland exterior hides a hotel serving first class contemporary Scottish cuisine utilising seasonal local produce. David Littlewood was Scottish Chef of the Year in 2013 and 2014 and in March 2016 the Kildrummy Inn was named as Fine Dining Hotel for the whole of Scotland.

The breakfast is excellent and there is even a rod and tackle room.

The Kildrummy Castle Hotel

Under new management again in spring 2015. No longer a fishing hotel [ but a good breakfast when we stayed recently ]

The Grant Arms

Permits can no longer be purchased from the hotel reception, but must be acquired direct from the Monymusk Estate [ see below ].

The Colquhonnie House Hotel

On upper donside, in the Cairngorm National Park, this hotel has recently achieved the Green Tourism award. The hotel owns over eight miles of fishing on the upper Don, best for brown trout fishing in April and May but some salmon are caught there as well.

Monymusk Estate

Permits can be purchased direct from the estate. The banks of the river here are not in good condition.

Castle Forbes

Malcolm and Jinny Forbes provide superb hospitality at Castle Forbes, built in 1815 by the 17th Lord Forbes. The castle is at the heart of the 6000 acre Forbes Estate with magnificent views across the river don.

Their website links to the Fish Scotland website, where fishing on the estate (some of which is within walking distance of the castle) can be booked and special rates are available to persons fishing the Castle Forbes water who wish to stay at the castle.

Everyman Ghillie Services

Bill Cottle has known the Don for many years and offers guiding, salmon fishing tuition and courses, and ghillie services in various locations on the Don.

For more information please visit or phone 01332 824652


A small graphic design company based in Nairn, Scotland, responsible for the design and printing of the River Don Salmon Pools and Bridges map. They also designed The River Findhorn Salmon Pool map.

The Forbes Arms Hotel, Bridge of Alford

The hotel website contains some good photographs of the hotel, the bedrooms, and of the river and bridge of Alford taken from the hotel.

Our photographs below show the hotel from the other side of the river, and wood carvings of Don trout which are displayed in the restaurant.



The cost of a single room in September 2013 was £60, and we found a good bitter as well as the usual lagers, and a good selection of malt whiskeys. The bedrooms are comfortable, the menu varied and the staff very friendly. There is a lawn with seating, and a conservatory restaurant, both looking over the river.

The cost of a single room in June 2015 was £70.