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The River Dee Visitor Information Guide

The River Dee is a river in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, It rises in the Cairngorms and flows through southern Aberdeenshire to reach the North Sea at Aberdeen, from the Wells of Dee to the summit plateau of Braeriach at an altitude of over 4.000 feet, it is the third-highest mountain in the British Isles, surpassed only by Ben Nevis and Ben Macdui.

It is the highest point in the western massif of the Cairngorms, separated from the central section by the pass of the Lairig Ghru.

The summit has a crescent shape, with several corries. In the north-facing corrie of Garbh Coire Mor the snow has completely melted just six times in the last century here you will find the longest-lying snow patches in Scotland.

 The area it passes through Royal Deeside in the region between Braemar and Banchory because Queen Victoria came to love the place and built Balmoral Castle there.

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The river Dee flows generally easterly direction to the North Sea at Aberdeen, it is the fifth longest river in Scotland, it has two tiny head streams that bubble their way up through gravel on the great plateau of reddish granite.

 The two Braeriach burns unite at a height of 3,950 feet and topple over the summit, they then descend into the Fuar Gharbh-choire a magnificent mountain, rough as any in Ardgour and famed for the great climbing crags on its eastern flanks.

 The route described here is out and back along the Sron a' Gharbh Choire Bhig ridge. Garbh Choire in the Cairngorm mountains, between Braeriach and Cairn Toul, and it is notable because it holds the most persistent snow patches, even in July the young river frequently flows under a great arch of snow here.

From its source to the sea the Dee flows almost continuously over a bed of stones and gravel.

A series of cascades follow until it enters Glen Dee, where it is joined by a little stream flowing out of the Lairig Ghru, The route and mountain pass partially lies on the Mar Lodge Estate.

Like many traditional routes, the ends of the route through the Lairig Ghru are like the ends of a frayed rope.

From the south the Lairig Ghru can be approached from Braemar though Glen Lui, or Glen Dee, and from Blair Atholl through Glen Tilt.

From the north the Lairig Ghru can be approached from Glen More through the Chalamain Gap, and from Aviemore through the Rothiemurchus Forest by way of the Crossroads above Allt Drùidh.

This stream itself comes from a couple of lochans known as the Pools of Dee.

Glen Dee then turns southward between Ben Vrottan and Sgor l\/lor just below a celebrated landmark, a wooden structure known as the White Bridge, it is joined by the Geldie Burn and the Wells on Braeriach until it enters Glen Dee the river then makes a tremendous drop of 2.000 feet with some of the wildest scenery found the in the Whole basin, here you will find the corries of Braeriach and the scarped front of the Angel’s Peak, Cairntoul, and the Devil's Point.

The famous Linn of Dee is 3 metres below the White Bridge, it is where a watercourse has cut through a shelf of hard rock creating a narrow steep sided cut though which the watercourse runs.

Here you reach a road and the Linn water course is spanned by a granite bridge opened by Queen Victoria in 1857.

Little more than a mile farther down the Dee valley you come to the hamlet of lnverey with a ruined castle, at the mouth of Glen Ey.

 The stretch of the river from lnverey to Braemar It is the closest significantly-sized settlement to the upper course of the River Dee sitting at an altitude of 339 metres.

To the North is the massive shoulders of Ben a"Bhoud and Ben Avon at 3,843 feet, in the fore ground is Mar Lodge, The former home of the Duke of Fife that is now a Swiss-style ski centre.

To the East of Braemar the river passes under the Lion's Face Rock to lnvercauld, with its two bridges, the older of the two was built in l752.

Here you will find a picturesque mountain background with graceful Glens, this place is a favourite with photographers and put door enthusiast, explore hidden gems, historical trails, discover the magic of this beautiful landscape, hidden villages and wild places, a rich cultural of the past, ruined castles, shady forests, tranquil waterways, and a huge variety of wildlife just waiting to be discovered, guaranteed to experience special moments of this wild but awe-inspiring Scottish scenery, immerse yourself in the culture and history, food and drink of this region you’re visiting.

Invereauld House with has a battlemented tower 70 feet high with the main block was reconstructed in l875, it stands on a little plateau, above the river on the North bank some distance above the lnvercauld Bridge, and is said to enjoy the best on Deeside,

From this point the valley widens out and takes on a softer, mellower aspect, in the lower reaches the river begins to dominate the landscape, Beyond Balmoral it narrows again, winding about between the low ‘pudding bowl’ hills produced by glacial erosion, which are a feature of the stretch immediately above and below Baliter.

 Although the Dee is officially a Lowland river East towards the Burn of Dinnet, its entire right bank is overlooked by the high land rising to the watershed of the Mouth, or Grampian range from the ridge of moorland above Kincorth and Torry, though under 1,000 this is still classed as the Grampian's, this formidable mountain range has played a most significant part in Scottish history through a bloody and turbulent time.

Here you will find the old drove roads, fragmentary paths and tracks, today used by outdoor enthusiasts, the Dee is renowned as one of the great salmon rivers of the world, anyone who has ever cast a fly for Atlantic salmon will know the allure of this wonderful river.

Today it welcomes anglers from all over the world who come in search of the ultimate prize a Dee springer taken on the fly, the character of the river makes it ideal for fly fishing.

It's fast-flowing, crystal clear waters are home to a succession of salmon pools that provide the angler with some of the finest fly water in Europe.

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