River Helmsdale: Early Spring Fishing Availability

The River Helmsdale opens on 11th January 2017 and there will be 10 days’ free fishing from Wednesday 11th until the following Saturday 21st January (excludes Sunday).  You can register at the Thyme and Plaice and also at the Belgrave Arms Hotel. http://www.helmsdalecompany.com/.

Accommodation in Helmsdale

There are lots of lovely places to stay in the village of Helmsdale, including hotels, B&Bs and holiday cottages.  For more details, please visit http://www.helmsdale.org/accommodation.html.

The opening days are very popular so we suggest you book your accommodation ASAP.

We also have some early spring fishing available in January and the beginning of February.  The weeks available are:

  • Sunday 29th January – Saturday 4th February
  • Sunday 5th January – Saturday 11th February

The fishing is for two rods and available by the week only.  The cost for each week is £1,006.63 inc. VAT and includes two days with a ghillie and self catered accommodation.  For enquiries, please contact Diana Darwall at lettings@suisgill.co.uk or on 01752 837351.

January and February Salmon Fishing Availability

We currently have two fishing weeks available at the start of next season on the River Helmsdale.  These weeks are for up to two rods and are to be taken with Balvallioch, our cosy self-catering holiday cottage overlooking the river.  The remaining dates we have available are:

  • w/c Sunday 29th January 2017
  • w/c Sunday 5th February 2017

For enquiries, please contact Diana Darwall at lettings@suisgill.co.uk or on 01752 837351.

Suisgill ‘Perfect for a Sporting Break’ According to The Field Magazine

In the June 2013 issue of The Field, Alexandra Henton lists the top places to stay for a perfect sporting break, and Suisgill appears high up in the list of Scottish estates.

“Finding fishing on the Helmsdale can be like finding gold”, she says.  “Luckily, if you stay at Suisgill you can fish the river and pan for gold.  Be advised, however, that the real gold is to be found at the end of a rod.”

Salmon fishing on the River Helmsdale

First Salmon of the Season Caught on a Suisgill Rod!

The 2012 salmon fishing season has got off to a flying start on the River Helmsdale and the first fish for the river was caught on a Suisgill rod!  Well done to Michael Dudgeon who caught the 10lb springer on Beat 3 last Saturday, and also to local angler Pete McMillan who caught the second fish of the season (a 6.5 pounder) on the Helmsdale Association Water.

New Suisgill Website

The new Suisgill website is finally going live, with lots of additional information about the estate, our properties and things to do and see in the area.

We hope you like it and would love to hear your thoughts.  If you have any feedback or suggestions, please email Lucy at lettings@suisgill.co.uk.

Screenshot from New Website

Lamb Prices on the Increase at Lairg Sale

Despite two extremely harsh winters, record-breaking prices were obtained today at Lairg in the United Auctions first annual sale of North Country Cheviot lambs, bringing more than £750,000 to the local economy.

A total of 13,679 lambs were brought to the sale (with Suisgill bringing just under 500) and prices averaged out at £71.91 for ewe lambs and £58.55 for wether lambs, which meant an increase of £7.91 and £2.79 per head respectively compared to last year.  We were extremely pleased with the results for Suisgill, with the price for the ewe lambs being up by between £9 and £20 on last year.

The top price for ewe lambs was £132 achieved by our neighbour Sandy Henderson from Achentoul Farms for his shepherd’s pack.  Achentoul Farms was also the largest consignor with 979 lambs.

Suisgill Lambs with Shepherd David Henderson