The estate has five miles of double-bank fishing with something to suit everyone’s ability and every pocket, starting from 1 mile below Brechin and stretching to the Montrose basin. Traditionally the best weeks for catching fish were during the spring runs but in recent years there has been a more even distribution of catches.
For a relaxing holiday it is worth combining the fishing with staying on the estate, particularly if there are some in the fishing group who are part time fisherman or even unwilling to try. It is a short 10 minute walk from the castle to the top two beats. For those fishing from the castle there is a rod-box conveniently placed at the entrance of the Macduff Tower and a large storage area in the Barony Apartment.
All beats (except Powmouth) are let for 4 rods although summer water may not allow this number on all beats.
The estate employs its own Riverman, Donald Webster, to over see the beats and help new fishers to get started. We can also arrange tuition from qualified instructors.
Andy Richardson and Greig Thomson visited the Kinnaird beat for Spring fishing in 2013 for Hooked UK and produced this programme. It shows the delights of the scenery and the river.
There are 11 named pools from Kinnaird Dyke to the Boat Pool below the footbridge. This attractive stretch of river with banks covered with wild flowers is renowned for its spring fishing below the Kinnaird Dyke. Salmon catches however are now more spread over the whole season.
The fishing hut, attached to the Fishers Cottage, is as roomy and homely as you could wish to find with arm chairs, a large table and a decent log fire– a welcome addition during those spring weeks - hot and cold running water and a WC.
2014 rents from £600-1200 per week plus VAT or rods can be bought on a daily rate. For availability and detail prices go to http://www.fishpal.com/Scotland/Esks/FindFishing.asp?dom=Pal
The middle beat hosts seven named pools from the “Willows” to “Haughs Rough”. Steady improvements to the beat over the years by way of croys and bank work has improved catches dramatically over the last few years – especially in the Autumn. The fishing hut, for which there are no services, sits in an elevated position.
2014 rents from £350-1100 week plus VAT or individual rods taken by day on selected weeks. For availability and detail prices go to www.fishpal.com/Scotland/Esks/KinnairdMiddle/
5 named pools from “Arrat’s Mill” to “Wattie Bain”. The Powmouth beat is included through the spring season to end of March. This beat has been improved slowly over the years and provides reasonable salmon, grilse and sea trout from July onwards, with sea trout usually starting running in June. This stretch offers a simple hut in a secluded position.
2014 rents from £300- £800week or individual rods can be taken by day on selected weeks. For availability and detail prices go to www.fishpal.com/Scotland/Esks/KinnairdLower/
This is a short, 2 rod beat from the lower beat down to railway viaduct. It can be taken by day or by week from April onwards.
2014 lets: £15 per rod per day (including VAT) April to August. £22 per rod per day (including VAT) September and October.