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Join us on Monday 16th January at the Kenmore Hotel to celebrate the official opening of the 2017 Tay salmon fishing season.

Kenmore has been the venue for this historic occasion since 1947 & this year will be particularly special as we mark the 70th anniversary. 

There is a sense of expectation as the atmosphere builds to the opening of Scotland's most celebrated salmon season opening day. And whatever the weather, fishermen travel from all over the country to be present at this historic occasion at the Kenmore Hotel, near Aberfeldy in Highland Perthshire.

It is a truly impressive sight to see the fishermen and their supporters line up behind the Vale of Atholl Pipe Band and march to the Tay a few hundred yards away. The fishermen then take up their positions along both banks of the mighty Tay while the final ceremonies are performed on the river itself and a toast is offered to bless the water for the new season.

Once the first cast is made in the middle of the river, the cry goes out "Tight lines" as all the fishermen make their first cast for the new season.

The Boar's Head will be open from 9am.

8.15am - 9.00am: Anglers and guests including Provost Liz Grant and three times World Speycasting Champion Scott Mackenzie, will assemble in the village square for tea, coffee & a wee dram of Dewar's

9.10am: Opening ceremony – with welcome speeches from Scott Mackenzie & Provost Liz Grant

9.25am: Vale of Atholl Pipe Band lead the procession, followed by the assembled company of anglers, to the riverbank

9.30am: Blessing of the boat by Provost Liz Grant / first cast is made by Scott Mackenzie, heralding the official opening of the 2017 Tay Salmon Fishing Season

There will be fly casting & fly tying demonstrations from Tomas Kolesinskas throughout the morning and onsite assistance from fishing professional Mark Bowler.


Salmon fishing permits are available at a cost of £25 / day for hotel residents & £30 / day for non-residents.

Permits can only be purchased from 8am on the day, from the Kenmore Hotel. 

For further information, assistance or bookings, please don't hesitate to call 01887 830 205 or email 


Sunday 15th January 2017
Arrive at your leisure, check in and then enjoy a relaxing overnight stay - perhaps indulge with a delicious dinner in the Grill Room.

Monday 16th January 2017
Start the day with a hearty Scottish breakfast before heading to the salmon season opening ceremony at the front of the hotel.  Then enjoy complimentary fishing on our beat or spend the day exploring the local area.

Tuesday 17th January 2017
Whether you are up early for fishing or want a more leisurely day, start the day with a delicious breakfast in the Grill Room.  

Simply click on the link below to check availability & book! 

2 night package - £250 per room

Terms & conditions: This offer is subject to availability & allocation, with a limited number of rooms available on the promotional rates.  Price quoted is per night, based on two people sharing a double / twin room. Offer price varies depending on number of days booked. Minimum 2 night stay required.  Offer may be changed or withdrawn without notice. 


If you're joining us for the opening of the salmon season, why not enjoy a stay in one of our amazing 5-star lodges.

2-night Stays

2 Bedroom Lodge - £212.50 per night
3 Bedroom Lodge Nights - £287.50  per night
4 Bedroom Lodge - £312.50  per night

3-Night Stays

2 Bedroom Lodge - £162.00 per night
3 Bedroom Lodge s - £208.50 per night
4 Bedroom Lodge - £242.00 per night

For further information or to make a reservation please call 01887 830 205 or click here to email.

Terms & conditions: Prices for lodges vary depending on length of stay and size of lodge booked. 1 to 4 bedroom lodges available.  Lodge stays are self-catering. Promotional rates are subject to availability & may be changed / withdrawn without notice. 


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Kenmore Hotel
The Square, Kenmore,
Perthshire, Scotland,
PH15 2NU

Tel: 01887 830 205


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