Many thanks to Ballogie Estate for facilitating this camera's location and to the River Dee Trust & Dee District Salmon Fishery Board for their help in arranging its installation.
The River Dee holds a prestigious position as one of the world's renowned salmon rivers. Originating at an impressive elevation of approximately 4000 feet on the Braeriach plateau, it boasts the highest source among all major rivers in the British Isles. Multiple pools give birth to the river's waters, which gracefully traverse the plateau until reaching the precipice, where they cascade into An Garbh Choire. The youthful Dee merges with a tributary from the Pools of Dee in the Lairig Ghru, finding its course between Ben Macdui and Cairn Toul. Along its journey, the river cascades over falls in the Chest of Dee before reaching White Bridge, where it converges with the Geldie Burn. Recognized for its ecological importance, the Dee and its surrounding area host numerous designated conservation sites. The upper catchment lies within the Cairngorms National Nature Reserve and has been part of the Cairngorms National Park since 2003. The Dee catchment encompasses a significant portion of Scotland's semi-natural Caledonian pine woods, contributing to its ecological significance.Additionally, the esteemed Potarch Lodge is home to the historic Dinnie Stones, a pair of Scottish lifting stones. These stones gained prominence through the feats of strength exhibited by Donald Dinnie, a renowned strongman. Reportedly, Dinnie carried the stones by hand across the width of the Potarch Bridge, covering a remarkable distance of 17 feet 1½ inches (5.22 meters) in 1860.