Philiphaugh Salmon Viewing Centre

Wildlife, Safari Parks, Zoos & Farms

Old Mill Farm, Philiphaugh, Selkirk, Selkirkshire, TD7 5LX

    Watch salmon swim upriver to spawn at the Philiphaugh Salmon Viewing Centre.

    Visit the Salmon Centre and watch live footage from the Cauld - you might just spot a wild Salmon battling it's way through the water.

    Visit the fully restored, working walled gardens and try some of our tasty produce!

    Spot some amazing wildlife - otters, red squirrel, roe deer, badgers, bats, owls, heron, foxes, pheasants, hares and a whole host of native birds.

    Find peace and tranquility as you walk through stunning scenery on our woodland and river paths.

    View the fully restored working waterwheel and marvel at this feat of 19th century engineering.

    Take the brass rubbings trail - can you find all the native species we've hidden?

    Find out about the famous Battle of Philiphaugh.....

    Listen to our entertaining and factual audio tour as you wander through the grounds.

    Enjoy a refreshing drink and a delicious bite to eat at the Waterwheel Cafe.

    Philiphaugh Estate is steeped in history and natural wonder.

    In 2005 we built The Salmon Centre as an educational facility to help preserve wild salmon by recording numbers and species type from our underwater cameras and counters.
    The data we collect is used by the Tweed Forum, Tweed Foundation and Scottish Natural Heritage to conserve the species.

    Children love the interactive displays, which are both fun and educational. There are video games, crawling spaces where you can pretend to be a salmon fry, the head of an extinct salmon, life size bean bag fish and loads of paintings, images and text.

    You can watch live salmon via underwater cameras on the large plasma screen, or video extracts from throughout the year.

    We have an Audio Tour available to all visitors which will enhance your visit to the Salmon Centre and the estate as a whole. The Salmon Centre is open all year, 7 days per week from 9-5pm.

    A short walk from the centre brings you to the Cauld where you can see salmon battling the waters to reach their spawning ground. It's an amazing sight!
    August to November are the best times of year to see mature salmon leaping right out of the water, but fish can be viewed underwater at any time of the year from the salmon centre cameras.

    Built in 1850, our fully restored working waterwheel is fascinating to watch. It was built to power the saw mill and takes water from the Ettrick River to generate power. The water powered mill was used right up until 1980, but was in need of repair, so we switched to mains electric to accomodate the restoration.

    The saw mill is still in use as we harvest timber from the estate to use for all our fences, bridges, timber constructions and to sell to the public.
    The waterwheel is switched on most days so you can admire the power of this natural energy source.

    Our fully restored Working Walled Garden is packed full of seasonal produce and plants for sale.

    Strawberries, raspberries, beans, peas, cabbages, brocolli, salad crops, gooseberries, plums, carrots, potatoes, leeks...the choice is endless!

    The glass houses are bursting with delicious tomatoes, cucumbers and grapes.
    The extensive apple orchards have lots of tasty varieties to try.

    House and beddding plants are avialable all year - come and see our colourful and fragrant selection.

    The Walled Gardens are open Mon-Fri 10 - 4pm, Sat 10-2pm.

    Philiphaugh is full of natural beauty and packed full of native wildlife. We have many paths for you to wander including riverbank, woodland and heath.
    The estate is a sanctuary for wildlife so you might just spot otters, red squirrel, roe deer, kingfishers, badgers, foxes, eagle owls, weasels, bats, adders, hares, woodpeckers and heron as you walk.

    Brass Rubbing.



    3 Visitor Attraction
    Wild Scotland Cyclists Welcome
    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    2016 Opening Times
    1 Jan 2016 - 31 Dec 2016

    The Salmon Viewing Centre is open 7 days from 9 to 5pm


    • Cafe / Restaurant available on site
    • Lunch Available
    • Tea & Coffee Available


    • Toilets

    Leisure Facilities

    • Outdoor Recreational Facilities


    • Coach Parking On-site
    • Cycle Rack
    • Free Parking On-Site
    • Public Parking Nearby


    • Baby Changing Facilities Available
    • Children Welcome


    • No Smoking Permitted
    • Picnic Area

    Special Requirements

    • Pets Welcome
    • School Groups Welcome

    Road Directions

    A708, 1mile outside of Selkirk

    Public Transport Directions

    From the nearest information centre:- A708 on the Selkirk to Moffat Road approximately 1 mile from Selkirk.

    Transport within Scotland

    For public transport information to visit here from within Scotland, enter your postcode and visit date below.

    Journey Planner

    What's Nearby

    Recently Viewed