Fishing – in search of the best

There are not many sports which combine peaceful surroundings, a chance for some contemplation and also a few thrills. Yes, fishing is one of our favourites, and Scotland is one of the world’s top destinations for freshwater and sea angling, with world-class fishing available across the country throughout the year.

So if you’re chasing the ‘king of fish’, the Atlantic salmon, or you prefer the hard fighting monster pike or giant common skate, we’ve got you covered.

You will discover a tremendous variety of species when fishing in the hundreds of rivers and lochs around Scotland. From beautiful Highland rivers to secluded island lochs, there are excellent salmon, trout and coarse fishing opportunities in some of the most picturesque areas of the country.

From the River Spey to  the River Findhorn in Moray you’ll find yourself totally immersed in the finest Scottish landscapes. You might even have an entire water course to yourself.

Whatever your level or ability, there are many professional gillies  that offer lessons for beginners and those looking to brush up on their techniques. Groups are welcome in many fishing areas, where you can learn from friendly ghillies and guides who will happily share some pointers and advise on the prime fishing spots. Why not come and try it with a few friends or the family, and see who can hook the biggest catch?

If you prefer sea fishing then Scotland’s long and rugged coastline provides fabulous angling opportunities for both boat and shore anglers. You will also find many quality charters available to take you in search of that next great catch. There are numerous species offshore but the skate, cod and beagle shark fishing off the west coast are a favourite with visitors and locals alike.

“Surprise yourself this year with a fishing trip in Scotland and a catch in one of our iconic lochs or world famous rivers surrounded by stunning Scottish scenery, be it our renowned Atlantic salmon, a hard fighting monster pike, or even a Scottish shark”    Visit Scotland.


Now many people would acknowledge Visit Scotland as vs1being an excellent provider of information on where to visit, what to see and do and even where to stay, but how many would consider Visit Scotland as one of the best providers of fishing information around.

I can highly recommend you check out their site and it matters not if your preference is for colourful Rainbow Trout, shining Grayling or even the seasonal stripy Mackerel, their reports on water conditions, ideal baits and even tidal charts are gaurenteed to help you have an even better day.

Another couple of favorites of mine are also worth checking out as I have taken fish to a good size from both.

Glen of Rothes has 6 acres of water, set in magnificent rothesHighland scenery in the Northeast of Scotland, and provides excellent Stillwater bank fishing for Rainbow trout, as well as for Browns, Blue rainbows and Brook trout. The lochs are mainly fly only, but there is a dedicated coarse loch with superb quality Carp, bream, orfe and tench well into double figures and is the only coarse loch in the area and a seperate bait loch suitable for families with rainbow trout.

The Mill of Kellas trout  fishery is Scotland’s newest trout fishery and is also a trout master’s water. Opened in July 2009 the fishery comprises of two fly lochs and one bait loch. All the lochs are re-stocked weekly with fish from 2.5lbs in to double figures.

All fish stocked are grade one fish supplied by Belhaven Trout Company and all the lochs are fully accessible by wheel chair.