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Philiphaugh News December 2016


The Cauld And Salmon Viewing Centre

Apart from one weekend when the Ettrick River was in flood, November was marked by dry and exceptionally cold days and nights. Temperatures of minus 7 degrees Centigrade were recorded at the gardens. Few salmon were seen jumping at the cauld, although some fish were spotted heading up river having ascended the Larinier fish pass. It seems that the river Tweed may be changing from an Autumn river to a Spring river. A phenomenon, which has occurred in the past.


Unfortunately both bearings on the hydro plant failed. It is hoped the new bearings will be fitted shortly and the turbines will be running again by the second week of December. Repairs have been carried out in the turbine chambers, where chunks of concrete have flaked off.



Philiphaugh Gardens


In the gardens the making of holly wreaths for Christmas is in full swing. Azaleas and primroses are almost flowering and will be perfect by Christmas. Orders for Christmas trees can be made at the Sawmill.



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


Autumn colours are brilliant this year so why not take a walk on the estate and see the trees in all their autumn splendour.'


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.


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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 center, 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.