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One of Britain's most famous salmon spots lies close to the border between England and Scotland. The River Tweed and its tributaries in and around Berwick Upon Tweed are great places to watch these fish.

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We're dipping into some top freshwater habitats - lakes, lochs and rivers that you should explore this autumn.


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  • Freshwater areas are great for watching the spectacle of Salmon leaping in the autumn.

River Tweed - Visitor Guide


River Tweed, Berwick upon Tweed, Borders, England.

Postcode TD15 2

The Tweed Foundation - 01896 848271


01896 848277



Map:Streetmap of Tweed area and Ettrick Weir.
Ordnance Survey:OS reference: NU003537
Key attraction:Leaping Salmon.

Also Paxton House (west of Berwick) - stately home with grounds and park.
Essential kit:Outdoor clothes.
Nature watching:

Leaping Salmon - the best time to see salmon jumping is after a dry period followed by heavy rain - the fish wait for the best conditions. October and November are generally the best times.


The best place is Ettrick Weir where there are cameras and good viewing facilities for the public.


Bird watching - Grey Herons, Grey Wagtails. Mute Swans.


Seals near mouth of River Tweed.


Visitor centre at Ettrick Weir on the River Tweed - live CCTV of underwater Salmon.


Disabled access varies according to location visited.

Tweedability 1 is a special fishing boat for disabled anglers which had been designed by the Wheelyboat Trust, the R.T.C. and the Tweed Foundation.

Getting there:

Berwick and the River Tweed are located in the Scottish Borders. If travelling from the south take the A1 from Newcastle up to Berwick. If coming from the north, take the A1 from Edinburgh.


Wheelchair friendly path and access to Ettrick Weir visitor centre.


Paxton House is located on the B6461 six miles west of Berwick.


Nearest rail station: Berwick upon Tweed.

Opening times:

The visitor centre at Ettrick Weir is open all year round, 9am-5pm.



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