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Philiphaugh News December 2014


The Cauld And Salmon Viewing Centre

‘Several days of very high river levels after a wet November saw a number of salmon jumping at the cauld. The underwater cameras confirmed that fish were ascending the Larinier pass without difficulty. We are now seeing fish descending the cauld on their way downstream and back to the sea, having spawned in one of the burns at the head of the catchment.


The research from the radio tagging project has not been published but it is believed that a number of tagged fish were successfully tracked ascending the pass also.


Christmas trees are now on sale at the Sawmill. These are  Noble Firs, which have a beautiful blue green foliage and delicious perfume. Being firs rather than spruce, they do not drop their needles. They can be bought wrapped for easy transportation. 


The Waterwheel café has been busy and is taking bookings for Christmas parties. The café is looking festive and has a beautiful Noble Fir Christmas Tree covered in Christmas decorations.’


Philiphaugh Gardens

The gardeners are making the traditional holly wreaths so please place your order soon, as they are very popular. The Waterwheel café is looking festive and has a beautiful Noble Fir Christmas Tree covered in Christmas decorations.’


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 Café.


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.