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Fishing self catering Scotland - attractive traditional cottage with modern stylish interior in beautiful location close to excellent fishing - sleeps 6 + 2


Ghillies Cottage - recently renovated traditional, stone cottage with lovely views.

I enjoy fishing in this area of Scotland, The river Nith is a particular favourite as its a great Salmon fishing river, But here I am in early March water lapping at the top of my waders, my eldest son has returned from Dundee where he is studying, the sun is at such a low angle it is bouncing off the surface of the water and the chill of the morning air is cleansing my lungs from the exhaust fumes and city stench of normal life. This river does not close at the end of the salmon season as many of the beats stay open for grayling fishing. The river is very quiet at this time of year and I have several miles of riverbank all to mymself. Most fish are to be caught on deeply fished nymphs and long trotting but even on the coldest of days there may well be some fly life on the surface providing an opportunity to try and capture one of these superb fish on the dry fly.

The last time I fished here was in the biting cold of winter on a grey November day. The autumn months of September through November are the prime months for salmon on the Nith, with runs of the famous greyback salmon running up the river in numbers. The Nith is a river of good volume and in time of rain can flood quickly and dramatically. The floods tend to be opaque and whilst this is good for the angler wishing to spin or worm fish, it does allow good numbers of fish to enter the river which makes for fine sport for the fly fishing as the river begins to fine down and clear. The watchword when autumn fishing on the Nith is to carry both a spinning rod and a fly rod to get the best out of the river.

So here I am, the water is high so I am using a weighted tube fly I am working the fly whilst it is in the water, getting the dressing pulsing as I wade closer to the edge and bang, the rod dips and the line stretches the reel is puuled and I have to slow it down as it reels out. It takes a short while to reel the fish in as the line gets caught around a branch at the side of the water and I see my catch , its about 2 lb and its a beauty. These are lovely fish and my son helps me net it. What a great feeling, we are soon back and its not long before my son catches another, sligytly smaller than nime although he feels his is bigger. That was dinner sorted then.

My wife had been shopping in Thornhill and was pleased with a top she had bought from a small boutique, together in this lovely new kitchen which had all the latest ovens and kitchen gadgets, we baked the fish with butter, lemon juice and a dash of cream, some potatoes and carrots and we had a very tasty candle lit dinner sitting in the lovely dining room just beside the kitchen. "It really doesn't get better than this" my son said as we relaxed on the comfortable leather sofas in the living room watching the long evening shadows laying on surrounding fields with a whisky in our hands and a smile on our faces.

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Cosy sitting room with comfortable seating for six people, log-effect gas stove for instant heat. TV, DVD player, CD player, DAB radio, docking system and Wi-Fi.
Well equipped kitchen with new oven/hobs, full size fridge-freezer and dishwasher.
Utility room with sink, washing machine and tumble drier.
Dining area with seating for up to eight people. High chair if required.
Large twin bedroom.
Shower room.

Luxury bathroom with roll-top bath and large walk-in shower.
Large double bedroom.
Two single bedrooms.
Optional: two fold out beds.
All beds have Egyptian cotton bed linen, two pillows per  person and 13 tog duvets.
Towels and other essentials provided.

Cot available on request.

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Ghillies Cottage is surrounded by glorious countryside and there are walks that cross by the garden of the cottage up into the hills and over to a lovely loch where it is really nice to take a picnic.

good area for sailing and boat trips

Drumlanrig Castle and Estate is close by, home of the Duke of Buccleuch the Castle is open to visitors together with the gardens and an adventure playground, a plant nursary a courtyard of small shops and Scotland's cycle museum with lots of mountain bike tracks throughout the forest.

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There are many interesting activities close by and there are a few equestrian centres, perfect for a hack in th country byways

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The fishing is good, the river Nith runs close to Ghillies Cottage and is a great fishing sea salmon and for trout . Also Scaur water flows close by and joins the Nith just a couple of miles away.

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Thornhill has a great golf course. 18 holes, 6085 yards, SSS 70, par 71 - Very attractive layout set in beautiful mid Nithsdale - a mixture of parkland and heathland with spectacular views of the Southern Uplands. At 6085 yards with an SSS of 70 it should be fairly easy for the high handicapper but the course offers a real challenge for the scratch golfer.