Covid-19

5th July Update 

Fishery: 

We are open every day 8.30/9am – 10pm

The following measures now apply for the foreseeable future:

  • No one displaying symptoms or who are in self isolation due to a member of their household displaying symptoms should remain at home as per government guidance.  
  • No communal meeting points e.g. fisherman’s hut to remain closed and good distancing to be applied to he car park. Lunches etc should be eaten in isolation from other people, hence the picnic benches will be out of use.
  • Bookings to be made in advance and payments made in advance where possible (see bank details below). This would mean that people would not be allowed to just turn up on the day and expect to fish.
  • Staggered starting times if necessary
  • 15 metres apart for bank fishermen
  • Two people per boat with 2m distancing maintained whilst on the boat. If from the same household then social distancing doesn’t apply.
  • No competition fishing
  • Personal protection is the responsibility of each individual but boats etc. will be disinfected by the fishery between each use and during this period of control we are asking everyone to return to using their own nets for both bank and boat and their own motors if using a boat. NB: We will not be supplying motors and batteries for the foreseeable future.
  • The toilet will remain open with disinfectant available for before and after use, but anglers are encouraged to discreetly use the great outdoors but for peeing only. A sink for hand-washing is available in the toilet.
  • There will be disinfectant available at point of contact (such as gates) for anglers to use before and after touching these points of contact.
  • Recording of catches will be co-ordinated by us so there will be no catch returns book on display. Anglers will be asked to let us know their returns before leaving by either text, email or phone call.
  • Flies and line sales suspended.
  • Anglers will be expected to use their own life jackets if fishing from a boat
  • Please note that we will no longer be operating the loyalty card scheme this year

Clearly we are taking every measure to try to protect everyone that visits the loch but we are also conscious of our own safety and thank all those anglers who have returned to the loch for some fishing who have followed this guidance and ensured we all remain as safe as we can. We hope that everyone will continue to apply the responsibility required to keep us all safe.

Please contact us on 01890 771960 to book fishing.

For advanced payments of fishing once a booking has been made please make bank transfers with your surname as reference & if room the date you are fishing. Our bank info is as follows:

Lloyds bank, A/c name: Coldingham Loch Fly Fishery

Sort Code: 30-90-13 A/C number: 16312660

We prefer you to pay by bank transfer but if this is not possible, then please bring the right amount of cash for your fishing session in an envelope with your name and amount enclosed written on the front. This can be dropped in the box when you are here. We will not be able to give you change.

Once again please note that fishing is by appointment/booking only. There will be no exceptions made for people that turn up on the day expecting to fish. Thank you.

Holiday Cottages

We were allowed to re-open the cottages from 3rd July. We have availability and ask that people get in touch directly with us rather than using the website as we have updated availability as it is changing. The following is the full  information regarding how we intend to operate the cottages in line with government guidance:

Guest Information 2020 in relation to Covid 19  

There will be a copy of this information in each cottage for guests to refer to.

We are so pleased that we can re-open our cottage doors again to holiday guests seeking a break here at Coldingham Loch.

In order to ensure that the health and well being of all our guests, cleaning staff and ourselves is protected as much as possible we have put together the following information about how we will now be cleaning the cottages and some changes in arrival times and things we are asking guests to do at the end of their stay.

This approach is based on guidance given to the whole of the self catering sector by the Scottish Government  and is aimed at reducing the risk of the spread of Covid 19 as much as possible.

What we ask of guests:

  • Please do not come and stay in our cottage if you have any of the symptoms of Covid 19 or have had them in the last 14 days. Please contact us to advise this and we will re-arrange your stay.
  • Your own protection: This is your responsibility so please use your own hand sanitiser, face mask gloves etc  for protecting yourself whilst on holiday and in the cottage as you would at home. Scottish Gov are asking that we use face masks when in enclosed spaces like shops so please ensure you do so when shopping locally. You do not need to wear them whilst in your cottage (unless you choose  to do so) or when you are walking around the loch or fishing etc.
  • Social distancing: We ask people to socially distance from non-household parties whilst staying here – currently this is 2m in Scotland and if you go south of the border it is 1m plus. 
  • Bedding – we will provide all bedding and towels as usual but if you wish to bring any or all of your own please let us know.
  • When in the cottage, please wash your hands etc as you would at home. We are providing hand sanitiser for you to use if you have run out but ask that you use your own. We also provide a disinfectant spray and cloth for you to use to wipe down surfaces should you wish to. We will have disinfected all major touch points but feel free to wipe what you want to before you use it.
  • Arrival times are now later than usual to allow for airing of property as long as possible and the extra cleaning we will need to do – please do not arrive before 4.30pm
  • Departure times are slightly earlier than usual to allow for airing & extra cleaning– please depart as early as possible preferably by 9 am or 9.30am at the latest

On arrival – please make yourselves at home in your chalet as normal. The key will be in the door – it will have been disinfected. We will come and say hello at some point or will see you down at the loch on your day of arrival.

