The River Tay

The Taymouth Castle Estate offers some of Scotland's finest fishing with some two and a half miles of world-renowned salmon fishing on the River Tay. The various pools and glides on offer to guests of the estate provide a truly unique fly-fishing experience unparalleled anywhere in the world.

The River Tay (Gaelic: Tatha) is the longest river in Scotland and the seventh-longest in the United Kingdom. The Tay originates in western Scotland on the slopes of Ben Lui (Beinn Laoigh), then flows easterly across the Highlands, through Loch Dochhart, Loch Lubhair and Loch Tay, then continues east through Strathtay (see Strath), in the centre of Scotland, then southeasterly through Perth, where it becomes tidal, to its mouth at the Firth of Tay, south of Dundee.

Loch Tay

The estate also enjoys fishing rights on Loch Tay, which is 16 miles long and a mile wide at its widest point. Loch Tay lies between the villages of Killin and Kenmore in the central highlands of Scotland. It is 14 miles long and over a mile wide. The rivers Lochay and Dochart run into the head of the loch in the west, while the River Tay itself flows out of the loch in the east.

The west end is particularly favoured for pike fishing as there are more shallows and weeds. Roach, which are a recent introduction, are now increasing in numbers. Perch are also present together with Ferox trout, although these are rarely fished for, but they are there. Specimens of 16lb, 13lb and 12lb have been taken in the last few years.


The Tay which runs through the estate, is one of the best salmon rivers in the United Kingdom, indeed in Europe. Anglers come to central Scotland from all over the world to fish. It is the home of record fish including the largest ever rod caught salmon in Britain which was caught by Miss Georgina Ballantine in 1922, weighing 64lbs, and which remains the British Record.

The extensive river system comprises many smaller tributaries which are also excellent salmon fisheries and include the Earn, Isla, Ericht, Tummel, Garry, Dochart, Lyon and Eden.