Fly Fishing In Scotland

What Makes Fly Fishing Special

Fly fishing is a special approach to fishing. Fly fishing is different from bait-casting or spin-casting because fly fishing uses a weighted line to carry the nearly weightless bait forward when casting. Traditional fishing tackle is designed to have a nearly weightless line carried by weighted bait on the end. Because of this important difference fly fishing has its own gear, equipment and terminology.

Fly fishing also requires some different techniques than traditional fishing. Traditional fishing may involve casting a baited hook and waiting for a fish to bite or casting and retrieving a baited hook. However, fly fishing involves casting repeatedly with brief pauses to allow the fly to float in the current.

Fly fishing rods are different than traditional fishing rods in several ways. Fly fishing rods are longer than most fishing rods with their length frequently between six and nine feet. Some fly fishing rods are even longer than nine feet, particularly those rods designed for salmon or steelhead fishing.

Fly fishing reels vary from traditional fishing reels as well. Fly fishing actually does not require much use of the reel. Early fly fishing reels were little more than storage space for the line. Fish are not reeled in when caught; rather, the angler strips line with his or her free hand. Many fly reels still are very primitive with designs very similar to those used in the 19th century.

Fly fishing line is quite different from traditional fishing line. While traditional fishing line is made of a clear, monofilament material, fly fishing line is comparatively heavy and translucent. Fly fishing line may be designed to float or to sink depending on the style of fishing it is intended for; the line also may be tapered or level, again depending on the type of fishing that is planned and the preference of the angler. Fly fishing line is available in different weights. Heavier line can be cast further and has greater wind-resistance than lighter line. However, a lighter line may provide for more precise casting by an experienced angler. Fly fishing line is normally around 90 feet long but may be attached to a backer to lengthen the overall line available for fish that like to fight.

A leader is attached to the end of the fly fishing line. The fly is tied to the end of the leader. The leader is a clear, monofilament line normally between six and fifteen feet in length. The leader is tapered to a narrower diameter an the end of the line.

Fly fishing is also special because of the variety of fishing opportunities it provides. Fly fishing techniques can be used on streams, rivers, ponds and lakes. Fly fishing works in salt water and fresh water, cold water and warm water. Fly fishing can open up many opportunities to fish new waters because the techniques and equipment are so adaptable.

Fly fishing includes an interesting history that extends back at least to the second century. Macedonian fishermen successfully used artificial flies on six-foot poles to catch fish with. Fly fishing popularity increased in 19th century England and Scotland before catching on in the United States.

Fly fishing is a historically interesting, challenging approach to fishing. Fly fishing offers many opportunities and variations to anglers. Fly fishing also includes a nostalgic element that may not be found with other fishing styles.

Golfing In Scotland

Golf In Scotland

Golf in Scotland is a religion. If you study ancient documents the game was first played in 1457 after which it was outlawed by King James II.

Golf is a nationwide pastime for Scots probably from 1502. The Stewart monarchs were themselves eager to establish golf in Scotland. The reputed Scottish golf links hinge on park, moorland, field or heath land.

If you are a golf fan, Scotland can be a dreamland to spend your trip. You could involve yourself in thrilling tasks like – hunting game, fishing on a river or Scottish loch, play golf, check out a Scottish castle, search deer and also dream of our Braveheart “William Wallace”. Walking, boating, biking as well as water-sports are for everybody.

With conventional warm Scottish hospitality you can kick back here, hear pipes and chill out.

Golf Links

Dalmunzie Golf Club
This club lies in the heart of Perthshire, near Spittal of Glenshee. Dalmunzie Golf Club is a nine opening moorland training course. This is the front runner for novices and golf players that want to increase their abilities. The golf course at Dalmunzie is not long, actually it is just 2100 yards. The Fairway is surrounded by hills on three sides with a multitude of wildlife on the training course. Grumble, deers or even bunnies run wild on the moors.

Rosemount Golf Links
This golf links exists in background of golf in Scotland since 1889. Greg Norman has said he is fond of this Perthshire peach, as he was the very first Australian to win his initial European Scenic Tour event here.
No doubt, it is one of the very best inland programs. Fairways are surrounded with bothersome trees and also patches of heather. Precision is the most important attribute to play golf in Scotland.

Lansdowne Golf Club
Close to Rosemount course, there is Lansdowne Golf Course which was opened up in 1977. It is the first top priority for tourists and golfers Blairgowrie to see Lansdowne.

New Outside Area At The Royal Hotel

Here at the Royal Hotel we decided to completely overhaul the outside area for our guests to enjoy our Scottish weather!

At the back of the hotel we have landscaped the garden, installed new flower beds, laid a new patio and put in ambient outdoor lighting. This outdoor area is now enhanced with rattan lounge garden furniture, a firepit set and cast aluminium benches.

This is a new garden area that would be great to host weddings receptions, birthdays, stag dos, corporate entertaining or just general outdoor use such as a spring breakfast on the patio. We thank our contractors for their help in forming this wonderful outdoor space. Please feel free to contact any of these companies and there are links to their websites below.

