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Many of the best salmon and trout river beats are in large private estates. Some estates offer permits only per day or week, others offer accommodation, either in the Castle / Mansion or on the estates lodges or cottages with a fishing package included. Many of the estates also have lochs for trout fishing. A more in depth guide to river fishing in Scotland with information about how to obtain permits for more beats can be found at the website: www.fishbritain.co.uk/Salmon/Rivers.asp?dom=Scotland


Rivers Cona & Scaddle highlands by Fort William
Conaglen Estate offers private Salmon and Sea Trout fishing with the guidance of the Estate staff available at no additional charge over the Cona and Scaddle rivers, together with a number of stocked brown trout ponds conveniently located near to Conaglen House.


River Dee northeast by Aberdeen
The River Dee offers some of the finest fishing in Scotland and the three Balmoral Beats are located on the South Bank of the river, stretching from The Brig O' Dee (near Braemar) down to Dalliefour (near Ballater).

Balmoral Castle

River Dee northeast by Aberdeen
The River Dee is one of the most celebrated salmon rivers in the world. The fishing season is March 1st to September 30th. Guests of Banchory Lodge can walk across the lawn to watch anglers fish the hotel beat. By prior arrangement, the hotel and other nearby beats can be rented daily or weekly. A ghillie will provide instruction in fly fishing and equipment.

Banchory Lodge

River Dee northeast by Aberdeen
Fishing Costs on Maryculter House Hotels Beat-: Half Day £25.00 per rod per day Full Day £50.00 per rod per day. Alternatively if you require us to create a package to suite your individual requirements, contact us and we will tailor make it to suite your needs.

Maryculter House

River Dee northeast by Aberdeen
Park House has six Beats on the Dee that are among the finest in Scotland and provide some superb fly water. The north bank is reserved for house guests only and includes the services of 2 estate ghillies. Park is one of the great fly fishing experiences.

Park House

River Don northeast by Aberdeen
The river Don at Castle Forbes flows through some of the most picturesque landscape on its entire length. Halfway between the source of the river and its mouth, almost four miles of double bank fishing east of the village of Alford with majestic Bennachie as a backdrop can provide excellent sport from February to the end of October.

Castle Forbes

River Doon southwest by Ayr
Skeldon Estate fishing beats are situated in the middle reaches of the River Doon and are considered to be some of the best. The Doon is a back end spate river and fishes best from August onwards, although fish are caught earlier depending on conditions. Season opens on the 11th February and closes on 31st October. Permits are available for single rods or parties either by the day or the week.


River Findhorn highlands by Inverness
Banchor Beat is also known as the Laird's Beat of Cawdor Castle to which it belongs. It reflects all that is magical about the Findhorn, in its scenery and the opportunities to take all classes of salmon from an array of pools and streams. It marks the start of the rocky wooded gorge which ends over 20 miles away near Forres.

Cawdor Castle

River Findhorn highlands by Inverness
At Glenferness Estate there are miles of river walks, the opportunity to try out our salmon fishing, a secluded hill loch with a wooden rowing boat for trout fishing, a studio for tenant’s use with stunning views of the river, and a squash court. We can also arrange roe stalking and rough shooting.

Glenferness House

River Findhorn highlands by Inverness
Fishing at Logie Estate includes opportunities for salmon and sea trout fishing on the River Findhorn and brown trout fishing on Lochindorb. The season for salmon and sea trout runs from mid-February to the end of August and for brown trout from mid-March to the beginning of October.

Logie House

River Girvan southwest by Ayr
Blairquhan Estate has five miles of what is perhaps the most attractive stretch on the River Girvan. There are 29 named pools and fishing is on both banks except for 3 pools at the downstream end.


River Nith southwest by Dumfries
Drumlanrig Castle Fishings offer 4 beats each approximately 1= to 2 miles long with a variety of deep pools. The season is longer than on most rivers extending from 25 February to 30 November.

Drumlanrig Castle

River Nith southwest by Dumfries
The beat at Friars Carse Hotel is 2300 meters of right bank fishing, it hosts a mixture of pools which provide fishing with fly, spinning or worming. You'll find excellent accommodation, friendly staff and guests and the most fantastic countryside to make your fishing on Friars Carse beat a pleasant and memorable experience.

Friars Carse Hotel

River South Esk northeast by Dundee
Airlie Castle estate has beats on one of the best known Sea Trout rivers in Scotland, the estate is fortunate enough to own a section of the South Esk and there are constant improvements being carried out under the watchful eye of Andrew Yates our resident ghillie. Salmon is also available.

Airlie Castle

River South Esk northeast by Dundee
The Kinnaird Estate has five miles of double-bank fishing with something to suit everyones ability and every pocket, starting from 1 mile below Brechin and stretching to the Montrose basin. Traditionally the best weeks for catching fish were during the spring runs but in recent years there has been a more even distribution of catches.

Kinnaird Castle

River Spean Highlands by Fort William
Burnbank Lodges are a group of 12 well appointed, self-catering holiday lodges, idyllically set in natural woodland on the banks of the River Spean In season, guests are welcome to fish the River Spean at Burnbank, for salmon and brown trout using fly or spinner. A permit can be obtained from reception, which is free to guests, and which will be valid for the duration of your stay here.

Burnbank Lodges

River Spey Highlands by Inverness
The Ballindalloch Estate beat on the River Spey is the best known middle beat on the river. Its two miles of double-bank fishing includes the famous Junction Pool. The Estate also owns six miles of excellent salmon and sea trout fishing on the River Avon.

Ballindalloch Castle

River Stinchar southwest 30 miles south of Ayr
Ther are 10 beats along the Stinchar from Ballantrae to Pinmore. The Knockdolian Estate water is often considered the most productive salmon & sea trout stretch in Ayrshire.

Knockdolian Estate

Rivers Tweed & Teviot southeast by Kelso
Welcome to one of the finest fishing hotels in Scotland. The Roxburghe hotel enjoys 3 fishing beats on The Roxburghe Estates, 2 on the River Tweed and 2 on the River Teviot, each allowing 4 rods per beat.


River Tay east central by Dundee
Ballathie Estate is situated on the banks of the glorious River Tay near the tributary rivers Isla, Ericht and Almond. Major lochs and fisheries are also close by, providing good stillwater fishing opportunities. While the River Tay is world-famous for its Atlantic salmon, you can also fish for brown trout, rainbow trout, pike, perch and grayling in its waters. Fishing can be done from bank or boat, spin or fly.


River Tay east central by Dundee
Scone Palace Estate's riverbank ownership includes almost three miles of the left bank and over a mile of both banks of the River Tay. Most lets are organised on a weekly basis for parties of up to six rods depending on the time of year. The rod fishing season is from 15 January to 15 October, with the best fishing currently from August onwards.

Scone Palace
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