The Alness runs northeast of the estate and has good runs of salmon and grilse (young salmon on their first return to the river from the sea). The fishing season runs from March to October with annual rod catches of around 150-250 fish being caught in Novar waters.

The Novar fishings offer six rotating beats. The average length of each beat is about a mile with, typically, fifteen to twenty named pools. Both banks are included although most of the fishing is from the southern (right) bank.

There is a small spring run of salmon and sea trout from late April until early July. The first grilse return is usually expected in early July. The most productive part of the season runs from mid-July through to the end of October.

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High-quality driven partridge, rough-shooting duck, walked-up grouse and grouse shooting over pointers can all be organised for you by our head keeper. Stalking of roe, sika and red deer is available on Novar and neighbouring estates.

On driven partridge days, there will be three or four drives before lunch. Elevenses is served in the field and after an exciting morning, guests are served a delicious lunch in a candle-lit lunch hut; further illumination and warmth is provided by a wood-burning stove. The afternoon consists of one or two more drives before returning to Ardtalla for tea. If fishing on the River Alness is required, this can be arranged on one of our six beats. Our experienced team take care of everything from collection at the airport or station to appointing chefs and luxury accommodation on the Estate.

To make an enquiry about bespoke shooting parties and discover the wide range of services we can offer, please call:

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