Fishing the Glenlair Beat on The Urr

Glenlair Beat MapThe Glenlair Beat stretches from Torr Knowe to the Glenlair Burn on the right bank looking downstream – a distance of almost a mile. There are some 8 pools scattered along its length interspersed with deep rock pools and fast runs. It is best fished with a short rod of no more than 9′ as in many places casting is a challenge, but it is peaceful and beautiful and a great pleasure to fish and explore.

The Urr was of course very much a feature of James Clerk Maxwell’s childhood and for that reason the current riparian owner, Captain Ferguson has generously agreed to let the fishing to raise money for the Maxwell at Glenlair Trust.

To that end the fishing will be let for the full season, 15th. March until 30th. November, five days a week (Monday to Friday) with a maximum of 4 rods per day.

The River UrrApplications are invited for the 20 rod days that are available at a cost of £50 each for the season, either by online application or by writing to Captain Ferguson at Glenlair Cottage, Knockvennie, Castle Douglas DG7 3DF.


Payment can be made by cheque to “The Maxwell at Glenlair Trust” along with this form so that the donation can be treated as Gift Aid and the tax may be recovered. Or alternatively you can pay online using this link

Anglers will be asked to observe the fishery rules as laid down by the URR District Salmon Fisheries Board. A copy of the rules can be found here.


It should be noted that by applying for a rod to fish on the Glenlair Beat, the applicant knowingly accepts the risks inherent in fishing viz. slippery and steep banks, slippery stones, deep pools etc. The owner accepts no liability for injuries or mishaps occurring whilst visitors are fishing on his land.

Glenlair Bridge

The River Urr

The River Urr is a picturesque river that nestles between the Kirkcudbrightshire Dee and the Dumfriesshire Nith, rising in Loch Urr high on the Craigmuie Moor, some 700 feet above sea-level, near Moniaive and entering the Solway at Kippford. It is 35 miles long and, like the other Galloway Rivers, is a spate river that …

The Urr District Salmon Fisheries Board

Rules And Recommendations For Fishing On The Urr And Tributaries River Urr District Salmon Fishery Board Rules Salmon season: 25th February to 30th November incl. Trout season: 15th March to 6th October incl. All juvenile salmon (fry, parr, smolt) unclean and gravid salmonids must be immediately returned unharmed if caught. No Sunday fishing for salmon …

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