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River Tay, Kinclaven, Perth and Kinross, Scotland


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The Ballathie Fishings:
Sale of salmon fishing rights in perpetuity. A Timeshare week for six rods on the Ballathie beat, one of the most prolific salmon beats on the world famous River Tay, near Stanley, Perthshire.

The fishings were timeshared in 1997 with six rods in each week being sold in perpetuity.

The Ballathie beat is situated on the Lower Tay offering about 1.25 miles of single bank and boat fishing. The beat offers 23 named pools, which provides for excellent fishing in all conditions, giving the beat an enviable reputation. The beat also boasts two comfortable fishing/lunch huts overlooking the river, with the upper hut being recently redeveloped to a very high standard. The beat is readily accessible with vehicles being able to drive to the huts on both beats.

The Ballathie Fishings is situated in the heart of Perthshire amongst some of the most magnificent countryside between the Grampian and Sidlaw Hills. This area of Scotland is renowned for its beatiful and undisturbed country and yet is also highly accessible. The beat lies approximately 12 miles north of Perth, offering excellent transport with the A9 within six miles, which links to the M90 at Perth. From Perth there is also a regular rail service north and south, whilst Edinburgh airport is approximately 50 miles south east. Dundee also offers a small airport and light aircraft can be landed at Scone Aerodrome by private arrangement.

From Perth follow the A9 in a northerly direction for about 2.5 miles, taking the B9099 signposted to Stanley. Proceed along this road for four miles passing through the villages of Luncarty and Stanley. About half a mile north of Stanley, turn right to Kinclaven. After approximately two miles, pass the driveway of the Ballathie House Hotel, and there is vehicular access to the river over the Ballathie House front and back drives over the route shown on the plan as A-B-C and D-E-F.

The River Tay:
The River Tay is arguably one of Scotland's greatest salmon fishing rivers, offering some of the finest salmon and sea-trout fishing in the British Isles. Covering a catchment area of some 2,800 square miles, the main river flows 114 miles from the eastern slopes of Argyll Mountains to the North Sea beyond Dundee.

The lower reaches of the Tay flow strong and deep and is home to many of the world famous beats, of which Ballathie is one and where some of the best all round salmon fishing can be enjoyed. The River Tay boasts prolific spring and autumn runs of salmon, which can include some sizeable fish of 30lbs and beyond. The river has a proven history of large salmon, the most famous of those being the 64lb British record caught on the 7 October 1922 by Miss Ballantine at Glendelvine near Dunkeld.

The fishing season on the River Tay currently opens on 15 January and closes on 15 October each year.

Week 28:
Week 28 commences on 20 July in 2015. An annual management charge is levied each year to pay for the running costs of the fishings. There are two elements to the charge on each timeshare week, the management fee and the Tayside District Salmon Fisheries Board levy.

The management charge in 2014 for week 28 was £376.95 per rod inclusive of VAT. There is an annual capital payment of £60 per rod alongside a £15 per rod interest payment for the erection of the new fishng huts, payable until 2017 which was agreed to be paid over five years in 2013.

The Tayside District Salmon Fisheries Board levy is based on the five year catch for each week, which for 2014 was £498.01 per rod.

The 2015 management charge and Tayside District Salmon Fisheries Board levy will be made available on request once calculated at the 2014 year end.

The five year average for week 28 is 9.2 fish.

Reciprocal Agreement:
There is a formal Reciprocal Agreement with the proprietors of the opposite Cargill Beat, whereby each proprietor is entitled to fish from both banks on alternate days. In the 2015 season, Ballathie Fishings Syndicate will fish the lower beat on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and will fish the upper beat from both banks on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. The arrangement is reversed each year.

There are two experienced ghillies on the beat, who have an invaluable knowledge of the river. The ghillies are Mr George McInnes (Head Ghillie) and Mr Garry McEarlain. The cost of the ghillies is included within the annual management charge, which is shared amongst the owners.

The Tay District Salmon Fisheries Board:
The Board has been in place for over a century and adminstrates the river. Its policies have included the improved access of salmon to spawning tributaries and habitat and stock enhancement as well as the employment and supervision of water bailiffs. The Board is elected by the proprietors of the Tay River salmon beats.

The River Tay Protection Order:
The River Tay system is covered by a Trout Protection Order. Trout fishers are required to purchase day permits which regulate the number on each beat. Ballathie is not a popular trout fishing beat and there has rarely been any conflict between the salmon and trout fishers.

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