Historic Aberdeenshire hotel commits to raising £10,000 to support the River Dee

May 02, 2019

The River Dee Trust is delighted to announce a new partnership with one of Aberdeenshire’s most historic hotels, Maryculter House.  The hotel will be donating a discretionary £1 from every diner’s bill to a charitable trust, with the aim of reaching a fundraising target of more than £10,000 for the year.

The partnership got underway with a ghillies’ lunch last Sunday. Over forty guests were treated to a lovely meal and both the hotel and ghillies are already looking forward to this becoming an annual event.

Managing Director of the hotel, which has historical links dating back to 1225AD, Peter Walker said: “Maryculter House sits on the banks of the River Dee and as such is a big part of the hotel’s history and future. Through every season we see its ever-changing meander and we want to help those who care for it throughout the year”.

“I have always felt strongly about supporting our local businesses and charities, and contributing to this well-deserved cause, by adding £1 and then donating from every bill paid in our restaurants, is absolutely in line with our ethos.

Over the course of the year we have set the target of about £10,000, which will have a huge impact on what the Trust can do to ensure our beautiful river is maintained and fishing stocks are protected. And, what better way to celebrate our fantastic river than by hosting a lunch for those men and women who work on it throughout the year!”

 River Director, Dr Lorraine Hawkins, said “We are delighted that Maryculter House has chosen to support the River Dee with this innovative fundraising idea. As a local charity, we recognise our place in the Aberdeenshire community in both managing and restoring the habitat of one of the most famous salmon rivers in the world and helping those living in the area to learn more about the river and the wildlife that depend on it.  We are very grateful to Peter and his team for recognising the importance of financially supporting our work, which will help us maintain our wonderful river as a thriving natural environment.” 

The hotel, which has historic routes with the Order of the Knights Templar, is situated in Maryculter, on the outskirts of Aberdeen city. It currently owns two fishing beats on the River Dee the Tilbouries and Culter.

The hotel dates to when the Order of the Knights Templar were granted part of the land of Culter, which lay on the south side of the River Dee, now Maryculter, by King William the Lion in 1187.  Between 1221 and 1236 the powerful Bisset family, Lords of Aboyne founded the Preceptory or College of the Knights Templar on the site of Maryculter House.