The Paxton House boat trips are a memorable excursion for all the family to enjoy. Enjoy an idyllic and relaxing ride up the River Tweed, while learning about the wildlife and local history from one of our friendly skippers along the way.
- The boat trips run from Paxton House upstream to the Chain Bridge, Horncliffe.
- Enjoy stunning views of the River Tweed and the surrounding countryside.
- The trip takes approximately one hour with running commentary from the skipper.
- Learn some fascinating information on the fishing shiels, net fishing, mansion houses, wildlife and the River Tweed itself.
The boat trips vary with the tide times, for the most recent boat times please check the link at the top of this page. To book onto a boat trip please phone the shop on 01289 386906.
Netting salmon has taken place on the River Tweed for centuries. The river was divided into dozens of salmon fisheries, known as stations. Each fishery had a hut called a shiel to provide storage space for the fishing gear and accommodation for the fishermen during the season which runs from March – Sept.
Paxton House is one of the last remaining netting stations on the Tweed, and still uses the traditional way of netting using a coble or small boat. The net is rowed out in the coble to form a large semi-circle and then pulled in by hand.
From 2015 netting at Paxton no longer takes place for commercial purposes. The Tweed Foundation in partnership with the Paxton Fishery crew now use the fishery as a research station. The netting takes place purely for scientific and research purposes. The salmon are tagged and released back into the river.
Visitors are welcome to come along and watch the netting and learn about the research taking place.
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"Scottish treat" Joanna C
"A lovely place to spend the afternoon." Justine R
"Great boat trip from Paxton house " Claire D
"The very best in the region" Teddie101
A house with a lot of character, and in very good condition. “Excellent tour”
Paxton House has a beautiful interior. “Lovely Day Out”
Called into Paxton house for coffees and cakes - superb! “Wonderful place to go “