The Commonty, a fishing beat located down river from Potarch Bridge near Banchory, is accessed by a small fishing road that descends gently through coniferous woodland to a secluded, peaceful and tranquil stretch of the river, covering approximately 1.5 km on the south side of the River Dee. It is co-owned by Ballogie Estate Trust and Finzean Estate, with 15 salmon pools of extremely varied character and fishes well at all heights.
However, the Commonty beat was badly affected by Storm Frank and the subsequent spate of bad weather at the beginning of 2016; it suffered significant bank damage and the fishing hut was washed away. However, throughout the summer of 2016 work has been carried out to rectify the damage, and Ballogie Estate has been working closely with the Pearls in Peril (Scottish National Heritage) project to repair areas of the riverbank and then initiated the replacement of the fishing hut.
The hut was made by Graham Sandals and is constructed from Scottish Larch frame and cladding and insulated with British sheep’s wool. The interior cladding is FSCt&g red pine with trims around the window cut from Scottish larch. Graham’s aim is ”to produce buildings that have both as low of a carbon footprint as possible using where possible the most natural materials and produce something that is very durable.”
Graham also commented “I had wanted to make a fishing hut for some time so was delighted to be approached by Ballogie Estate to do so. I look forward to seeing the hut silvered down with age and blend into the landscape of the river.”
The hut has a wood burning stove, a small gas stove for cooking and toilet facilities; it is warm and inviting and perfect for sharing peaceful fishing days with friends and family enjoying all of the surrounding flora and fauna.