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Sleeps - 9
Region - Angus & Fife
Sporting Salmon Fishing
Rental from £1,250 per week
The Gallery Beat is noted for its suitability for fly fishing, being generally fast and streamy, and the beat is generally fly, except in very high or coloured water conditions.
There are well maintained mown paths allowing easy access to the river. Wading is also generally easy.
There is a fishing hut with a wood burning stove available for use. The fishings are highly accessible by road (5 minutes off the A90) rail is 15 minutes drive from Montrose (with sleeper service) and air (60 minutes drive from Aberdeen).
There is a 5 bedroom farmhouse available for lets which sleeps 9. The weekly rental for Mill of Balmaleedie is from £1,250 per week.
A charming beat offering some fantastic fishing on the North Esk.
Accommodation The accommodation is an attractive old farmhouse dating from the 17th century mill which has recently been modernised and extended. It comprises:
5 bedrooms (1 double, 3 twin, 1 single) 3 bath/shower rooms (2 en suite) Large, light living room with wood burning stove and large screen tv Dining room Well equipped kitchen and utility room Rod room + dog accommodation in an adjacent steading
The house is located only about 800 yards outside the village of Marykirk which has a friendly pub which serves excellent food. It is also very well placed for activities for non-fishers, such as walking on the coast (10 mins) or in the beautiful Glens of Angus (20 mins) or visiting the historic House of Dun (10 mins) There are many excellent golf courses in the area plus various shooting/stalking possibilities.
The house and garden are child friendly with slide, wendy house and trampoline in the fence-in garden, making it an attractive proposition for mixed fishing/family holidays.
Fishing The annual average catch on Gallery has now risen to 180 salmon/grilse and 20 sea trout, an excellent result considering the largely fly-only restrictions. There is fishing on 11 pools (as listed below) spread over just under 1.5 miles.
Fishing is currently available to let during the period mid-February to end August. The beat has traditionally been fished quite lightly during the earlier part of the year but fish begin running very early and Trout and Salmon magazine highlighted the North Esk as one of the UK’s better spring salmon rivers. Just remember to wrap up well in February, although there is a wood burning stove in the fishing hut.
June by contrast offers long, warm (and midge-free!) evenings when there is a good chance of sea trout, perhaps following a barbecue on the farmhouse terrace (Weber barbecue available) There is an extraordinary profusion of flowers on the river bank in mid-summer, especially sweet rocket followed by campanulas.
The Gallery beat is 5 minutes drive or 20 minutes walk from the farmhouse which is located only 50 yards from the river. There is a ghillie available to give advice and assistance when required.
Rental rates for the 3 to 4 rod beat are: February – June inclusive £60/rod/day (min. 3 rods) July/August £90/rod/day (min. 4 rods) September/October £120/rod/day (min. 4 rods)
Salmon fishing on 11 pools
Stobb Tail of the Island Arran / Red Brae Lairds Cast Upper Gallery Ministers Hatton Bend Hatton Kroy Long Run Cobbleheugh / Dam
Annual average catch on Gallery is 180 salmon / grisle and 20 sea trout (average taken over 5 years)
Season runs from 15th February – 31st October
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