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1. Croe
2. Ewe & Maree
3. Lax & Hope
4. Dionard & Polla
5. Hope & Strathmore
6. Borgie & L. Loyal
7. Naver
8. Strathy
9. Halladale
10. Thurso

Caithness & Sutherland

11. Shin
12. Oykel
13. Carron
14. Connon
15. Beauly
16. Brora
17. Helmsdale

Fishing opportunities in this part of Scotland (Caithness and Sutherland) are bountiful. On the west and north coasts you will find an abundance of short spate rivers and a multitude of lochs. As with most spate rivers you need to be in the right place at the right time to catch the runs of fish many of which begin in late summer so consult with the venue to make sure you get the best of the sport. Runs can be prolific.

Nor should you ignore the east coast rivers. These are longer and tend to have more consitent runs and a slightly better stamp of salmon. Many are well managed with considerable efforts being made to improve runs.
The efforts of the west coast fisheries trusts are now starting to return the sport to the halcyon days.


Many of these rivers are justifiably famous for their sea trout. Lochs like Hope, Stack, Maree and Dionard have reputations which stretch way back and specimen sea trout are still caught today.

This is an exceptional area for brown trout. There are simply thousands of hill lochs many of which are remote and virtually un-fished. If you are walking into such loch without a guide do touch base with the local estate. Not only will you thus avoid stalkers, but it is advisable for your own safety - this can be a wild place for the unwary. You should also check out the limestone lochs around Cape Wrath - the clarity of the water and beauty of the fish is a sight to behold.

Roger Dowsett

Fly fishing holidays and short breaks, guided excursions and STANIC-qualified instruction. Salmon, sea trout and brown trout fishing from our base in Ross-shire, with excursions to Caithness and Sutherland.

Ross-shire, Caithness & Sutherland

Amat Estate

Amat Estate
Fishing on the Cornhill and Amat beats (3 miles) of the River Carron.

R. Carron

The Inchnadamph Hotel

The Inchnadamph Hotel
Overlooking Loch Assynt The Inchnadamph Hotel is "The Anglers Retreat" Supurb 22 bed Hotel with eight boats and access permits to fourteen lochs. Superlative fishing in stunning highland scenery and because of its sheltered position the weather is usually good. Enjoy good home cooked food wine and a great selection of Real Scottish Ale. The Inchnadamph Hotel with its 200 year history is famous for its hospitality and reknowned for the enjoyment of the dedicated angler.


Dunbeath Estate

Dunbeath Estate
Situated between dramatic coastal cliffs and unspoilt beaches to the east and panoramic, heather blanketed expanses to the west, the Dunbeath Estate and Glutt cover 45,000 acres of outstanding natural beauty. The estate offers a range of accommodation for all tastes and budgets of between 2 and 15 guests. From delightful fisherman's cottages to traditional secluded lodges of immense character, all provide high levels of comfort, privacy and charm in abundance. Ideal for a quiet fishing holiday.

South of Wick

Glenrossal Estate

Glenrossal Estate
Glenrossal Estate in the heart of the Scottish Highlands has two beautiful holiday cottages for let. Ideal for fishing, shooting or hill walking vacations. Two and a half mile stretch of single bank salmon fishing on The Cassley.

R. Cassley

Stephen Smith

Highland School of Fly-Fishing
Quality fly-fishing instruction to the beginner and provide coaching to the more experienced angler also guided excursions to some of the best fishing lochs and rivers in the Highlands.

North West

Caithness and Sutherland Trout Angling Group

Caithness and Sutherland Trout Angling Group
We are a partnership of angling clubs, accommodation providers, landowners, instructors etc offering comprehensive information on planning brown trout angling breaks in the northern Highlands. Thousands of hill lochs, beautiful scenery, clean air and a friendly welcome await you!


Assynt Angling Group
The Assynt Angling Group was formed in the year 2000. It is a unique partnership of local anglers (The Assynt Angling Club) and local landowners who have come together to administer some of the finest wild brown trout fishing in Europe.



