River Tweed

A Borders' River

The River Tweed (Scottish Gaelic: Abhainn Thuaidh) is 97 miles (156 km) long and flows primarily through the Borders region of Scotland and England. It rises on Tweedsmuir at Tweed's Well near where the Clyde, draining northwest, and the Annan draining south also rise.

"Annan, Tweed and Clyde rise oot the ae hillside" as the Border saying has it. The Tweed catchment extends across the entire Borders region. Its lower reaches mark the Scottish border with England, just west of Coldstream, for 27 kilometres (17 miles) from Carham to Paxton, near Berwick-upon-Tweed.


The 'Big Four' Salmon Rivers in Scotland

The Tweed is one of the most notable Atlantic salmon fishing rivers in Great Britain. Together with the Dee, Tay and Spey it is often referred to as one of the 'Big Four' salmon rivers in Scotland. Each has its own unique run of salmon, however, the Tweed benefits from the longest season which opens on 1st February and closes on 30th November each year.

The River Tweed is regarded by many as the finest of all salmon rivers in the British Isles. It is also the second longest after the River Tay. The river extends to just over 100 miles from its source near Moffat in Dumfriesshire to the North Sea at Berwick-upon-Tweed. The river has a catchment of about 1,500 square miles, of which some 300 are in England. The Tweed is one of the least polluted rivers in the UK, offering world class salmon fishing and boasts more salmon caught per fly than any other river in Britain.

Fishing on the River Tweed


"Extremely enjoyable day all round."

Michael Taylor, Leeds


Angling Licences

The River Tweed (including the River Till and other tributaries) is the only river system in England where an Environment Agency rod licence is not required, regardless of whether you are actually fishing in England or Scotland.

Fishing on the River Tweed