Fishing in Scotland

Atholl Estates provides some of the most scenic fishing in Scotland. The estate has three salmon fishing beats on the rivers Tummel, Garry and Tilt, plus a hill loch for wild brown trout.

The Lower Tummel

Cutting through some of Scotland's most impressive scenery, the Tummel beat extends from the village of Moulinearn to the Logierait bridge (approx 2500 yards), just before the Tummel meets the Tay at Ballinluig.

The beat is double banked, can accommodate up to 4 rods and has some outstanding fishing opportunities both from the bank and from wading. With eleven pools, the Lower Tummel provides excellent fishing in most water conditions.

The spring run starts in late March and continues until the early summer, when the water becomes quieter until the autumn run starts in September. Fishing continues until the season closes on 15th October. The beat is usually let by the week during April, May, June, September and October.

However, day lets can be available during some good fishing conditions in June and September. The water is let to the Pitlochry Angling Club for the summer, and day tickets are available from their outlets during July and August.

The Garry Pol Dornie

One of the most beautiful stretches of river in Scotland, the Pol Dornie beat of the River Garry flows past Blair Atholl and towards the dramatic Pass of Killiecrankie, offering some immensely satisfying fishing for discerning anglers. The beat offers single bank fishing for up to 3 rods on nine pools over about 1500 yards.

The spring run reaches Pol Dornie by June and continues until the season closes in October. The beat prefers an ample flow of water and is quite tolerant to spate.

The water is normally let by the week in June, July, September and October, but day lets can also be available during those periods. August fishing is reserved.

The Tilt

Running through the famous Glen Tilt, this stretch of water offers unparalleled scenery and an abundance of wildlife. The river is split into four beats but only the middle two are let (the lower beat being too difficult to access and the upper beat reserved by Forest Lodge).

The headwaters of the Tilt serve as important spawning grounds for the Tay River system, and the Tilt normally enjoys a consistent and strong run of salmon from July through to the season close in October. Each beat provides double bank fishing for 3 rods along about 2000 yards. The water forms a series of shallow pools with the occasional deeper holding pool.

Although the Tilt is a very productive water, guests who are unfamiliar with it are well advised to hire the services of a ghillie for at least their first day. Contact details for a ghillie can be obtained at the time of booking.

Hill Lochs

There can be few better remedies for stress than a day’s fishing for wild brown trout on a quiet Scottish hill loch. The only sound to disturb the peace is the gentle lapping of water against the sides of your boat.

Loch Broom fishes 3 rods from a boat and requires 4-wheel drive access, but the effort to get there is more than worthwhile. What the wild brown trout lack in size they certainly make up for in fighting spirit. 

The season starts in April and continues until mid-October. Tickets are sold from the estate office by the boat day with one boat available.

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