River fishing

The River Nith is the largest river in Dumfries and Galloway, and has an established reputation for the quality of its salmon and sea trout. 1st April marks the start of the brown trout season on the River Nith. On its long and winding journey, the river travels from its source at New Cumnock in Ayrshire, to its mouth at the Solway. The Queensberry Estate gives you access to 10.5 miles of the river Nith, plus plus 8.5 miles on the River Scaur (split into 2 stretches). There are now 5 beats on the River Nith (Nith Linns, Castle Upper, Castle Middle, Castle Lower and Boatford Beats) and approximately 40 pools.

Prices range from £10 to £45 per rod, per day. The Lower and Middle Castle Beats are restricted to 5 rods each, but can be booked for exclusive fishing by up to 5 rods. The other beats have no restrictions on the number of rods.

Anglers can retain one Sea Trout 3lb and under per day, per rod. Please make sure that catch returns (including nil returns) are given to the Estate Office at the end of the fishing day. We strongly recommend the use of life jackets while fishing on the river.

Between April and August (inclusive) children’s tickets are available at 50% of the adult price. Children must be aged 17 or under and must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Grayling ticket £10 per rod.

Please note that Grayling fishing is only permitted on the River Nith and not the Scaur or any other tributary. Wading is permitted for grayling fishing.

Bookings

Bookings can be made through:

  • Queensberry Estate Office (01848 600415) Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm
  • River Manager, Scott Kerr, (07765 002142) Friday, 5pm-8pm and on Saturday 9am-1pm.
  • Day tickets can be booked at the Buccleuch & Queensberry Arms Hotel, Thornhill, between 5pm and 7pm every day (who also offer accommodation and fishing packages).

 

Gift Vouchers

River and Loch gift vouchers are available for purchase. Please contact the Estate office on 01848 600415 for details or to order.