The Ballathie Fishings
SITUATION AND DESCRIPTION
Ballathie is situated at the heart of Perthshire in charming, unspoilt countryside between the Grampian and Sidlaw Hills. Perth lies about 12 miles to the south west where there is a main line railway station with regular daytime and overnight services to London and the south. The A94 gives fast access to the motorway network at Perth and Edinburgh Airport (about 60 minutes at off peak times).
The Tay is Scotland's greatest river in virtually every respect. It is the longest (120 miles) and the widest. It has the greatest catchment area (in excess of 2,000 square miles), the greatest number of tributaries and the largest volume of flow. Most importantly it has the largest salmon catch and the largest fish.
The Tay season opens on January 15th and closes on October 15th. The river has a history of large salmon, the most famous being the 64 lb British record fish caught by Miss Ballantine on 7th October 1922 at Glendelvine near Dunkeld.
Ballathie is a traditional Scottish estate encompassing farming, forestry and sporting enterprises. The former mansion is now a leading 4 star country house hotel which provides superb dining and accommodation for anglers if required. The Ballathie beat is divided into the Upper and Lower Beats and can be fished from the banks, by wading and from a boat. The beats extend to about 1.25 miles in length and include 23 named pools. There is a reciprocal arrangement with the proprietors of the opposite bank (Cargill) whereby each proprietor can fish both banks on alternate days.
There are 2 good lunch huts and a ghillie is allocated to each beat.
METHOD OF OWNERSHIP
The formation of The Ballathie Fishings Timeshare Ltd in 1997 has allowed fishermen to secure prime fishing on the River Tay in perpetuity giving them the right to fish for salmon and sea trout during their chosen week. The purchaser of the rod offered for sale will acquire a pro indiviso share in the Ballathie salmon fishings. He/She will be bound by a Minute of Agreement together with a Standard Security over their title in order to ensure compliance with the rules. Further details are available from the selling agents. The fishings are managed by a Management Committee which meets at least once a year.
Week 36 is a mid September week. This is a delightful time of year to be on the River Tay when the surrounding landscape is at its most colourful. An annual management charge is levied each year to pay for the running costs of the fishings including the ghillies. The charge for 2016 is £662.27p per rod.