At last, a new fishing tackle, country and outdoor store opening in Helmsdale. 19th May 2018

Helmsdale’s Yvonne Grant, daughter of Andy Sutherland and granddaughter of Andrew Sutherland is opening her new shop on Dunrobin Street in Helmsdale.  It is called Glencoast and will be stocking all your fly and sea fishing needs along with clothing and outdoor essentials such as Rovince tick protection clothing.  She can be contacted on 07796330479 and 01431 821372.

Gold Panning

The Suisgill Estate is one of a very small  number of estates which still allow gold panning on their land.   If not monitored properly, gold panning can potentially be very destructive to the environment.  Ideally everyone should be able to continue this enjoyable hobby on the Kildonan burn, but monitoring the activity takes time and expense.  We have amended the pre-existing rules slightly, as these had been blatantly flouted by a significant minority. We therefore felt strongly that the introduction of a fee for permits would help us keep the activity better regulated.  Any profits will go towards the upkeep of Kildonan Church.

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.

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

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 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 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.

Dog-Friendly Self Catering Cottages in Scotland

As dog owners ourselves, we have always been dog friendly at Suisgill and dogs are welcome at all of our self-catering holiday properties.  However, it is surprising the number of people who get in touch to ask if we are pet friendly, having had real trouble finding any self catering holiday cottages in the Scottish Highlands that will accept pets.  Often they have tried searching online for words like “holiday cottage dogs allowed Scotland”, “holiday cottages dogs welcome Sutherland”, “dog friendly self catering holiday cottages in Scotland” or “holiday cottage dogs allowed Scottish Highlands” and not had much joy.  Often it will bring up big holiday cottage websites that claim to list cottages where dogs are accepted but when you click on the page you find that you are directed elsewhere.  Another frequent problem we hear about is that people often have several dogs and they find a great cottage where “dogs are allowed” but then discover that they won’t accept more than one dog. 

As people often stumble across us by accident and then find out that dogs are welcome, I would like to take the opportunity to shout from the roof tops that we accept pets!  Our general policy is that we love dogs but also love responsible dog owners so, whilst we try to make you and your dogs as welcome as possible, we also ask you to bear in mind that Suisgill is a working estate where sheep roam freely and that we also let our properties to non-dog-owners, some of whom may be allergic to dog hair.  For further guidance about staying at our self catering properties with dogs, please visit our Guidance for Dog Owners page.