SPORT & LEISURE
Aside from the attractions of the mansion house there are many other good reasons for visiting Arniston.
The Estate has extensive woodland and a diverse landscape varying from arable fields on the lower ground, to pasture and then moorland as you head south and climb into the Moorfoot Hills. There are some excellent walks to be enjoyed along the Gore Glen which is a winding path following the route of the South Esk river. Part of this route passes through the landscape grounds, ‘the policies’ to the mansion house and within these there are charming diminutive bridges and a grotto to locate and investigate.
For the more traditional country pursuits visitors can take a rod on the reservoirs of Gladhouse and Rosebery. The former is a very extensive body of water designated as SSSI and positioned in a sweeping setting below the Moorfoot Hills. Gladhouse is a wild brown trout fishery of repute and presents the opportunity to catch hard fighting trout in a surprisingly wild location. There are a number of syndicate boats and a day ticket boat for the visiting angler. Contact should be made in advance of the day with Mr Bill Taylor on 0131 440 2570.
Rosebery Reservoir is a smaller fishery in a more sheltered location. The water is stocked with rainbow and brown trout. You can fish from the bank or hire one of the day boats and contact should be made in advance of your days fishing with Mr Douglas Grant on tel. 01875 446 638 or email@example.com.
Arniston has the advantage of being close to the Borders and enjoys a close association with Bemersyde Estate which owns one of the most attractive beats on the famous River Tweed. There the river passes through a stunning wooded gorge below the view loved by Sir Walter Scott – ‘Scotts View’ . The season opens on the 1st February with spring grilse but the most prolific period is the autumn run heavy spawning fish. In 2012 Bemersyde caught the largest fish on the Tweed that year. Excellent advice is on hand from the full time ghillie, Ian Farr and the hospitable fishing lodge make a visit a memorable experience. Fishing should be booked in advance with Ian Farr tel. 07856323297.
Roe Deer Stalking
With the extent of the woodland its inevitable Arniston Estate has a considerable roe deer presence and the opportunity to stalk deer on foot or from a high seat arrangement. The Estate deer are responsibly controlled under a deer management plan by Craigswood Game and Deer Management and guided stalking is available through them. Enquiries should be directed to Alex Paul via email firstname.lastname@example.org