Jardine Leisure – they supplied the 2 cast aluminium garden benches placed at the top of the new lawn. They are a reproduction of a Victorian design, originally manufactured by Coalbrookdale (Brunel’s Ironbridge was made by them). Their factory is in Lancashire, go to Victorian garden furniture.

New Lawn – we completely removed the old scrub and replaced the lawn with turf. This hard wearing variety grass needs little maintenance apart from mowing and was expertly laid by our local turf growers – have a look at

There wasn’t much lighting outside when we first started, just a few dazzling spotlights. We have installed low level ambient lighting which lends atmosphere and the garden at night is now so romantic. We bought the lighting from this very good outdoor lighting company.

We needed a garden design service and planting program for the flower beds around the lawn. These guys at Brown Earth delivered on time, with a wonderful shrub design and an imaginative use of highland heather!

The patio was laid by the Edinburgh Paving Company in a beautiful ancient sandstone.

Finally we needed a fire pit and casual furniture. We chose Outside Edge as they had great prices and could deliver the garden furniture very quickly after the patio was finished.

See you in the garden!

Things To Do In Blairgowrie


Where we are

UK location map

If one placed one’s finger in the centre of the map of Scotland, Blairgowrie, in the county of Perthshire, would probably be the nearest town! Less than 11 2 hours from Edinburgh and Aberdeen airports, and 2 hours from Glasgow, Inverness and the West Coast, the Royal Hotel is the ideal base for touring the beautiful Scottish countryside and for participating in the many outdoor activities.Situated in the heart of the town on the A93 main road from Perth, the Hotel stands prominently at the end of the High Street. Parking spaces are available. The nearest airport is at Edinburgh and the Zeebrugge/European ferry docks at Rosyth, just north of Edinburgh, less than an hour away.

Out and about

There’s so much to see and do. Set in panoramic landscapes, Blairgowrie stands amongst the hills, forests and glens of the beautiful Perthshire countryside. The town is centrally located to access the extensive range of outdoor pursuits, recreational activities and visitor attactions that abound in the area.

The Royal offers the best in Scottish hospitality and service to all our visitors. Tourists, Walkers, Golfers, Anglers, Horse Riders, Cyclists and Hunters & Stalkers can all be assured of a warm and friendly stay.


Glamis Castle

Whether visiting local places of interest or exploring ‘the water of life’ – following the Whisky Trail, Scotland’s history and heritage stands all around.Notable castles, stately homes and places of historical interest are located throughout the region and are open to the public during the summer months. As an example, you can visit :-

  • Glamis Castle (home to the Earls of Strathmore and a royal residence since 1372)
  • Scone Palace (the crowning place of Scottish Kings)
  • Blair Castle (ancient seat of the Dukes of Atholl with the only private army still in the UK)
  • The Crannogh (home of Iron-age Man on Loch Tay)
  • Dunkeld cathedral
  • The birthplace of J. M. Barrie in Kirriemuir
  • The Angus Folk Museum in Glamis (showing how country folk lived in years goneby)
  • Meigle Pictish Museum (with its display of ancient carved stones): Corgarff Castle (which played a prominent role in the Jacobite uprisings of 1715 and 1745)
  • The ‘Discovery’ Centre in Dundee (the berth of Scott’s Antarctic exploration ship)
  • And, of course, Balmoral Castle (our present Queen’s Scottish royal residence)


Picture of Perthshire walkers

The scenic setting is perfect for walking the Perthshire Hills and the Angus Glens. Walkers can enjoy the challenge of the local Cateran Trail – a long distance staged route which follows in the steps of the marauding clans and cattle thieves of the Highlands.Many other walks are available to suit all ages and level of abilities. For the real enthusiast, hill walking and climbing abound. Of the 284 Munros (mountains over 3000 feet) in Scotland, 12 or more can be found in the vicinity of Glenshee about 20 miles to the north.

Squirrel picture

For those with an interest in nature, ospreys can be observed nesting at the Loch of the Lowes by Dunkeld. There is a wide range of wildlife and different species to regularly spot in the surrounding area – including red squirrel, grouse, buzzards, roe deer and red deer.


Picture of cyclists

The cyclist can choose between travelling on the relatively traffic- free roads that wind through breathtaking scenery or the numerous forest tracks and mountain trails. And, for those who wish four-legged transport, riding stables are in the vicinity.


Rosemount Golf Course

There are some 30 or more courses within an hour’s drive of the Royal Hotel, from the championship courses of St Andrews, Carnoustie and Rosemount (Blairgowrie Golf Club), to name but three, to nearby Alyth Golf Club, Glenisla, Strathmore and Dunkeld. We can make the necessary arrangements for booking a day’s play.


Anglers picture

Anglers can obtain permits to fish for rainbow and brown trout on the many rivers, lochs and reservoirs in the area. And, of course, there is the salmon fishing on the Tay, one of Scotland’s premier rivers, and the local rivers Ericht and Isla.


Grouse, pheasant, partridge, duck and woodcock – there is a certain charisma about shooting in Scotland, and perhaps Perthshire in particular, with its variety of game, the quality of the birds and the challenge of the countryside.



Don’t forget, during the winter months, skiing and snowboarding takes place on the slopes of Glenshee – weather permitting!