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Historic Former Fishery

A historic former fishery is up for sale by Estate Agents, Bell Ingram

The historic former fishery, Howietoun Fishery at Sauchiemill in Stirlingshire is on the market, set in about 27 acres of land with fish ponds and numerous outbuildings/cottages.

Howietoun Fishery was established by Sir James Maitland in 1881. Within the original Grain Mill is a commemorative window dedicated to Sir James.

In the 1870s, Sir James, on whose estate Sauchiemill stood, began scientific trials into trout breeding and rearing to create what became an internationally renowned and pioneering fishery. At nearby Milnholm, fish were bred in the hatchery and reared in the numerous ponds at Howietoun. Through scientific experimentation, Sir James, who has been dubbed the ‘father of scientific aquaculture’, pioneered fish farming techniques and set the standard for modern fish farming. He successfully overcame the difficulties in packing and transporting live ova so that by the 1880s, millions of ova were being produced and exported to as far afield as Australia and New Zealand.

In 1979 Howietoun Fishery, Milnholm Hatchery and Sauchiemill were bought by the Institute of Aquaculture, University of Stirling primarily for the practical training of students as well as maintaining a commercial enterprise.

Sauchiemill lies in beautiful rural countryside about 4 miles to the south west of the historic town of Stirling which sits on the banks of the River Forth. It is the gateway to the spectacular scenery of the Trossachs and beyond. Once the capital of Scotland, Stirling is dominated by the Castle. The area is steeped in history with the sites of the battles of Stirling Bridge and Bannockburn close by.