The River Tay, being the largest river in Britain, is internationally famous for its Atlantic salmon fishing and attracts fisherman from the world over. It runs through very varied and picturesque country equalled by the gently rolling farmland adjacent to the beats on Scone Estate. The Estate offers over six miles of the lower River Tay fishings between Luncarty and Perthshire, with some forty named pools.
On most rivers in Scotland, if two different owners own the opposite banks of the River, the anglers on each beat will therefore fish opposite each other, but a different custom has since arisen on the lower and middle Tay.
Since a boat needs the whole of the width of the river to operate properly, owners have made agreements with each other to share the water in such a way as allows anglers access to both banks. This explains why the beats are split in to two.
Both fly fishing and spinning are available. The fishings are let with the service of an experienced ghillie, and each beat is equipped with a comfortable fishing hut and a boat with outboard motor.
Scone Palace is also happy to provide for your catering requirements from the Palace kitchens, having sourced produce from their own Kitchen Garden.
Wild Salmon Fishing at the River Tay in Perth Scotland
The Estate’s riverbank ownership includes almost three miles of the East bank and over a mile of both banks of the River Tay.
Most lets are organised on a weekly basis for parties of up to six rods depending on the time of year.
The rod season is from 15th January to 15th October, with the best fishing currently from August onwards. Summer grilse runs provide exciting opportunities, giving way to the renowned autumn runs of bigger fish.
- The record basket for a week of five rods is 182 fish, achieved in October 1996.
The Fishponds beat forms the upper part of the stretch of the river formerly known as the "Lower Scone Salmon Fishings" .
The fishings start just upstream from Fishponds Cottage and extend for about 2,100 yards downstream to a point just below Stormontfield which is just below the mouth of the Luncarty Mill Lade. There is excellent access to the river bank at various points.
The Fishponds beat is fished in two parts, known as "Fishponds" and "Knowesbank". Clients will fish Fishponds and Knowesbank on alternate days.
The new Fishponds fishing bothy is situated mid point between Knowesbank and Fishponds and provides all the facilities expected by anglers and their guests, including free Wi-Fi and a wood burning stove, offering comfort with idyllic views.
The Fishponds beat includes the 20 pools below, offering a wide variety of fishing.
Fishponds - Monday, Wednesday and Friday
- Black Rock
- Black Craigs
- Lodge End
- Benchil Green
- Fishponds Green
- Well Hole
- Alec's Hole
Fishponds being the upper beat, provides the angler with excellent fly water on both banks, dropping into slightly deeper water towards Knowesbank.
This is where the floating devon or upstream toby can work with great success. The boat can also be very useful in this deeper water to cover specific areas.
Knowesbank - Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
- March Hole
- Hedge End
- Red Brae
- Knowes Bank
- Cochrane's Hole
- Shochie Mouth
- Schochie Green
- Luncarty Pool
- The Eddy
- Boat Pool
- Scheme Pool
Five year average: 162 salmon/grilse
2 beats, each 1.2 miles double bank, fished on alternate days, 20 pools
1 ghillie + 1 boat and a new purpose built fishing bothy with Wi-Fi,wood burning stove, kitchen and showering facilties
An additional boat with ghillie is available on request at additional cost
Iain Kirk, a fully SGAIC qualified instructor and experienced ghillie on the River Tay; can be contacted on mobile 07974 375474.
Keen To Learn?
As a fully qualified Scottish Game Angling Instructor, Iain combines tuition with a great day's fishing. (Based at the Fishponds Bothy)
Net A Great Day Out
I caught a beautiful salmon of 17lbs an your ghillie, Iain Kirk is a wonderful guy with attention and dedication. We had a very pleaseant time on the River Tay.
Comte de Luynes
A Man Called Fish
Our ghillie Iain Kirk met fishing enthusiast Ezio Taranto (also known as - A Man Called Fish) when he visited our Fishponds beat this spring, watch as they chat about the tricks of the trade and favourite flies too fish with. Click here to view.
The Waulkmill Beat forms the lower part of that stretch of river formerly known as the Lower Scone Salmon Fishings. The fishings start at the bottom of the Fishponds beat and extend along the east bank for about 3,000 yards downstream to a point just below Goldcastle.
Access to the river bank is excellent. The top fishing hut at Waulkmill is situated just upstream from the old ferry and access for vehicles is by way of a public road that runs from Stormontfield Road down to Perth Racecourse and on down to the river bank.
Access is also available to the west (right) bank of the river by way of the public road that runs from Scarth Road, Luncarty, down to Hatton, just opposite Ferry Cottage.
The two fishing huts are well maintained and comfortable and each is equipped with Calor Gas heaters, tables and chairs as well as a separate toilet. Adjacent to the huts are designated car parking areas. The beat is fished in two separate halves, Waulkmill and Goldcastle and with the benefit of the reciprocal arrangement with the proprietor of the opposite bank, clients will fish Waulkmill and Goldcastle on alternate days. The beat includes the following 22 pools which offer a wide variety of fishing.
Waulkmill (Upper beat) - Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
- Cadgers Hole
- The Bushes
- Waulkmill Stream
- Burn Mouth
- The Hatton
- Gelley Burn
- Black Trees
Goldcastle (Lower Beat)- Monday, Wednesday and Friday
- Denmark Green
- Hummel Head
- Hummel Hole
- Honey Hole
- The Neck
- Goldcastle Stream
- Hawkey Stone
- Five year average: 271 salmon/grilse and 18 sea trout
- 1.6 miles double bank (shared arrangement fished on alternate days) 22 pools
- 1 ghillie
- 2 boats and 2 huts (1 on each half beat)
- Maximum rods 4 - 5 Price range
- £20 to £250
It has in the past been customary to take boats off the river for weeks 18 - 24 inclusive and during this period maintenance work has been carried out to the fishing huts, the boats and the river banks and croys. Also the boatman and ghillies take part of their annual holiday.
Harry Proud, an experienced ghillie on the River Tay; can be contacted on
mobile 07780 566 099