Choose from game, sea or coarse..
Salmon, brown trout and sea trout fishing are all popular in Scotland as well as a growing interest in coarse fishing. It’s worth checking with the individual venues as to the running times and seasons for salmon and sea trout as these will vary; each river in Scotland will have its own statutory regulations and closed seasons and permission must be obtained from the owner of the fishing rights.
Good fishing can be found throughout Scotland. In the south the Scottish Borders has the River Tweed, which is famous for its salmon fishing and in the south west the Solway rivers are known for their sea trout and late running salmon.
In the west and north you’ll find hundreds of lochs, streams and small spate rivers and further east there are the classic salmon rivers of the Tay, Dee and Spey. In fact excellent fishing can also be found on many of Scotland’s islands.
If sea angling is more to your taste Scotland has both an excellent and varied coastline where you can fish from boats or from the coast. An array of species can be found off Scotland’s coast including cod, haddock and whiting and in the spring flounder and bass enter the river estuaries. Sea angling in Scotland does not require any permits or licenses and charter boats are readily available throughout Scotland, which cater for both individuals and groups.
If you’re new to fishing and you don’t have any equipment you’ll often be able to find a local tackle shop which will offer advice and equipment for hire. Most charter boat operators will also include fishing tackle and bait within their rental costs.
Both novice and experienced anglers may also consider getting some expert tuition to learn a new skill or hone existing skills – there are many angling courses available.
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In 2003 Islay hosted the European Fly Fishing championships, making it the perfect destination for a fishing holiday.
Home to the record for the biggest salmon ever caught (64lbs in 1922!)
Set in the stunning scenery of the Trossachs, Lake Menteith is the best place to fly fish.
Holding both salmon and trout the River Luce becomes extremely popular for fishing in the summer months as the natural beauty surrounding the banks give it a really relaxing feel.
Well renowned for its spring salmon fishery, the River Bladnoch also has a good amount of summer salmon making fishing on here a real treat.
The River Cree rises from Loch moan before taking its path through woodland and moors before joining the sea near Newton Stewart.
Between Dalbeattie and Castle Douglas, Buittle Reservoir is well stocked monthly bringing you fantastic trout fishing.
At 35 miles long, the River Urr has plenty of good sights to fish on. Again salmon and trout are common here but the river is one of only three in Scotland which allows fishing until the end of November.
Loch Ken is located in the heart of Dee Valley and has historically been a thriving area for Pike with the famous Kenmure pike caught back in 1798 being said to weigh in at a huge 72lbs.
The flyfishing on offer at the Moffat Fishery is second to none with its peaceful location in the rolling Scottish Borders.
Although Argyll is not so well renowned for its river fishing, the river Awe has been known to produce plentiful amounts of salmon catches.
Located at the mouth of Loch Etive, this magnificent bay is perfect for a day of boat and shore fishing.
Fishing on the Isle of Mull is a great way to unwind, relax and appreciate the stunning scenery which surrounds you.
This fantastic two mile loch is perfect for catching arctic char, salmon and brown trout.
Often regarded as being home to some of the best waters for brown trout fishing in northern Argyll.
Haddo Trout Fishery, located on Keithfield lake, offers some terrifically relaxing brown trout fishing.
The Inverurie Fishing comprises of approximately two miles along the north bank of the river Don.
Kintore, situated on the banks of the river Don, offers the perfect conditions for the dry angler.
There are multiple and varied opportunities for fishing on this river depending on the time of year you plan your trip.
For a great day out fly fishing look no further than Mossat Trout Fishery.
Situated in the heart of royal Deeside, the Mill of Strachan is home to two well stocked lochs spreading over 8 acres and available for a spot of fly fishing.
There are plenty of opportunities to fish Loch Lomond and the L.L.A.I.A provide the perfect starting point.
This fantastic fishery located on the west end of the Loch.
This 2 acre fishery has an average depth of 12 feet and is stocked with Triploid and Blue Rainbow salmon weighing 2lb upwards.
Offering permits for brown trout fishing from the Lammermuis all the way down to below Chirnside.
Salmon fishing along the river Tay is extensively popular in the area of Perthshire.
Managed by Loch Earn Fishings, this beautiful loch situated in the districts of Perth, Kinross and Stirling is home to some of the largest ‘brownies’ in Scotland.
If there is a large group of you heading out to fish, then the Cromlix Estate is the perfect place for you.
Sky Ghillie Fly Fishing control fishing on the river Snizort, the longest river on Skye.
The river Spey is the home of speycasting and is one of Scotland’s big four salmon rivers.
Situated 4 miles east of Aviemore, this loch is ideal for those fishing brown trout and the occasional pike.
This fish farm located on the Rothiemurchus estate offers well stocked rainbow trout, salmon and sea trout fishing.
The river Don provides fantastic opportunities for a spot of fly fishing. In addition to providing an abundance of salmon and sea trout, it also offers excellent brown trout fishing opportunities.
For those after a peaceful and scenic day of fishing then look no further than the Alford. This stretch of the Don is famed for its quality of brown trout and salmon fly fishing and is surrounded by mountains, moorlands and mature woodland slopes.
If fishing on Loch Ard takes your fancy then contact Go Country on 01877 387750. Fishing permits and boat hire are available.
At 3 miles long and half a mile wide, St. Mary’s Loch is good for fishing brown trout as well as pike.
With boat and bank fishing alike, the Watch Reservoir is good for fishing rainbow and brown trout across its 120 acres
Talla Reservoir is two miles long and over 300 acres making it great for fishing brown trout of good size. There are also season boat permits available to get out on the water!
The stunning river Eden, situated to the south of Perth flows across fertile volcanic rocks and is home to salmon and brown trout. Angling clubs operate heavily over here and so permits can be easily obtained.
Based at the Auchingarrich Wildlife centre, this fishery provides tuition in fly fishing and equipment. A fantastic place for beginners!
The water here is regularly stocked with rainbow trout and is also good for catching brown trout and pike. Castle Hill Fishery provides permits throughout the season which starts in March.
This delightful loch is surrounded by Pine and Birch Woodland and is regularly stocked with rainbow and brown trout.
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