Altnaharra Hotel
A fisherman's dream. A real fishing hotel with a wealth of fishing opportunities .... fishing on Lochs: Naver, Hope, Loyal, Craggle, Slaim, Haluirn, Breac, Buidhead, Hakel, Meadie, Plantation, Na Beishe, Eilenach, Tarvie, and Staink. Also Rivers: Naver, Borgie, Dionard, Strathmore, Mudale, Shin, Brora and Helmsdale.


Beauly Angling Club

Beauly Angling Club
Established around 1960, the club provides sea trout and salmon fishing to residents of Beauly as well as to visitors. The club has approximately three miles of water beginning at the Lovat Bridge and including the tidal estuary of the Beauly Firth down to Bunchrew and Coulmore. Maps are shown in the Pools & Beats section. Fishing is mainly from the bank and wading in the upper reaches.


River Beauly

River Beauly
The River Beauly runs from the junction of the Rivers Farrar and Glass to the Lovat Bridge, into the Beauly Firth just to the east of Beauly, and extends to over 11 miles of double-bank fishing. The principal beats are on the Lower Beauly, which provide over three miles of double-bank fly-fishing from below the Kilmorack dam to the Lovat Bridge over which the A862 Inverness - Beauly road passes. The water is divided into three five-rod beats: Falls, Home and Downie, rotating on a daily basis.


St John's Loch

St John's Loch
The sporting quality of the trout just has to be experienced first hand. The loch also has the distinction of supporting the most northerly hatch of Mayfly in the British Isles. Managed by the St John's Loch Improvement Association, a non-profit organisation.

8 miles East of Thurso

River Borgie

River Borgie
The River Borgie is 7 miles in length from where it flows out of Loch Slaim to where it enters the sea on the north coast of Scotland at Torrisdale Bay. Fishing on the river opens on 12th January and closes on 30th September. Nowadays, fishing is by fly only, and Catch and release is encouraged though not mandatory, towards the end of the season when most of the fish are coloured.


Borgie Lodge Hotel

Borgie Lodge Hotel
The Borgie Lodge Hotel lies in a quiet, secluded, highland glen on the banks of the beautiful River Borgie in North Sutherland. The hotel has salmon fishing right on Rivers Borgie and Halladale and boats for wild brown trout on the hotel's 20 hill lochs. Peter MacGregor can supply all the necessary tackle and tuition you require. Exclusive shooting and stalking is also available on the 12,600 acre Tongue Estate where Grouse, Woodcock, Duck, Rabbit, Red, Sika and Roe Deer are abundant. Rifles, stalker and transport can all be supplied.


Scourie Hotel

Scourie Hotel
To connoisseurs of game fishing there is simply nothing to compare to the 25,000 acres of Loch, River and Hill Loch fishing held for the guests of Scourie Hotel. The Hotel has 36 fishing beats held exclusively for guests plus 3 beats on Loch Stack and Loch More for sea trout and salmon. Additional salmon fishing is taken on local salmon rivers.

NW Sutherland

Highland Rods and Reels
Guides for trout fishing highland lochs including Druim, Sionascaig, Bad A Ghail, Eck and Arenas. Tailor-made fly fishing packages.


River Strathy Fishings

River Strathy Fishings
It is every game anglers dream to discover a river of untapped potential. A river free from pollution, amid spectacular scenery and with runs of fish that have not been subjected to angling pressure. The River Strathy, in the Highlands of Scotland could just be your dream come true.

R. Strathy

Lairg Estate

Lairg Estate
The Lairg Estate water starts at the dam below little Loch Shin, in the new artificial pool appropriately named the Dam pool, and continues down river for approximately three miles until a pool called Grief. There are over thirty named pools on the upper Shin. The Estate water is split into two beats, and each beat has up to four rods fishing at any one time. The beats rotate every day at 1 pm. The Lairg Estate water is all double bank and most of the pools can be fished from either side.

R. Shin








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