Country Sports on Murthly Estate


Salmon Fishing on the River Tay

The River Tay at Murthly provides some of the most picturesque and peaceful salmon fishing to be had on the Tay, with catch numbers equalling many beats on the lower river, thanks to a combination of deep pools, shaded banks and the expert help of our ghillies. More...

Shooting and Stalking

The Estate's varied landscape, including Highland and Lowland ground, open heather and birch woods, grass fields and designed landscapes, makes for a wide variety of high-quality shooting and stalking. Your party also has the option of dining at Murthly Castle. More...

Trout Fishing on the River Tay, River Braan and local lochs

Trout fishing is let through the Dunkeld and Birnam Angling Association. Day permits are available from the Post Office in Dunkeld. Club membership enquiries should be directed to the Club Secretary by e-mail.



Salmon Fishing on the River Tay


Watch our video overview of fishing at Murthly here.

Fishing at Murthly Estate, you're in good hands with our hugely experienced ghillies, Donald Tritton and Tony Black, who have been here since 1985 and 1989 respectively. Our superb fly-fishing water fishes well throughout the season, 30-pound salmon are landed most years, and our catch numbers compare to many Lower Tay beats. In higher water spinning from the bank can also be highly productive.

The 5-year average (2015 - 2019) stands at 318 salmon and 17 sea trout, and our latest catches can be seen on Fishtay. The 2020 season cannot be used as a reliable guide, as fishing was not possible for much of the year.

Murthly continues to lead the way in returning fish to the river for conservation purposes. It is, though, the outstanding setting of the River Tay at Murthly that brings people back year after year: water shaded by mature trees on the banks, views up the river to the hills around Dunkeld, and a tremendous view of Strathmore; views that have inspired artists including John Millais, David Farquharson, Ernest Briggs, James Kinnear and Alistair Makinson.

The river can be fished by wading or from the bank, and each beat has its own boat for access to water that cannot be reached by wading, and its own hut with modern facilities.

Bookings & Enquiries

Please contact Morag Mill by e-mail or on 01738 630 666.

Beat 1 comprises alternating days on the Top Water (five rods) and Low Water (five rods).

Beat 2 comprises alternating days on Stenton (three rods) and the Top Water (five rods).

Murthly Estate Fishing Beats


Our fishing parties are welcomed actively at Miss Ballantine's Cottage on Glendelvine Estate, and at the Tay House sporting lodge in Dunkeld.




Shooting and Stalking

Shooting at Murthly begins with a warm welcome from our head keeper Fergus McGregor in a traditional farm court converted for the shoot, heated by a wood-burning stove.

The wide variety of terrain in this part of Perthshire, which straddles both Highland and Lowland ground, makes for an exciting day out with different challenges. There is partridge shooting over heather, birch woods and upland; pheasant shooting in the landscaped grounds around the castle, with their mature Douglas Firs, California Redwoods, and other specimen trees; and walked-up shooting anywhere in the fine woods.

The beauty of the Estate's natural setting and designed landscape is irresistible to many, and many of our shooting parties return year after year to enjoy both the landscape and the company.

In addition, there is the option of enjoying a meal at Murthly Castle after your shoot, to make the perfect end to the day.

We also offer stalking on the Estate, with red, roe and fallow deer all present. Stalking allows you to experience the whole variety of terrain that Perthshire has to offer within an area of a just a few square miles, thanks to the Estate's position at the foot of the Highlands.

Bookings & Enquiries

To make an enquiry or a booking, please contact Amy Kincaid on 01738 494 135 or by e-mail.


Our shooting and stalking parties are welcomed actively at the Meikleour Arms and at the Tay House sporting lodge in Dunkeld.