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Fishing is like Marmite

We happen to love both, but while Marmite is easily available in every food store, finding the right location for fishing can be somewhat more complicated.  Of course there is wonderful fishing nearby Colislinn in the various Borders rivers, but this can get quite pricey.  Luckily there is the Hawick Angling Club, an august organisation that recently celebrated its 100th birthday.  They sell the necessary permits on behalf of a number of landowners and on this website Fisharound you get an easy overview of all the lochs, reservoirs, etc where one can fish for about a tenner a day, rather than the hundreds of pounds often necessary to catch a salmon.

The place I am keen to explore further is Acrenow Reservoir, which was originally built to supply water to Stobs Army Camp (promise to do a blog post on that as well).  When we first moved to the Borders we used to go swimming in it, but someone complained and we sort of forgot about it.  Recently though we have started walking around it because the scenery is so beautiful, and often wondered whether there was any fishing to be had.  On one of these walks we discovered a sign saying ‘Fishing Available’.

This is very exciting and as soon as I have an opportunity I will go down with my rod in search of a few brownies, (or, as I have just read on the Acrenowe Reservoir web page a large brown monster trout weighing 3.5LB!!)  Fisherman’s tales?  No doubt you will demand photographic evidence…

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Welcome To Colislinn

At a Glance:

Colislinn is available to rent all year round and sleeps 12 comfortably.  Situated in 8 acres of its own grounds in the heart of the Scottish Borders, it is the perfect location for a family or group holiday.

Here you can walk out of the door up onto the hills behind the house and wander for miles  without seeing anyone.  There are lots of interesting things to see and do nearby.

The House is Laid Out as Follows:

Ground Floor:

  • Porch and Cloakroom with WC
  • Hallway
  • Study/Library with Open Fire Place
  • Drawing Room with Wood Burning Stove
  • Sun Lounge and Verandah
  • Dining Room with Open Fire Place
  • Kitchen and Pantry
  • Dining Room with Open Fire Place
  • Wifi/TV/DVD player/Ipod Docking Station

First Floor:

  • Master Bedroom no1 with En Suite Bath Room no1
  • Large Turret Bedroom no2 with Double Bed
  • Small Turret Bedroom no3 with Twin Beds
  • Yellow Bedroom no4 with Twin Beds
  • Bathroom no2
  • Separate WC

Second Floor:

  • Bedroom no5 with Double  Bed
  • Bedroom no6 with 2 Single Beds
  • Box Room no7 with 4 Bunk Beds (only available by previous arrangement)
  • Bathroom no3


  • Wood Store/Central Heating Room
  • Games Room
  • Laundry


The rent is based on self-catering, but if you need more help we can arrange for your fridge to be full on arrival, help with childcare, housekeeping, shopping, ready meals, or someone to cook for you.  We’re here to help with anything really.  Just ask.

For more detailed information about what Colislinn has to offer, please go to About Colislinn and her you can Reserve Online

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