 During your stay:

  • We hope that all our guests will have a fantastic and restful stay whilst here.
  • Please ring us on 01890 771960 if you need to check anything or have any problems. We ask that if possible you ring us between 8 am and 6pm. If urgent then don’t hesitate to call us outside of these hours.
  • If any of your party develop symptoms of Covid 19 please let us know straightaway by ringing or texting us. It is likely you would want to get yourselves home at that point depending on your symptoms. Between us we can seek advice on what you need to do and we would help in whichever way we could.

On departure day:

  • Please open all windows and doors once you are up so as to allow air to circulate through the property for as long as possible before we go in to clean.
  • Please put all crockery and cutlery (used the day before & on departure day) in dishwasher & set on a 60 degree cycle. If no dishwasher please wash in hot soapy water.
  • Please strip all bed linen including mattress and pillow protectors, place in bag provided, tie up and leave near front door.
  • Please place all towels, bath mats and tea towels in separate bag provided, tie up and leave near front door.

What we will do to prepare your cottage:

  • Leave the cottages to air for as long as possible on changeover day.
  • A thorough ‘normal clean’ of each cottage.
  • All cleaners will use gloves, mask and disposable aprons when cleaning each cottage.
  • If guests bringing own bedding then our bedding will be removed. Clean mattress protectors will be put in place. Clean bed linen, pillow & mattress protectors will be used for those guests who are using our bedding.
  • After the normal clean we will disinfect all touch points, doors, skirting, floors etc
  • We will provide a disinfectant spray for those who wish to use it during their stay.   
  • There will be hand sanitiser in the cottage for guests to use if they run out of their own. We ask that this is left in the cottage at all times.

Thank you for your understanding during these times – these measures are for reassurance for all our guests and ourselves that we are all doing what we can to ensure your stay is as stress free as possible whilst keeping you and us and cleaning staff as safe as possible.

20th June 2020 Update

As many of you will know the Scottish Government has given a Phased route map out of Lockdown and we have now entered Phase Two which for us has meant we will now allow 2 anglers in a boat but with the proviso that they social distance by 2m within the boat.

We are open every day 8.30/9am – 10pm

The Phase One advice on ‘getting about’ remains in place as guidance in Phase Two. This is as follows:

‘Permitted to travel short distances for outdoor leisure and exercise but advise to stay within a short distance of your local community (broadly within 5 miles)  and travel by walk, wheel and cycle where possible.’ Ref: Scotland’s Route Map Through and Out of The Crisis, Scottish Government 21st May 2020 Pg 39

So anyone considering booking a session with us here at the loch please bear this in mind.

As we have seen over the past 3 weeks of being re-opened the guidelines we have now introduced are working well for those who are coming fishing. As per our previous updates the following measures now apply for the foreseeable future:

  • No one displaying symptoms or who are in self isolation due to a member of their household displaying symptoms should remain at home as per government guidance.  
  • No communal meeting points e.g. fisherman’s hut to remain closed and good distancing to be applied to he car park. Lunches etc should be eaten in isolation from other people, hence the picnic benches will be out of use.
  • Bookings to be made in advance and payments made in advance where possible (see bank details below). This would mean that people would not be allowed to just turn up on the day and expect to fish.
  • Staggered starting times if necessary
  • 15 metres apart for bank fishermen
  • Two people per boat with 2m distancing maintained whilst on the boat. If from the same household then social distancing doesn’t apply.
  • No competition fishing
  • Personal protection is the responsibility of each individual but boats etc. will be disinfected by the fishery between each use and during this period of control we are asking everyone to return to using their own nets for both bank and boat and their own motors if using a boat. NB: We will not be supplying motors and batteries for the foreseeable future.
  • The toilet will remain open with disinfectant available for before and after use, but anglers are encouraged to discreetly use the great outdoors but for peeing only. A sink for hand-washing is available in the toilet.
  • There will be disinfectant available at point of contact (such as gates) for anglers to use before and after touching these points of contact.
  • Recording of catches will be co-ordinated by us so there will be no catch returns book on display. Anglers will be asked to let us know their returns before leaving by either text, email or phone call.
  • Flies and line sales suspended.
  • Anglers will be expected to use their own life jackets if fishing from a boat
  • Please note that we will no longer be operating the loyalty card scheme this year

Clearly we are taking every measure to try to protect everyone that visits the loch but we are also conscious of our own safety and thank all those anglers who have returned to the loch for some fishing who have followed this guidance and ensured we all remain as safe as we can. We hope that everyone will continue to apply the responsibility required to keep us all safe.

