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Philiphaugh News July 2015


The Cauld And Salmon Viewing Centre

The work to modify flows to the hydro station has nearly finished. Already a better flow through the fish pass is evident. River levels are low and little water is spilling over the cauld. The rough water at the foot of the fish pass will enable migrating salmon to find the pass easily and ascend the cauld. The old pass did not work well in low water and so this is a definite improvement to fish passage.


Work in the visitor centre has restored the underwater cameras and these are live, so any fish passing through the pass might be spotted on the big screen. Next week it is hoped that a camera can be placed downstream to observe fish approaching the cauld.


The Waterwheel café is proving popular in the good weather, as people enjoy sitting outside, soaking up the sunshine along with the café’s excellent food and baking, whilst gazing over the ancient battlefield.


Philiphaugh Gardens

The majority of bedding plants from the gardens have been sold, though there are a few hanging baskets and other flowering plants for sale. Fruit and vegetables will be available in a few weeks as the warm weather has increased growth considerably.


The gardens are open Monday to Friday 8-4 and weekends by appointment.


The estate has a number of beautiful walks at any time. Please collect a leaflet or consult the map in the salmon viewing centre for route information.


Mobile Phone App

To listen to our fascinating audio tour of the estate and battlefield go to


Battlefield Self Guided Walk

Leaflets and a booklet about the battlefield project are available from the Waterwheel Cafe.


Salmon DVD

A fully narrated film entitled "The Philiphaugh Salmon" showing twenty minutes worth of the best, recorded images from the salmon viewing centre, will be available to purchase from the Waterwheel Restaurant.

The species included are salmon, trout, grayling, eel, perch, a brief view of an otter knocking the camera and a goosander swimming underwater below the cauld.

All proceeds will be used towards the upkeep of the centre, for the purchase of equipment, cameras and towards maintaining the facilities. The DVD is priced at £5.