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The River Conon offers some of the finest salmon fishing in Scotland


River Conon

Fairburn Estate has two and a half miles of fishing on the River Conon on the Lower Fairburn Beat.

The Fairburn Lower Beat starts from above the Blackwater Junction to the Orrin Junction. There are more than thirteen named pools on this stretch of the river offering some of the finest salmon fishing in Scotland. 

Nigel Houldsworth has produced a print of the River Conon – to purchase it go to:

Our Ghillie, Russell Mein, looks after fishing customers. Five rods may fish the beat, cared for by the Ghillie. Fishing is from the bank (strimmed for 2 miles), wading when the water is suited or from a boat when the water is high. We have three boats available for use in selected pools.

Rods are available individually from the start of the season in February until May; thereafter customers can take on all five rods for the week or make individual bookings. This continues until the end of September when the season closes.

Rod Prices. Contact Russell Mein on: 07717294981, or email him at:

River Orrin

Fairburn Estate has just over 7 miles of the river Orrin. The Orrin has been a sanctuary over many years for salmon since the Orrin Dam was built in 1959 as part of the Conon Valley hydro scheme. Water flows through a pipeline in the hill, North to the river Conon at Loch Achilty for electric power generation. As a result, the water flow down the Orrin is often at compensation levels. Added to this, the banks of the river Orrin have for many years been infested with rhododendron (ponticum), so it has not been fishable for some 3 miles.

Rhododendrons have been cleared from the river banks opening up the river. Pools can now be seen that have not been visible for well over 80 years. The river is open for trout fishing only.

Rods are available from 15th March to 6th October for trout.


Fairburn Angling Club

Fairburn Angling Club was set up many years ago to provide employees on the estate with fishing. The Club still exists and offers local people with the opportunity to fish a salmon beat on the Conon, trout fishing on the Conon and trout fishing on the Orrin Reservoir. Contact: Ali Hunter 07879054282

Fishing enquiries

To find out more about fishing opportunities/charges and booking, please contact Russell Mein on: 07717294981, or email us at:

A cold snowy opening day on the Conon, February 2021.