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The salmon are leaping at Philiphaugh!

The autumn season of migrating salmon has begun and already thousands of fish have made their way up the Ettrick through the fish pass at Philiphaugh Salmon Viewing Centre to reach their spawning grounds.

The underwater cameras are relaying spectacular live images to the big screen at the centre where visitors have been delighted to not only witness the fantastic salmon at the end of their epic journey back from the Atlantic Ocean but also wonderful views of eels scavenging around the rock ledges, shoals of grayling, salmon parr and the occasional big trout.

The river water is low and very clear which affords us lovely, clear, underwater views. Once the rain comes, the river will rise and then the exciting spectacle will begin, with salmon leaping from the water in their attempts to make it up river, this can be watched from the riverside just a short walk from the salmon viewing centre or on the big screen in the centre.

The peak time for this activity is from October to the end of November and sometimes the run can extend into December depending on the weather.

Guided walks from the centre take place every Thursday at 10.00am (from 18th October) alternating each week between a short salmon walk or a longer estate walk to explore the beautiful Philiphaugh Estate and discover the wealth of wildlife to be found there.

To book a place on a walk please email or telephone 07850 411122.

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