Father’s Day Inspiration from Logie

It often seems that we struggle with inspiration for Father's Day. On Mother's Day, local cafes are full to bursting and florists and cake shops are emptied of stock, but when it comes to Father's Day, things can seem a little trickier and if you're not careful you can end up with a last minute 'best dad in the world' mug from the petrol station, which is a nice sentiment, but it's not highly original. So if you'd like to treat your dad to something different, that'll really make him feel you thought about him this June 16th (yep, that's a week Sunday folks), here's a bit of inspiration of things to see, do and gift from us here at Logie. 

Unique Father's Day Gifts at Logie Steading

Logie Whisky & Wine

An oldie but a goodie, a bottle of his favourite whisky or gin is always going to be a winner. And if you're looking to surprise him, the whisky shop has hundreds of specialist Scotch whiskies and gins - you'll almost certainly be able to find something he's never tried before. If whisky & gin isn't his thing there's also a good selection of wines, local beers and paraphernalia to choose from too. 

table of goodies at Logie Whisky
part of the whisky selection at Logie Whisky and Wine

The Boardroom

This is a veritable man-cave. Logie Timber's showroom adjoining the farm shop is a haven for woody types. There are beautiful hardwood boards in varying finishes for people who like to make their own furniture, kitchens or anything else, chunks of burr Elm & other turning blanks, right through to beautifully finished furniture, wooden art, lighting, chopping boards and even fire pits and fire wood. Well worth a look. And if you'd like a gift voucher please contact us

Yellowbroom bespoke light in The Boardroom at Logie Steading
inside The Boardroom at Logie Steading

Logie Steading Bookshop

The secondhand bookshop at Logie is often a haven for dads - if anyone can't find a husband we always suggest a hunt in there as there are so many interesting books and themes that they can be swallowed for hours! There's a great range to suit all bookish tastes, from rare early editions of Scottish books to local history, birding and aviation to fun titles such as Biggles and the Ladybird 'The Husband'. Worth a browse, and if you don't know what he'd like, they offer book vouchers too!

Biggles at Logie Bookshop
The Husband book at Logie Bookshop

My Secret Dressing Room

You might think that this Aladdin's Cave of a shop isn't the natural fit for father's day. But Barbara has a gorgeous collection of true vintage cufflinks just now. A smart gift that you won't find an exact match for anywhere else. 

gentlemen's cufflinks at My Secret Dressing Room (1)


Tez can make a bespoke printed gift for your father to suit his tastes. He's into vintage cars, Tez can print a canvas blueprint of many different car designs for you. Or how about a bespoke board game? This RAF version of Monopoly is an example of how the game can be converted to suit your own father's interests and makes a really thoughtful present! Tez is also able to touch up old photographs so if there's a precious memory in your family and the print has seen better days, why not take it along to him and see what he can do. 

personalised Monoploy board at Iolaire
iolaire car blueprints (1)


Hellygog has a huge range of gifts, generally made by local Scottish craftspeople. It's definitely worth popping in for a browse but here's a few suggestions to whet your appetite: handmade horseshoe welly boot stand, original artwork or print, one of Steve's original t shirts, whisky stave clocks & drinks paraphernalia and so much more. 

Hellygog horse shoe welly rack (1)
whisky stave clocks at Hellygog
fathers day gifts at hellygog

Logie Farm & Garden Shop

If your father is a gardener he will be in heaven here. There's a huge range of in-house and locally grown plants available, plus tools and useful garden kit. If your dad is a meat-lover we also have our own extensively-reared Longhorn beef, lamb, pork and wild Roe venison from Logie Estate too.

But my dad doesn't want any more stuff!

How about an experience? There are plenty of authentic choices right here at Logie Steading. 

Father and Son fishing at Logie on the River Findhorn

Salmon Fishing on the River Findhorn 

Perhaps your dad is an avid fly fisherman, or has always wanted to give it a try. The River Findhorn is one of the most beautiful rivers to fish in the world (while we might be biased, it's genuinely what many of our visitors from far and wide say over again), and is a wonderful place to spend time across the generations and is available to book for 1-4 rods by the day or by the week. More information can be found here

A Course or Workshop

We have So Many courses and workshops to choose from here at Logie, each run by a knowledgeable individual in their field. At Hellygog you'll find craft workshops, there are photography training walks run by Gary Murison throughout the summer, there's Drystone Dyke Building with Ewen Manson, and a host of different green woodworking furniture making courses with Aaron Sterritt to choose from - learn to make all sorts of things from a table to a West Coast chair or woven-seat stool. Information about all the different courses and workshops, and how to book them can be found at our What's On page. 

drystone wall course with ewen manson
green woodworking course with Aaron Sterritt (1)

Outdoor Theatre Tickets

Perhaps he'd enjoy joining you on a relaxed outdoor theatre trip this summer. We have Shakespeare's The Tempest, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and - if he'd like to go together with his children - there's the family-fun Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves. More information and how to book can be found here

And finally...

A Trip to Logie Steading & the Olive Tree Cafe!

