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wp8c00945d_0fSalmon Viewing Centre

The  Salmon Viewing Centre on Philiphaugh Estate is a perfect spot to learn about the life cycle of the salmon. It is designed to appeal to children, who can crawl through a tunnel representing the river bed, play a computer game and follow the salmon’s amazing life on beautifully painted murals

You may be lucky to see something on live-feed cameras, which are placed in the river and fish pass. It is hoped that a counter will be installed in the fish pass in 2017 and the exact numbers ascending the cauld (dam) will then be known. Press the ‘highlights’ button and you will see exciting footage of salmon swimming about underwater, as well as other river creatures.

A short walk on top of the new flood bank will take you to the cauld, where you will see two massive Archimedes Screw turbines turning to produce electricity. If river levels are high you may also see salmon jumping at the face of the cauld, as they make their way upstream to spawn in the headwaters. Continuing your walk up river you will come to the ‘Meetings’, where the Ettrick and Yarrow rivers meet. There is abundant bird life, including dippers, duck, woodland species, waders and if you are very lucky you might glimpse an otter. Finish your trip with delicious refreshments in the Waterwheel café.

 

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