Please contact us on 01890 771960 to book fishing.

For advanced payments of fishing once a booking has been made please make bank transfers with your surname as reference & if room the date you are fishing. Our bank info is as follows:

Lloyds bank, A/c name: Coldingham Loch Fly Fishery

Sort Code: 30-90-13 A/C number: 16312660

We prefer you to pay by bank transfer but if this is not possible, then please bring the right amount of cash for your fishing session in an envelope with your name and amount enclosed written on the front. This can be dropped in the box when you are here. We will not be able to give you change.

Once again please note that fishing is by appointment/booking only. There will be no exceptions made for people that turn up on the day expecting to fish. Thank you.

Covid 19 Holiday Cottage Bookings – please do not pay any balances due until we know as and when we are able to re-open the cottages. Current information from Scottish Government is that we may be able to re-open cottages in mid July but we are awaiting further information on this. 

Please contact us if you want to discuss any bookings made for this year or if you wish to re-schedule any bookings for next year.

If guests are unable to come on their holiday due to the Covid 19 situation the first thing we ask is that if you have holiday insurance, then please check if you can make a claim with your insurers. This would really help us, as it would mean that if you could get your holiday refunded through your insurer then you haven’t lost out financially and neither would we. You could then book in the future with us as normal once we are out of these uncertain times.  

If you do not have holiday insurance we will of course refund your money and  please get in touch with Carmel by telephone 01890 771960 or email info@coldinghamloch.co.uk

best wishes, Carmel & Gareth

 

 

1st June 2020 Update

As many of you will know the Scottish Government has given a Phased route map out of Lockdown and we are now in Phase One meaning we have now re-opened the fishery. We are open every day 8.30/9am – 10pm

There is however a really important part of the Phase One rules on ‘getting about’ and this is as follows:

‘Permitted to travel short distances for outdoor leisure and exercise but advise to stay within a short distance of your local community (broadly within 5 miles)  and travel by walk, wheel and cycle where possible.’ Ref: Scotland’s Route Map Through and Out of The Crisis, Scottish Government 21st May 2020 Pg 39

So anyone considering booking a session with us here at the loch please bear this in mind.

 Re-opening means that we need to abide by guidelines set out by both SANA (The Scottish Anglers National Association) and the Angling Trust. As per our previous updates the following measures now apply for the foreseeable future:

  • No one displaying symptoms or who are in self isolation due to a member of their household displaying symptoms should remain at home as per government guidance.  
  • No communal meeting points e.g. fisherman’s hut to remain closed and good distancing to be applied to he car park. Lunches etc should be eaten in isolation from other people, hence the picnic benches will be out of use.
  • Bookings to be made in advance and payments made in advance where possible (see bank details below). This would mean that people would not be allowed to just turn up on the day and expect to fish.
  • Staggered starting times if necessary
  • 15 metres apart for bank fishermen
  • One person per boat except if fishing with someone from the same household
  • No competition fishing (which would possibly attract large gatherings)
  • Personal protection is the responsibility of each individual but boats etc. will be disinfected by the fishery between each use and during this period of control we are asking everyone to return to using their own nets for both bank and boat and their own motors if using a boat. NB: We will not be supplying motors and batteries for the foreseeable future.
  • The toilet will remain open with disinfectant available for before and after use, but anglers are encouraged to discreetly use the great outdoors but for peeing only. A sink for hand-washing is available in the toilet.
  • There will be disinfectant available at point of contact (such as gates) for anglers to use before and after touching these points of contact.
  • Recording of catches will be co-ordinated by us so there will be no catch returns book on display. Anglers will be asked to let us know their returns before leaving by either text, email or phone call.
  • Flies and line sales suspended.
  • Anglers will be expected to use their own life jackets if fishing from a boat
  • Please note that we will no longer be operating the loyalty card scheme this year

Clearly we are taking every measure to try to protect everyone that visits the loch but we are also conscious of our own safety and would hope that everyone will continue to apply the responsibility required to keep us all safe.

Please contact us to book any fishing: 01890 771960

 

For advanced payments of fishing once a booking has been made please make bank transfers with your surname as reference & if room the date you are fishing. Our bank info is as follows:

Lloyds bank, A/c name: Coldingham Loch Fly Fishery

Sort Code: 30-90-13 A/C number: 16312660

We prefer you to pay by bank transfer but if this is not possible, then please bring the right amount of cash for your fishing session in an envelope with your name and amount enclosed written on the front. This can be dropped in the box when you are here. We will not be able to give you change.

