River North Esk

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The famous Salmon river

The Water of Mark (left) units The Water of Lee (right) to form the River North Esk, just 300 metres from House of Mark

You have many options to get the River North Esk: walk, drive or cycle. It depends on which part of the river you want to see but here at House of Mark  you are going to be able to see how it forms just walking about 300 metres (5-minute walk) from our doorsteps!


Up by Invermark, where Glen Lee and Glen Mark meet to become Glen Esk, the famous salmon river, the North Esk is born. The Water of Lee, rising at an altitude of 2650 feet, winds 6 ½ miles east-by-southward to its head, and from its foot proceeds 1¼ mile east-by-northward till, at Invermark, it unites with the Water of Mark to form the North Esk (Scottish Gaelic: Easg Thuath) and enters the North Sea four miles north of Montrose. The Water of Mark runs down Glen Mark from the north west and it is the main spawning stream for the glen’s many salmon.


This river is one of the most prolific Atlantic Salmon fishing rivers in Scotland, although the spring run has declined, as is the case with other Scottish rivers. The North Esk can produce about 1000 salmon and grilse in a season. The North Esk holds salmon throughout the year with the spring runs starting from late March and April and the Autumn runs from late August to the end of the season. The salmon fishing season on the North Esk and the South Esk starts on the 16th of February and closes on the 31st of October.


If canoeing is your thing so you might have to go to Edzell (30 minute-drive from House of Mark) to catch the rapids on the river North Esk (blue door walk).

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Glenesk has great walks and abundant wildlife and is very popular for cycling, fishing, walking, climbing, bird watching, botany, photography, or just the simple pleasure of enjoying the spectacular views.