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Fishing Lewis and Harris Visitors Information

The Hebrides have over 4,000 lochs and lochans and a large number of rivers with access to the sea. Most Salmon catches are in the 7 to 10 lbs. range and Brown trout catches are also of a good range.

Fishing holidays in the Outer Hebrides are a popular choice with both sea and game anglers.

Fishing lochs on the Islands range from barely 40 yards wide to the seven-mile long Loch Langavat with its 28 miles of shoreline, while sea fishing in the Outer Hebrides can be either shore based or from one of the many Western Isles fishing charters serving our Scottish islands.

Lewis and Harris have some of the finest Salmon and Trout fishing anywhere in Scotland.

  • Lewis Latitude: 58.2416° N Longitude: 6.6616° W
  • Lewis Postcode HS1
  • Lewis WOEID 36349

There is game angling offering some of the best summer salmon and trout fishing in Europe, with many opportunities to catch Arctic char, brown trout, sea trout and wild salmon in the Western Isles.

Fishing breaks in the Hebrides provide an opportunity to experience a wide range of Scottish Island fishing environments, from the vast peat moor lands of Lewis with its infinite inlets and inland waters, the rugged mountains of Harris with numerous hill lochs, boulder strewn burns and rivers, to the sea-pools of North Uist, the machair lochs of South Uist and the brown trout waters of Barra

The best time for fishing wild salmon is between June and September and the best conditions are when the rivers are in spate after heavy rain, or, during spring tides.

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Nairn Fishing Guest Information

  • The Harbour

This is a ancient fishing port, the harbour provides a limited number of visitor berths The harbour can be found at the A96 trunk road bridge over the River Nairn at Bridge Street and following the West bank of the River, most fishing is done from two piers at the entrance to the harbour which is tidal, or on the beach at low water

  • The river Nairn

The Nairn is relatively small river and can be very productive, both in terms of the quality and size of fish caught, their five year average is 125 salmon and 14 sea trout. The river has been changed to a Category 1 River. The river opens on the 4th March each year with a ceremony starting about 10.00am at the Jubilee Bridge.

  • Nairn: Postcode IV12
  • Nairn: 57.5864° N Longitude: 3.8685° W
  • Nairn: WOEID 11425

The angling club offers exclusive fishing for salmon and sea trout with salmon up to 20 lbs and sea trout up to 6 lbs caught each season, the visitor can easily account for 2 -3 fish in a day, across 8 miles of mostly double bank, the river, rises in head streams, on the slopes of Carn Ghriogair in the Monadhliath Mountains and flows north-eastwards through Strathnairn for 38 miles, to empty into the Moray Firth at Nairn, offering some excellent fly water within its 7 beats and 40 named pools.

Loch Belivat in Nairn provides a great venue for trout fishing with rowing boats available to hire to start you off out in the lake, there are a lot of types of trout, in the Loch including Brown Trout Sometimes referred to as Finnock in Scotland, the best to time your fishing trip in Loch Belivat between April to September, You can usually choose to fish in two sessions – morning and night time.

Remember that catch and release are encouraged when fishing here, with this, a catch that is less than 1 foot is to be put back in the water.

In Scotland in general this will help to replenish the stock for further generations to follow, and to protect the balance of fish in the water this gives the smaller ones a chance to grow bigger.

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Beauly Fishing Guide

Beauly is a popular centre for those who are interested in game sports as fabulous shooting and fishing are available locally.

The Beauly District Fishery Board covers the Rivers Beauly, Glass and Farrar, the Catchment extends from Glen Affric in the south-west to the mouth of the River Beauly at the Beauly Firth and includes Glen Cannich, Glen Strathfarrar and Strathglass.

There is extensive hydro-electric development on the system, including principal dams at Loch Monar and Loch Mullardoch, Aigas and Kilmorack.

  • Beauly: Latitude: 57.483411 Longitude: -4.460351
  • Beauly: Postcode IV4
  • Beauly:WOEID 12170

You will find approximately 2.2 miles of double bank fishing on the Upper Beauly. There are two beats, three rods on each, which are fished in rotation.

A beautiful stretch of water in Strathglass, in peaceful and relaxing surroundings. There is a ghillie available by arrangement, if required.

