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Down by the River Tweed, excitement is building!

On 1 February the Salmon fishing season reopens on the River Tweed and for the ghillies, fisherman and local community, it can’t come soon enough!


Sporting Pursuits are a major source of income not only for Roxburghe Estates but for Scotland as a whole. The River Tweed Commission suggests the output generated from the River Tweed is worth just under £18 million to the Scottish Borders alone. Local hotels, restaurant (and pubs!) and shops all benefit greatly when the season gets underway.

Fishing is so important to the local community that Eoin Fairgrieve (one part of the Scottish Fly casting team that won the Emerald World Speycasting Championship) and the Tweed Foundation have started a fantastic initiative called TweedStart. Tweedstart is a non-profit making organisation that aims to teach people of all ages how to fish as well as the importance of habitat management and community ties.


“a very nice days salmon fishing with some very interesting and charming people, when can I go again please?”

 Fishing on the River Tweed is a privilege indeed. Its world-famous reputation sees anglers travelling from far and wide to enjoy the tranquil banks and prolific fishing pools. For many, catching a salmon on the Tweed is the highlight of their fishing career.

 Head Boatman, Colin Bell, is looking forward eagerly to the start of the season. Our first customers of the season will be Mattias Helde and his companions who have become regular customers and good friends.  In 2012, Mattias produced a wonderful video to demonstrate their exploits on the River. It is well worth watching even if you’re not a fisherman. 



Frosseri i bra fiske och mycket god mat, whisky, vin, trevligt sällskap”

Rough translates as “Gluttony in good fishing and very good food, whisky, wine, good company

 Enjoying Scottish salmon either smoked or fresh is a dining experience not to be missed. Floors Castle Chef, Chris Percy-Davis, suggests making gravlax.


 2 Small sides of salmon

60g salt

40g Caster Sugar

1 Glass Brandy

Fresh Dill



  1. Massage the brandy into both sides of the salmon, grind on liberal amounts of black pepper and sprinkle on the dill.
  2. Finally coat with the salt and sugar and leave in an ambient temperature
  3. Turn every 2 hours (do this 4 times) and then chill. After 24 hours in the chiller it will be ready to use.

Slice thinly and serve with dill mustard.

Alternatively, Chris highly recommends a visit to Mike at">Ettrick Valley Smokehouse  . Mike produces the most wonderful smoked wild salmon in purpose-built kilns.  His recent exposure in the Country Life magazine is testament to his reputation. Of course, if you’re fishing on the River Tweed, why not pop down to the Terrace Café to enjoy our delicious Salmon Fishcakes?


One of our delicious Salmon Fishcakes

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