How about a walk along the beautiful River Findhorn, a stroll through the gardens and a tasty treat at the cafe. How about a leisurely bacon roll breakfast, a venison burger lunch or a delicious cake or cream tea in the afternoon to top the day off nicely..

eating outside at the Olive Tree Cafe Logie STeading
chocolate orange cake at the olive tree cafe logie steading
Logie House Garden with alliums

It really is the Thought that Counts

It doesn't have to be expensive. It may sound obvious but in the desire to find the perfect thoughtful present, it's easy to forget that, if you're lucky enough to have a father close by, some time shared might well be the best thing you can give him for Father's Day. A walk along the beautiful River Findhorn, maybe a cuppa or a cake, and maybe a small memento of your day together - anything from a postcard to a bookmark that made you laugh together. And if you're not together, a phone call and a card in the post to make him smile. Whatever this Father's Day has in store for you, we wish all the wonderful fathers out there a very happy day!

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Father’s Day Inspiration from Logie

Terms & Conditions for fishing on Logie Estate

  1. Fishing on the river is restricted to 2 rods per beat and is to be by fly only. All fishing is from the right bank. By arrangement with the neighbouring estate there is no left bank fishing on the Relugas Middle and Top beats.
  2. The fishing is split into two 2 rod beats, Logie and Relugas, with Relugas sub divided into Middle and Top.  Beats can be taken together or separately. Logie is fished Monday to Saturday, Relugas Middle on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and Relugas Top on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Beats change at midnight.
  3. Fishermen must contact Logie Estate office on 01309 611300 a day or so before arrival to organise being shown onto the river. A map of pools, beats and access routes will be provided.
  4. Bio-security is important to the future of the river and anglers are asked to observe protection measures. The Findhorn District Fishery Board Conservation Code will be strictly observed. To summarise: All fish caught up to 14th May inclusive must be released. From 15th May, all salmon over 9 lbs / 4 kg / 28 inches / 72 cm are to be returned.  Below that measurement at least 70% of salmon and 50% of grilse caught should be released and a maximum of 1 salmon and / or 2 grilse per rod per week may be retained. In September all fish are to be returned. No gaffs or tailers are allowed.
  5. The Findhorn District Fishery Board Bio-security measures will be strictly observed and all fishermen in the party must sign the Bio-security Declaration. (Also available at http://www.fnlft.org.uk/downloads/)
  6. The Estate recommends that barbless hooks are used, fishermen are in possession of a disgorger and that knotless nets are used. All possible care should be taken when returning fish to the river, they should be handled as little, and gently, as possible and should not be removed from the water.
  7. The catch should be reported at the end of each day of fishing to Logie Estate Office on 01309 611300. If the office is closed, please leave a message on the answering machine with the date, weight and pool. Please also report a nil catch day.
  8. Dogs are allowed on the river but must be kept strictly under control at all times. The Estate reserves the right to ask tenants to remove dogs if they are considered to be out of control.
  9. Rod, line and fly size are dependent on prevailing weather and water conditions and personal choice. In general, maximum rod length needed is 13ft with a size 8 or 9 line, usually floating. Fly sizes range from 6 – 8 in the spring down to 12 or less in summer low water.
  10. Safety must be considered at all times. All beats have a variety of pools with some suitable for most heights of water. Little wading is necessary and river paths are good however the fishing is within the Findhorn gorge, access to some of the pools is quite steep and a degree of rock scrambling is often necessary when playing and landing fish. Please be aware that a reasonable level of fitness and mobility is required. A buoyancy aid for each rod is provided and should be collected from Logie Estate Office on arrival, and returned to the Estate Office (or to the outbuilding opposite if office is closed) on departure. Logie Estate strongly recommends that buoyancy aids are worn when fishing and not doing so is entirely at fishermen’s own risk. Please pay attention at all times, avoid slips and falls, wear appropriate footwear, look out for overhead electricity lines, watch the weather and pay attention to livestock. Take extra care if fishing alone.
  11. Anglers need to supply or hire their own equipment (except buoyancy aids, which are provided).
  12. Ghillieing/tuition is available by on a first come, first served basis. This must be booked in advance with the Estate Office and is subject to availability. A half day ghillieing/tuition is approx. 3 hours, full day approx. 6 hours. Please contact the estate office or check our website for current rates. Rates do not include discretionary tips.
  13. Rod, Reel & Line hire is available by on a first come, first served basis. This must be booked in advance with the Estate Office and is subject to availability. Please contact the estate office or check our website for current rates. A rod, reel and line set is for one person and is subject to a fully refundable damage deposit of £100.
  14. Aside from fishermen, others, including rafters and kayakers, enjoy this stretch of river and mutual respect and consideration is expected.
  15. Bookings are confirmed when initial payment is received. Subsequent changes in dates or number or rods are entirely subject to the Estate’s discretion and to availability. Change of dates, if accepted, incur an administration fee. In the event of a cancellation the tenant must advise Logie Estate immediately, whereupon Logie will endeavour to re-let. If a new tenant can be found the deposit will be returned less any expenses incurred for advertising, office costs, etc., and less any shortfalls in discounted list price. Until such time as a vacancy has been re-let the hirer is responsible for making any further payment by the due dates. Failure to do so may mean that the hirer forfeits any refund if the dates are re-let. If it is not possible to re-let, all payments are still payable by the due date(s). It is unlikely that a refund can be made for a late cancellation. Logie Estate recommends that fishermen take out relevant cancellation insurance.
  16. Subletting fishing is only allowed with Logie Estate’s permission.
  17. Logie Estate reserves the right to immediately withdraw fishing without compensation from anyone who breaks these or associated conditions, or flouts normal standards of behaviour or fishing etiquette.