Traquair estate comprises around 4,500 acres surrounding the main house which includes four let farms (mainly upland and sheep), 300 acres of mixed forestry, 20 cottages and fishing on the River Tweed. The income from the estate continues to play an essential role part in helping to maintain the fabric of the house and enables Traquair to be sustainable business.
Traquair has some of the finest trout, grayling, sea trout and salmon fishing available on its doorstep, the world-famous River Tweed always offering the possibility of great sport throughout the year. There are 2 miles of fishing available on the River Tweed close to the house and the best season to fish for salmon here is October – November. Trout and sea trout are available 1st April to the end of September and grayling fishing is available throughout the year. Please take a look at FishPal’s website for more details and contact them by email to book.
Instruction and guiding is available from Finlay Wilson, a Hardy/Greys endorsed professional guide/casting instructor and features writer for Trout & Salmon magazine. From beginners and youngsters wanting to get started to accomplished anglers looking for a fast track to the hot spots or improvements in casting techniques, they can cater for all levels. All equipment is provided and can make a wonderful addition to your stay at Traquair.
Take a look at our live web cam showing life on the River Tweed at Traquair.
There are approximately 300 acres of mixed forestry on the estate including the ancient woodlands around Traquair House which include some stunning examples of heritage trees including the yew tree circle and European Firs.
The forests are managed to maintain and enhance biodiversity, protect existing wildlife and conservation designations and to produce a sustainable income to meet all forestry expenditure.
A long term forest plan has recently been completed and approved by the Forestry Commission which highlights opportunities for developing and enhancing the woodlands and ongoing maintenance required.
There are four let farms at Traquair mostly farming sheep and some cattle. The sheep you will see in the fields and hills around Traquair are a mix of Blackface, Texal, Suffolk and some crosses. These breeds are known for their hardiness and ability to withstand cold winters.
WIAT - Woodlands in and around towns
We are currently in the process of applying for a grant under this scheme which is managed by the Forestry Commission to allow us to develop a path network from Innerleithen and Traquair.
The footpath proposal will develop walks from Innerleithen around Traquair estate and an off road route for access direct from the town into the estate. This is conditional on being successful in achieving funding to help realise our aims.
The first stage of the process was a community consultation held in November 2016 and we are now working on refining the exact routes taking on board all comments that were made. We are very grateful to the enormous support for the project we have already received and if you were not able to make the consultation or would like further information please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Cottages and house to rent
We have a number of cottages and houses and some workshop space at Traquair that are rented out on a long term basis.
For more details contact CKD Galbraith:
Tel: 01896 754842.
The only holiday accommodation at Traquair is at Howford House which sleeps up to 18 people. Details here.