There is a comfortable, lunch hut at a central point on the fishery.

Lovat Estates owns the middle River Beauly which is available for fishing by contacting Donald Fraser at R Morisons, Ironmongers, in the town of Beauly along the high street.

The lower River Beauly is owned by River Beauly Fishing Syndicate and is let on a timeshare basis, the Lovat Estates also owns the Beauly Estuary waters.

Beauly Angling Club provides members with affordable access to river and firth for Salmon and Sea Trout.

The club was founded during the Second World War by the late Simon Fraser, Lord Lovat, and became known as the Beauly Angling Club in the mid 1980s.

Fishing on the River Beauly extends downstream from Lovat Bridge to Wester Lovat; this equates to around 7 miles of bank fishing with ten named pools.

The fishing on the inner half of the Beauly Firth is also included in club membership offering saltwater fly fishing, spinning and bait fishing predominately for Sea Trout.

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Bettyhill Fishing Guide

Betty Hill Scottish Highlands Fishing.

With echoes of the Highland Clearances that are never far away in Bettyhill, the coastal settlement was developed after thousands of people were cleared from the Naver valley between 1811 and 1821.

Today the River Naver on the north coast of Scotland has a more tranquil and peaceful out line, it is well situated as a base for exploring the many excellent trout lochs in and around Strath Naver, they all providing fabulous fly fishing for truly wild trout in the most magnificent wild surroundings, and impressive mountain scenery including two Munros.

When fishing in Scotland, you are never far from rivers or the sea, whether you’re rod fishing, deep sea fishing or fishing on a loch.

 

  • Bettyhill Latitude: 58.5252° N Longitude: 4.2223° W
  • Bettyhill Postcode KW14

The general fishing season is between April/May and September/October, you will need a permit for most freshwater fishing.

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Bonar Bridge Fishing Guide

Fishing in Bonar Bridge

Sutherland is famed for its wide expanses of wilderness, stunning scenery and myriad of lochs and rivers welcoming the game angler, this south-east corner is the least remote part, much of it within an hour or so drive of Inverness, but nevertheless, there is some excellent salmon and trout fishing to be had.

The best and most easily accessed of the trout lochs in this area lie in a broad belt running north-south from Beannach, about 4 miles north of Lairg, past Loch Craggie, down to Loch Migdale at Bonar Bridge, so it means a short diversion inland from the North Coast 500 route, but well worth a visit.

There are also additional lochs in the foothills along the coast from Dornoch to Brora, closer to the NC500, many of these lochs benefit from a mayfly hatch, typically for a month or so from early June.

  • Bonar Bridge Latitude: 57.891538 Longitude: -4.344874
  • Bonar Bridge Postcode: IV24
  • Loch Buidhe

Loch Buidhe, lies 530 feet above sea-level and sudden squalls can develop from nowhere, boats are available, but great care is needed when fishing from a boat, a drogue is recommended, although the road runs along the entire length of the South side of the Loch, the traffic is extremely light, a delightful easily accessible loch with good brown trout averaging 8oz and an occasional salmon and sea trout late in the season.

  • Kyle of Sutherland

The Kyle of Sutherland is a large tidal area extending Over 20 miles in length this estuary offers excellent salmon and sea trout fishing from the confluence of the rivers Oykel and the Cassley east wards to the Dornoch Firth. Both salmon and sea trout are caught, with the Kyle of Sutherland Angling Club taking in the region of 400 salmon and 200 sea trout per season.

  • River Oykel

The River Oykel is a major river in northern Scotland that is famous as one of Scotland's best salmon rivers producing between 1,500 and 2,000 fish, the lower river is divided into 4 beats, the river then rises on Ben More Assynt, a few miles from Ullapool on the west coast of Scotland, and drains into the North Sea via the Kyle of Sutherland. Traditionally the river has marked the boundary between Ross to the south and Sutherland to the north.

  • Loch Migdale

 Loch Migdale lies a mile about 2 miles from east of Bonar Bridge, an attractive loch sheltered by woodland, the loch contains a Crannog dating from the Iron Age, here you can catch brown trout averaging 10oz, some over 2lbs.

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