Dounie, River Carron

Dounie Estate is located 40 miles North of Inverness in the county of Sutherland. The closest villages, approximately 10 miles away, are Ardgay and Bonar Bridge. The Estate is located on the Lower Middle Carron in a blissfully peaceful location. Dounie offers visiting fishers riverbank accommodation, privacy, a mix of double and single banked fishing and the chance of excellent fishing. This is a much-loved beat, with many anglers returning year after year to enjoy the bird, plant and wildlife together with the excellent fishing


The Carron is blessed with a strong spring run and the first fish at Dounie is normally caught in the first half of March. Late March, April, May and June are all months which can offer fantastic sport with fresh spring fish. Grilse then arrive through late June, July and August, and September can offer magic sport as falling water temperatures wake the resident population from their slumbers.


The Dounie beat is double banked for two thirds of its length, with one third being single banked, right bank fishing. There are a total of 22 pools which fish in different water conditions and which offer great variety. The open landscape of the upper section contains a number of large pools interspersed with rapids; in the middle section there is a series of slower pools in deep gorges; in the lower section the river banks open out through fields and woods.. The resident ghillie, Jamie Sawyer, will show new anglers the beat, and is available for advice if required. Two beats are let, each of two rods. Beats are exchanged at lunch time each day. Wading when required is easy, with some staging and platforms to help anglers cover the best lies.


Please note that Dounie is a spate river and given water fishing can be first class. In periods of dry weather, however, great stealth is required and your best chance will be either early or late with days best spent exploring the beaches and golf courses of the North



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