Once again please note that fishing is by appointment/booking only. There will be no exceptions made for people that turn up on the day expecting to fish. Thank you.

Covid 19 Holiday Cottage Bookings – please do not pay any balances due until we know as and when we are able to re-open the cottages

Please contact us if you want to discuss any bookings made for this year or if you wish to re-schedule any bookings for next year.

If guests are unable to come on their holiday due to the Covid 19 situation the first thing we ask is that if you have holiday insurance, then please check if you can make a claim with your insurers. This would really help us, as it would mean that if you could get your holiday refunded through your insurer then you haven’t lost out financially and neither would we. You could then book in the future with us as normal once we are out of these uncertain times.  

If you do not have holiday insurance then please get in touch with Carmel by telephone 01890 771960 or email info@coldinghamloch.co.uk

best wishes, Carmel & Gareth

 

21st May 2020 Update:

As many of you will know the Scottish Government said today that Phase One of the route map out of Lockdown should begin from 28th May 2020 and that fishing is included as one of the permitted outdoor activities for people to enjoy again. This means we are able to re-open the fishery and intend to do so on Sunday 31st May.

There is however a really important part of the Phase One rules on ‘getting about’ and this is as follows:

‘Permitted to travel short distances for outdoor leisure and exercise but advise to stay within a short distance of your local community (broadly within 5 miles)  and travel by walk, wheel and cycle where possible.’ Ref: Scotland’s Route Map Through and Out of The Crisis, Scottish Government 21st May 2020 Pg 39

So anyone considering booking a session with us here at the loch please bear this in mind.

 As we anticipated, re-opening means that we need to abide by guidelines set out by both SANA (The Scottish Anglers National Association) and the Angling Trust. As per our previous update the following measures will now apply for the foreseeable future:

  • No one displaying symptoms or who are in self isolation due to a member of their household displaying symptoms should remain at home as per government guidance.  
  • No communal meeting points e.g. fisherman’s hut to remain closed and good distancing to be applied to he car park. Lunches etc should be eaten in isolation from other people, hence the picnic benches will be out of use.
  • Bookings to be made in advance and payments made in advance where possible (see bank details below). This would mean that people would not be allowed to just turn up on the day and expect to fish.
  • Staggered starting times if necessary
  • 15 metres apart for bank fishermen
  • One person per boat except if fishing with someone from the same household
  • No competition fishing (which would possibly attract large gatherings)
  • Personal protection is the responsibility of each individual but boats etc. will be disinfected by the fishery between each use and during this period of control we are asking everyone to return to using their own nets for both bank and boat and their own motors if using a boat. NB: We will not be supplying motors and batteries for the foreseeable future.
  • The toilet will remain open with disinfectant available for before and after use, but anglers are encouraged to discreetly use the great outdoors but for peeing only. A sink for hand-washing is available in the toilet.
  • There will be disinfectant available at point of contact (such as gates) for anglers to use before and after touching these points of contact.
  • Recording of catches will be co-ordinated by us so there will be no catch returns book on display. Anglers will be asked to let us know their returns before leaving by either text, email or phone call.
  • Flies and line sales suspended.
  • Anglers will be expected to use their own life jackets if fishing from a boat
  • Please note that we will no longer be operating the loyalty card scheme this year

Clearly we are taking every measure to try to protect everyone that visits the loch but we are also conscious of our own safety and would hope that everyone would apply the responsibility required to keep us all safe.

Please contact us to book any fishing.

 

For advanced payments of fishing once a booking has been made please make bank transfers with your surname as reference & if room the date you are fishing. Our bank info is as follows:

Lloyds bank, A/c name: Coldingham Loch Fly Fishery

Sort Code: 30-90-13 A/C number: 16312660

We prefer you to pay by bank transfer but if this is not possible, then please bring the right amount of cash for your fishing session in an envelope with your name and amount enclosed written on the front. This can be dropped in the box when you are here. We will not be able to give you change.

Once again please note that fishing is by appointment/booking only. There will be no exceptions made for people that turn up on the day expecting to fish. Thank you.

Covid 19 Holiday Cottage Bookings – please do not pay any balances due until we know as and when we are able to re-open the cottages

Please contact us if you want to discuss any bookings made for this year or if you wish to re-schedule any bookings for next year.

