Ettrick and Yarrow Valleys
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Ettrick and Yarrow Valleys - that's the place for fishing


The Ettrick and Yarrow Valleys boast arguably some of the best and varied fishing in Scotland, if not the UK.  The Tweed tributaries of the Ettrick and Yarrow rivers converge at a confluence known as the Meetings Pool, about one and a half miles upstream of the delightful Borders town of Selkirk.  Both rivers offer a great opportunity for anglers of all ages and stages.

The Ettrick Water has 12 miles of mainly double bank fishing with 80 named pools.  The water is easily covered from the banks and the whole river presents excellent opportunities for fly fishing.


The Yarrow Water  starts from St Mary's Loch and provides both single and double bank fishing with 21 named pools.  It has a constant depth of water and is well suited to the fly. 

The area offers a beautiful setting for the sport with a range of accommodation available.  River fishing for wild brown trout is available on the Ettrick and Yarrow rivers from April to September.  Salmon fishing on the Ettrick is available from February to November, and visitors can hunt the elusive rainbow trout on the Lindean Reservoir from April to October.


The rivers and lochs are governed by a range of different groups who provide permits for the various locations.  Details on beats, permits and prices are available on the website links here.  Borders Fishing provides general information about fishing in the Scottish Borders.  More specific information about fishing on the Ettrick and Yarrow rivers can be found through  Selkirk and District Angling Association  or Fishpal which has detailed information about the Middle Ettrick.   There is also fishing through St Mary's Angling Club at St Mary's Loch and at Lindean Reservoir.


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22 September 2017

Nutty's Little Squirrel Bowhill Estate

Ranger Activities for the under 6s £3 per child 2pm-3pm

A chance for the under 6’s to get out in to the woodlands of Bowhill for a ranger activity!

Activities include a selection of explorer walks, storytelling, woodland crafts and wilderness games. On every Friday from April to the end of September.

Price: £3 per child.

Booking recommended. To secure your place, please call 01750 22204 or email [email protected].

Date: 22 September 2017

John Watterson- The Lost Will and Testament of Jake Thackeray

Music - Bowhill Little Theatre 8pm Tickets £12 / £10 under 16s Booking Recommended

Tickets £12 / £10 under 16s

Some 15 of Jake Thackray’s songs, hilarious, serious, bitingly satirical – some banned by the BBC! – have been uncovered and now in this brand new show they are getting an airing for the first time. Long forgotten gems will be brought back to life by John Watterson capturing the unique Thackray guitar style.

Booking recommended – book online here through Border Events or call us on 01750 22204. Please email for further information [email protected]. For terms and conditions, please click here.

Optional pre theatre supper available at 6.30pm for an additional £13 (booking essential).

Date: 22 September 2017

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