Salmon Fishing in Royal Deeside @ Tor na coille


The River Dee is renowned as one of the best spots
for salmon fly-fishing in the world.


Salmon Fly-Fishing Breaks
at Tor Na Coille

The River Dee is renowned as one of the best spots for salmon fly-fishing in the world. Join us for an unforgettable fishing break at Tor Na Coille to see for yourself.

Anglers from all over the world travel to Royal Deeside every year to enjoy the fast-flowing, crystal-clear water – perfect for fly fishing.

At Tor Na Coille we know that a memorable fishing trip is not just about the fishing, it’s about the whole experience- the comfort, the service, the food and drink, the ghillie’s knowledge and attention. Of course the fishing has to be fantastic too, and that’s why we’ve partnered up with some of the finest beats on the River Dee, a fly-fisher’s dream.

Download our Salmon fly-fishing brochure to find out more about the incredible beats on our doorstep, where the iconic Atlantic salmon can be found throughout the season, which runs from February 1 through to October 15.


No matter your level of experience – from seasoned angler to adventurous beginner – we can arrange a fishing break unlike any other.

Tor na coille Salmon Fishing, Royal Desside

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Exclusive Fishing Packages

Our fishing packages are tailor-made to your needs, ensuring you make the most of your stay at Tor Na Coille. Our standard package includes three days of fly fishing on the Dee, alongside four nights’ 4-star accommodation with us at Tor Na Coille. All your permits are included, and you’ll be guided by your very own personal ghillie who has an intimate knowledge of the river. If that wasn’t enough, we’ll also include breakfast, packed lunches and dinner in our award-winning 2-AA Rosette restaurant or choose to dine from our relaxed Bar Menu.

Prices vary depending on the time of year and your chosen beat – so contact us to find out what we can offer you and your group on your preferred dates. And remember – we can tailor all of our offerings to your needs, and even arrange activities for your non-fishing partners, should they wish to join you.

Download our latest fishing brochure to discover more about our fishing packages and learn about the River Dee’s best beats.


From fishing tackle and rod hire to guided river walks and fly-tying evenings, we’re well connected with the Dee fishing community and are always happy to arrange equipment and events to suit your needs. Plus, if you’re travelling with a partner who doesn’t fancy spending time on the riverbank, we can arrange a range of activities including afternoon teas, guided tours, castle visits, whisky or gin tastings and Highland cattle visits.

Staying in Royal Deeside @ Tor na coille


Situated on the edge of Banchory, on picturesque Royal Deeside,
Tor Na Coille is a family-owned Victorian country house hotel set in acres
of wooded grounds.

Situated on the edge of Banchory, on picturesque Royal Deeside, Tor Na Coille is a family-owned Victorian country house hotel set in acres of wooded grounds.

Each of our 25 individually-styled bedrooms has its own distinct features – from wainscot panelling and ornate fireplaces to luxurious four-poster beds and rolltop baths.

Our award-winning restaurant – headed up by chef-owner David Littlewood and head chef Colin Lyall – presents fine dining in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere, while our well-stocked bar also serves up classic comfort food using local produce.

All guests also gain free access to The Unit Gym and Fitness Centre, located on-site. There you’ll find Scotland’s largest independent gym, run by two-time winter Olympian Ben Kilner, as well as a beautician, nail bar, hairdresser, two treatment/massage rooms and a private physio clinic – all of which offer discount to hotel guests.

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The Tor Na Coille Trophy

As one of the most iconic locations in the world to fish, anglers from across the globe will be casting their hopes on winning a coveted trophy recognising the best catch on the River Dee.

The new trophy is commissioned by David Littlewood, owner of Tor Na Coille Hotel at Banchory on Royal Deeside, and is a stunning salmon sculpture made from old pennies and other coins.

The use of coins from different currencies is symbolic given that fishing attracts people from all over the world and generates millions of pounds to the local economy every year.

The trophy will be presented at the opening of the River Dee on Saturday, February 1 when actor and fishing aficionado Robson Green will cast off the 2020 season.

Two Aberdeenshire artisans were commissioned to create the unique award which has been hailed as an artistic tribute to the majesty of the river and Scotland’s iconic species, the Atlantic salmon.

Renowned sculptor Helen Denerley combined her love of the natural world with technical aspects of metal work, casting the salmon sculpture from old pennies and coins from other currencies.

Best known for fashioning two life-sized giraffe metal sculptures at the Omni Centre on Edinburgh’s Leith Walk, Helen’s work features in collections across the UK and overseas, including projects in the USA and Japan.

Being able to work on a project closer to home was a real surprise for the sculptor, who said: “I was delighted to be asked to create this trophy as I have always enjoyed the natural habitat around the rivers Dee and Don.”

The plinth was crafted from local elm and resin to resemble a flowing river, and made by Inverurie carpenter Kenny McKay, of Polished Finish.

The best catch is one of the most prestigious honours that can be won by a River Dee angler. It is not necessarily awarded to the angler who lands the heaviest fish, but judged by a committee who consider fish handling, time of year and the condition of the fish. The catch must have been witnessed. It will be competed for annually with the winner receiving the title, with an engraved decanter, a two night stay at The Tor Na Coille Hotel, a luxurious Victorian country house hotel in Royal Deeside, and two days’ fishing on the River Dee.

David Littlewood of the Tor Na Coille Hotel said: “The River Dee is widely known 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 our river, and we have the privilege of welcoming anglers from all over the globe who come in search of the ultimate prize: a Dee springer taken on the fly.

“Achieving the best catch is an incredible feat and that is why we are pleased to have commissioned this new award, a stunning piece of art to recognise such a magnificent achievement, and the huge economic benefit the river and salmon bring this region.

“Tor Na Coille Hotel partners with some of the river’s top beats to offer all-inclusive fishing packages, as well as special bed and breakfast rates for those fishing on this world-famous river.”

Lawrence Ross, chairman of the Dee Board, commented: “Many people come to fish on the River Dee but only one person will win this award each year. It is an exquisite trophy that may well become one of the most sought after accolades in the fishing world.”

Ross Macdonald, fisheries development officer for Dee District Salmon Fishery Board added: “We’re grateful to Tor Na Coille Hotel for commissioning this trophy, underlining the river’s importance to the area and the links we have with the wider community. In presenting this new award, it represents a symbol of respect to those who challenge themselves to fish on one of the most famous salmon rivers in the world.”