Discover The Very Best Fishing That Scotland Has To Offer
A sport which combines peaceful surroundings, a chance for some quiet contemplation whilst providing a few thrills seems the perfect tonic during current times, and a spot of fishing affords exactly that. With a huge variety of species in the hundreds of rivers and lochs around Scotland, there are excellent salmon, trout and coarse fishing opportunities in some of the most picturesque parts of the country.
We’ve compiled our top picks from the world of Scottish fishing, to help you discover the wealth of angling options on the doorstep of our Luxury Scotland properties. Irrespective of age or ability, it is time to get outside and enjoy the perfect fishing holiday in the heart of Scotland.
Across the country, you will find one of the most spectacular displays in the animal kingdom - Atlantic salmon leaping upriver to their breeding grounds. If you are hoping to catch a glimpse of this phenomenon, the best sightings tend to be early morning and evenings in October and November
Stay at Gleneagles or Fonab Castle Hotel & Spa in Perthshire, then head to Buchanty Spout,Easter Glenalmond near Crieff or to the Linn of Tummel and the nearby Pitlochry Dam Fish Ladder. Salmon fishing season ends on most rivers on November 30th, so take advantage while you can. The River Tay in Perthshire, Aberdeenshire’s River Dee and the long River Spey in the Highlands have stretches where the chances of getting a bite are high.
Fishing in the Scottish Borders
The Fly Fishing Centre is a dedicated fly fishing and fly casting educational facility located in the grounds of the SCHLOSS Roxburghe Hotel in the Scottish Borders. The hotel specialises in teaching all forms of modern fly casting techniques and offers one-to-one and group instruction on rivers and still waters on the River Tweed system for Atlantic Salmon, Sea Trout and Brown Trout.
Fishing in Central Scotland
Crossbasket Castle have their very own section of the River Calder. This has Brown Trout passing through and is a pleasant way for guests to cast a few lines or maybe try fishing for the first time. The hotel holds a small selection of rods and guests are welcome to pick these up at any time and wander over to the loch for a cast. Fishing is permitted up to the bridge where Stoneymeadow Road crosses the river to behind the Castle. Trout, Salmon and Pike fishing can also be arranged by the hotel.
Cromlix in Perthshire have their own loch on the Estate called House Loch, which is stocked with Brown Trout, providing the perfect fishing opportunity for experienced anglers and newbies alike. Should you wish to fish on one of the larger lochs on the Estate the hotel can arrange for you to do this with Ghillie John McCallum. Cromlix is also lucky enough to be surrounded by some great locations to fish for salmon, trout, and pike.
Fishing on the West Coast
At Inverlochy Castle in Fort William, fishing can be enjoyed on the Loch Na Marag in the Castle grounds or alternatively, hire a ghillie and go further afield with a boat on a loch and fish for salmon or trout.
We hope this has inspired you to get out into nature and explore the best of Scottish fishing. If you would like to plan a well-deserved trip to any of the luxury properties listed, we would love to hear from you.
First published 29th October 2020. All information was correct at the time of going to press.