A SPECIAL Scottish Salmon Festival is being staged at the end of summer, following the success of the inaugural event two years ago.
The festival, billed as a celebration of Scottish salmon, will feature an international speycasting tournament on the River Ness, a family fair at Bught Park in Inverness, and a science conference.
Running from August 29 to September 2, there will also be a film night at Eden Court Theatre with a series of salmon related films.
In 2015, the festival attracted the world’s top speycasters and this year the interest is expected to be even greater as the Inverness Angling Club, which is hosting the event, marks its centenary.
The open competition will involve all competitors in two heats on the Friday (September 1) and one on the Saturday morning.
There will be three finals on the Saturday afternoon – junior (17 and under), ladies and the top six in the open competition.
Prizes will include silver plated centenary quaichs for winners and runners up in open and ladies competitions, plus cash awards of £1,000, £500 and £300 for open first, second and third, and £500 and £300 for the winning lady and runner-up.
During the family fair, Marine Harvest will run a Theatre Kitchen on both the Friday and Saturday, with local chefs demonstrating salmon dishes, followed by a salmon barbecue.
Speakers at the conference will include representatives from the Atlantic Salmon Trust as well as from Marine Harvest, Scotland’s biggest salmon farmer.
The festival seeks to champion all aspects of Scottish salmon and is being sponsored by Marine Harvest, Inverness Angling Club, the Ness District Salmon Fishery Board and the University of the Highlands and Islands, among others.
For more information visit www.scotlandsalmonfestival.org