Philiphaugh Estate & Salmon Viewing Centre
The Philiphaugh Salmon Viewing Centre opened in 2005. The centre is a unique visitor attraction that offers a fish’s-eye-view of the underwater world of the atlantic salmon using live camera footage inside the “state of art” Larinier pass, as well as archive footage from the previous seasons.
Children love the interactive displays which are both educational and fun. There are video games, crawling spaces where they can pretend to be a salmon fry, a life size salmon bean bag and colourful images and text to enhance their experience.
A short walk from the centre brings you to the Cauld where you may spot mature salmon as they make their way back up stream to spawn. Best time to see salmon leaping – August – November.
Also at the cauld you will find an Hydro Electric Power Station with two Archimedes Screw Turbines. Power output can produce enough electricity to supply 225 homes.
The ‘Waterwheel’ restaurant is open 7 days a week (10am-4pm) offers a wide range of delicious homemade meals, snacks and refreshments. The working walled garden is open all year for seasonal vegetables and fruits, plus bedding plants, hanging baskets and house plants.
Philiphaugh Estate has a wide range of walks to suite all the family – riverside, mature woodland and heath. We have an abundance of wildlife that shouldn’t be too hard to spot if you are quiet. You may find: oyster catchers, dippers, otters, badgers, roe deer, red squirrel, foxes, adders, kingfishers, heron, weasels, bats, hares and woodpeckers, to name just a few!
Though it rarely turns, our fully restored water wheel can be seen beside the sawmill. Children love collecting the images from the Brass Rubbing Trail – pick up a crayon and paper from the Salmon Centre and see how many you can find…
Philiphaugh Estate Open 7 days, free parking.