Country House for sale

Thurso, Caithness

Offers in Region of £50,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Fishings on a Category 1 river with no restrictions
  • Almost four miles of double bank with 29 named pools
  • 4 rods on week 25, for sale as a whole or in two lots
  • Week 25 has a 10 year average of 22.3
  • Fishing over four rotated beats split in two above and below Forss Falls
  • Maximum of 2 rods fishing per beat to provide exclusive fishing for each rod
  • Access is available from various locations along the river, including the Forss House Hotel

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

Subjects of Sale Timeshare Fishing Weeks on the River Forss, Caithness, for sale in two lots or as a whole.

Lot 1; 2 x rods for week 25, beginning the 7th of August.

Lot 2; 2 x rods for week 25, beginning the 7th of August.

• The river Forss is a Category 1 river with no restrictions.

• Week 25 provides some of the best fishing on the river, with one of the highest chances of catching more fresh fish compared with other weeks. It has a 5 year average of 21.4 and a 10 year average of 22.3.

The River Forss
The River Forss has a catchment of over twenty miles, and takes in the area between Thurso and the Halladale rivers in Caithness and Sutherland. Its source is the northern end of Loch Shurrey, which is a small, shallow fresh water loch located around 8 miles south west of Thurso. From here it runs 13 miles north until it reaches the Atlantic Ocean at Crosskirk Bay.

As well as on the River Forss, fishing takes place nearby on the Thurso, Halladale and Naver rivers, all of which offer good fishing, especially the Naver. The area is famously known for its wild brown trout fishing due to the fish growing to a size of above average and this takes place locally on Loch Watten, Loch St Johns, Heilan Loch, Reay Lochs and Loch Toftingal. The coastline also offers sea fishing and is popular with anglers. From the shore fish catches include Coley, Pollack and Cod whilst by boat Haddock, Turbot and Skate are amongst some of the catches.

Under recent conservation measures introduced by Scottish Government, the River Forss is currently a Category 1 river, and with that only salmon caught before the 1st of April must by law be returned to the river. After this date there is a voluntary catch and release policy in place. Last year 64.59% of fish were returned to the river. Categorisation is reviewed annually.

The river has a five year average catch of 276 and a ten year average of 257. Last year the largest fish taken was on the 15th of August, weighing 18.5lbs

Forss House Fishings
The Forss House Fishings are situated almost four miles south downstream of Crosskirk Bay to the sea, passing The Forss House Hotel by Caithness.

The Forss is a typical spate river. Originally the river was a net fishery and the fishings were owned by Forss Estate. The netting ceased when the bottom section of the river became a time shared fishery in 1986. The Board of Management of the Forss House Fishings Association control the fishings on behalf of and are fully accountable to some one hundred owners. There are 240 timeshared rod weeks between the end of February and the end of October, however the first three weeks and last two weeks are not fished.

Forss House Fishings provide fishing for 2 rods on each beat, by fly only (unless under exceptional circumstances stated by the River Superintendent). There are 29 named pools over the 4 beats, which produce a variety of fish in a variety of fishing conditions, from productive sea pools, picturesque falls pools and marshlands upstream. The two beats below the falls can be fished all season whilst the other two are normally only fished from the end of April onwards due to water temperatures preventing fish ascending the falls before then.

Beat one at the lowest stretch forms part of a deep channel which runs through a low lying strath to the rocky sea bed at Crosskirk Bay. Beat two begins at Forss Falls with the Falls pool and consists of a number or rock and cobble pools, this is the most productive beat due to its ability to hold fish when water prevents them being able to pass. Both beat three and four are through marshland, which is home to a diverse range of summer flora. Beat four’s boundary is Forss Bridge which is a listed, mid-18th century hump structure.

There is a bothy which provides shelter and a pleasant spot for breaks and lunch. It is equipped with a kitchen including a cooker and fridge, a bathroom and sitting area. Parking for beat one is located here, whilst for beat two and three it is at Forss House Hotel and for four is adjacent to Stemster Bridge.

The catch records on the river for the last ten years are available on request.

Forss House Hotel is situated 5 miles west of Thurso just off the A836. Caithness is known for both its dramatic coastal scenery and open moorland, although remote it is accessible from Inverness in two and a half hours by car.

The area forms part of the North Coast 500 route which is Scotland’s take on Americas Route 66 and is extremely popular with tourists.

Thurso provides services such as shops, cafes, bars, restaurants, and a library. Thurso train station offers links south to Inverness and Wick. The town is also home to North Highland College’s main campus and Thurso High School. It has its own football team which play in the North Caledonian League and has two local rugby teams. There is a major surf spot named the North Shore, which hosts surfing championships and is popular with water sports enthusiasts. Wick some 26 miles away also has a range of services and facilities. Inverness airport provides regular flights to destinations throughout the UK and Europe.


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  • Thurso (4.8 mi)
Distances are straight line measurements from centre of postcode

To view this property or request more details, contact:

Strutt & Parker, Inverness

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01463 568033 Local call rate

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