Castle Forbes Estate

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Rising in the Cairngorm National Park and flowing 135km East, entering the sea at Aberdeen, the Don is Scotland’s 6th largest river draining a catchment of more than 1312 SqKm. Home to a range of freshwater species, which include Salmon, Sea trout, Eels and Lamprey, with its specimen Brown Trout perhaps making it most well known.

Half way between the source of the river and its mouth, almost 6.5 kilometres of double bank fishing, east of the village of Alford with majestic Bennachie as a backdrop, can provide excellent sport from February until the end of October.

The main Beats at Castle Forbes are divided by the spectacular 101ft span of Keig Bridge which was designed by the noted Scottish civil engineer Thomas Telford in the early nineteenth century.

Once known as one of Scotland’s premier rivers for brown trout, an active Salmon Fishery board has, over many years, encouraged increasingly prolific runs of salmon and sea-trout, in favourable conditions, with a policy of controlling pollution and demolishing obstacles that had previously discouraged migratory fish from reaching their spawning grounds.

Lord & Lady Forbes offer special rates at Castle Forbes for fishing tenants. For details & reservations, contact the Forbes Estate Office during office hours or Castle Forbes directly on 019755-62574 (email

  • Opening Times
    February - October for Salmon Fishing.

    April - October for Trout Fishing.
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