If guests are unable to come on their holiday due to the Covid 19 situation the first thing we ask is that if you have holiday insurance, then please check if you can make a claim with your insurers. This would really help us, as it would mean that if you could get your holiday refunded through your insurer then you haven’t lost out financially and neither would we. You could then book in the future with us as normal once we are out of these uncertain times.  

If you do not have holiday insurance then please get in touch with Carmel by telephone 01890 771960 or email info@coldinghamloch.co.uk

best wishes, Carmel & Gareth

11th May 2020 Update

We thought it important to stay in touch and to let you know the current state of play with regards to fishing here at Coldingham Loch.

The Scottish Anglers National Association (a body that represents Scottish game anglers) has been in conversation with the Scottish Government regarding a phased re-opening of Angling in Scotland. The link to their website is www.sana.org.uk. It has produced a set of guidelines broadly similar to the ones produced by The Angling Trust (the body that oversees fishing in England and Wales), who today announced that fishing will be amongst the first wave of activities that the UK Government will allow in England as from Wednesday 13th May 2020. The link to their website is www.anglingtrust.net

It should be noted that both SANA and The Angling Trust have produced a set of guidelines for anglers and fisheries and clubs and much of what they recommend is similar and will no doubt be the type of guidance we will follow once the restrictions on activities in Scotland are reduced.

Clearly this has been a very difficult time for us and for all the other fisheries in the country and we are keen to re-open as and when the Scottish Government give us the go-ahead.

When we do re-open, it will have to be under strict adherence to any guidelines that might be in force and once we know exactly what these are we will of course keep you updated.

We are guessing that many of the measures that we had already introduced before the lockdown will be imposed:

i.e.

  • No one displaying symptoms or who are in self isolation due to a member of their household displaying symptoms should remain at home as per government guidance.  
  • No communal meeting points e.g. fisherman’s hut to remain closed and good distancing to be applied to the car park. Lunches etc should be eaten in isolation from other people, hence the picnic benches will be out of use.
  • Bookings to be made in advance and payments made in advance where possible. This would mean that people would not be allowed to just turn up on the day and expect to fish.
  • Possibility of staggered starting times.
  • 15 metres apart for bank fishermen
  • One person per boat except if fishing with someone from the same household.
  • No club bookings at this stage
  • Personal protection would be the responsibility of each individual but boats etc. would be disinfected by the fishery between each use and during this period of control we would be asking everyone to return to using their own nets for both bank and boat and their own motors if using a boat. NB: We will not be supplying motors and batteries for the foreseeable future.
  • The toilet will remain open with disinfectant available for before and after use, but anglers are encouraged to discreetly use the great outdoors but for peeing only. A sink for handwashing is available in the toilet.
  • There will be disinfectant available at point of contact (such as gates) for anglers to use before and after touching these points of contact.
  • Recording of catches will be co-ordinated by us so there will be no catch returns book on display. Anglers will be asked to let us know their returns before leaving by either text, email or phone call.
  • Flies and line sales suspended.
  • Anglers will be expected to use their own life jackets if fishing from a boat
  • Anglers please bring own nets
  • We will not be supplying motors at this time – anglers can bring their own or oars are supplied in each boat

These are just a few of the more important measures that we expect that we will have to adopt in the event of re-opening and we thought that it might be useful to share them with you as a precursor to the start of fishing. Clearly we will take every measure to try to protect everyone that visits the loch but we are also conscious of our own safety and would hope that everyone would apply the responsibility required to keep us all safe.

Please note that we are  NOT YET OPEN   but remain optimistic that it might not be too long before we are and are therefore giving you advanced notice as to what some of the changes might be.

Clearly this pandemic has had a profound effect on us as a fishery and business and as such has forced us into re-thinking how we might operate in the future to ensure the fishery remains viable. We are considering all options so that we may remain here and continue offering a service to the fishing community and our holiday guests. As such, the eventual ‘new normal’ for us might look different in future but more of that as and when we know how things develop. We guess that many fisheries will have the same dilemma.

I know that you might not want to hear this, but the loch is at its absolute best at the moment with fish rising in all areas and keen to take the fly. I know this because, this being my back garden I have been lucky enough to cast a line once or twice and believe me it has been epic!

The swallows and house martins have once again returned albeit a little bit later this year and they are busy working the loch and picking off a variety of flies including a plentiful supply of hawthorns just now. The swans are also nesting and we are expecting to see cygnets any time very soon.

So that’s it from us just now. We hope that those of you who are lucky enough to return to fishing in England, enjoy yourselves and stay safe and that things here in Scotland continue to improve such that we might also follow suit at some point. We have included a few photos from recent weeks which included yours truly enjoying a spot of bank fishing.

 

 

best wishes, Carmel & Gareth