About North Esk
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).
Waterfalls and Rocks of solitude
At Edzell there is a path that follows along the river North Esk upstream as it squeezes through an impressive gorge. There are a few picturesque bridges along the way and some wooden benches to rest. The walk is easy and can be done in well under 2 hours, depending on how far you want to go.