Where to Fish for Arctic Char

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Haddo House Trout Fishery

Beautiful 5 acre fishery in the grounds of Haddo House near Methlick rated as a quality fly fishing water. Bank, boat (19' clinker built boats) and float tubes available with a limit of ten bank rods. Stocked with Brown trout, rainbow trout, blues and Char. Permits catch and release, fish for the table can be taken and paid for per pound. Contact The Estate Office, Mains of Haddo, Tarves
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, AB41 7LD. Call (01651) 851664. Google Map Reference 57.402604, -2.204226

Mill of Elrick Fishery

Auchnagatt, as well as the more usaul range of fish this fishery is stocked with Arctic Char, call 01358 701625. Google Map Reference 57.456616, -2.110222


Loch Lee

Wild brown trout and char on this glacial loch, boats available (max 6 char per boat) from Dalhousie Estate, call 01356 670208. Google Map Reference 56.903203, -2.945522


Kimelford Lochs

Half way between Oban and Lochgilphead , 6 hill lochs offering a variety of wild fishing opportunities for brown trout, rainbows and Arctic Char. Permits from the Culfail Hotel and the local post office in Kimelford. For boats call 01631 563305. Google Map Reference 56.261074, -5.474426

Loch a Phearsain

Brown trout and char. Google Map Reference 56.266520, -5.464942

Loch na Mhinn

Brown trout, rainbow trout and char. Google Map Reference 56.259548, -5.447003


Loch Insh

Permits available from the water sports centre at Loch Insh from May to September, call 01540 651272. Google Map Reference 57.119732, -3.929807

Loch Alvie

Permits from Alvie Estate Office call 01540 651255 or from the Daraddy Caravan Park 01479 810330. Google Map Reference 57.163274, -3.876334


Talla Reservoir,

300 acres of fishing near Tweedsmuir, brown trout and arctic char, permits from the Crook Inn, Tweedsmuir, call 01899 880272. Google Map Reference 57.163274, -3.876334


Loch Calder

The largest of the lochs Calder is also deeper (up to 85 feet) consequently it holds char and ferox as well as a good head of brown trout averaging half to three quarters of a pound. Bank and boat fishing, see Hugo Ross for permit information. Google Map Reference 58.524435, -3.594897

Fort William

Loch Arkaig

Permits from the Rod and Gun Shop, Fort William, call 01397 702656. Google Map Reference 56.971429, -5.123628

Loch Inlaggan

See Tomdoun Sporting Lodge web site. Google Map Reference 55.830407, -6.174620

Loch Quoich

9 miles long and rugged not for the faint hearted. Rumours of big, very big brown trout as well as ferox and lkots of Actic char. Can't find a contact for permits but someone in Glengarry might be able to point you in the right direction. If you get a contact let know please.

Google Map ref 57.070865, -5.268612

Loch Oich

Contact Tomdoun Sporing Lodge Hotel. Google Map Reference 57.067821, -4.774394


Commore Trout Fishery

18 acres of fishing, bank and boat. 60,000 fish in the water at any one time! Amazing stock range including - rainbows, blues, golden, tiger, char, ghost, wild brown trout and salmon. Fish to 24lb with the biggest taken to date at nine and a half pounds. In 2007 they will be stocking 75% blues. Permits for 4 hours to 8 hours plus parent and child and sporting tickets. Commore, Trout and Salmon Fishery, Neilson Rd, Glasgow, G78 3DA, call 01505 850572. Google Map Reference 55.759534, -4.453800

Loch Awe

Loch Awe

A good population of char in this deep loch. If you are trawling deep for char don't be surprised if you get into something big, there are some awesome pike, trout and ferox in Loch Awe.Contact Loch Awe Boats on 01886 833256. Here you might catch a record pike or a record trout or char, just about everything grows big here! Google Map Reference 56.289403, -5.228714

Isle of Lewis

Stornoway Angling Association,

Salmon, sea trout, brown trout and char (char lochs only) on rivers and lochs in the area. Day tickets available. There is good sea trout fishing in the sea and sea lochs. Float tubing is popular, but do not do it alone in the sea. Call 01851 705435 for more information. Website www.stornoway-angling-association.com. Google Map Reference 56.289403, -5.228714

Isle of Skye

Loch Mealt

North of Portree on the A 855, permits from Portree AA call 01478 612482. Google Map Reference 57.605729, -6.178692


Loch Ness

Bruce Wyne, Drumnadrochit, call 01456 450279. Google Map Reference 57.605729, -6.178692

Inchnacardoch Hotel

Call 01320 366258. Google Map Reference57.154762, -4.677836

Loch A Coire

12 miles south of Inverness, call Brin Estate Office, 01808 521211. Google Map Reference 6.742921, -3.72342

Loch Garry

At 1100 acres and up to 200 feet deep Loch Gary is a challenging bit of water to fish but it contains some whoppers. One upon a time it held the record for the largest fly caught brown trout. The loch has brown trout, ferox, pike, char and some salmon so you can have interesting times on any day if you know where to go. Large trout over 45cm are to be returned however facilities on the boats are provided to minimise stress to the fish, great idea in this photo mad world where fish are often man handled too much before being released.

There are variety of boats available from 16ft with a cuddy to canoes! Safety on a bit water is essential so equipment is provided along with powerful outboards. In the Highlands stormy weather can arrive in minutes, it's always good to know you have boats selected to cope. For bookings call 07770 541496. Guiding services are available. Google Map Reference 57.076620, -4.925393

Glen Moriston Hill Lochs

Well known for their trout fishing these hill lochs hold char too, contact Glen Moriston Lodge Estate, Glen Moriston, call 01320 352300. Google Map Reference 57.231780, -4.835787

Whitebridge Lochs

Loch Bran, Loch Nan Lann, Loch Brotain, Call the Whitebridge Hotel on 01456 486226. Google Map Reference 57.203298, -4.505993


Excellent trout fishing on a number of lochs, char present in some, with boat and bank fishing available. These are quality wild brown trout. I could list the information for you here but the Orkney Fly Angling Association have a first class web site with everything you would want to know about the fishing. Permits for this quality angling experience are inexpensive. Log on to www.orkneytroutfishing.co.uk and see what I mean, I'm moving home. Google Map Reference 58.999694, -3.249318



Loch Ericht

Permits from the Loch Ericht Hotel. call 01528 522257. Google Map Reference 56.907166, -4.291967

Loch Rannoch

Dunalastair Hotel, Kinloch Rannoch, 01882 632323. Google Map Reference 56.692103, -4.291281

Loch Tay

Brown trout fishing, and nowadays escapee rainbows of enormous proportions. Loch Tay offers both bank and boat fishing, float tubing is done with great caution as this is a large loch, 14 miles long, where the weather can change so quickly. Google Map Reference 56.542057, -4.116117

Ardeonaig Hotel

3 boats with outboards, call 01567 820400. Google Map Reference 56.502469, -4.159015

East Loch Angling Association

Control a sizeable part of the bank fishing for trout, salmon fishing is in the hands of riparian owners. Boat hire from the Loch Tay Boating Centre includes a permit to fish for trout.


Brown trout bank permits for the loch from Kenmore Post Office, call 01887 830765. Google Map Reference 56.585815, -4.001826


Brown trout bank permits for the loch from News First, call 01567 820363 Google Map Reference 56.469522, -4.319269

Loch Tay Lodge

Boat and bank permits. Call on 01887 830209.

Loch Tay Highland Lodges

Offers boat hire including fishing permit. Call 01567 820323.

Also James Bayne in Callander 01877 330218


Loch Lubnaig

Salmon, brown trout, char, pike and perch. Permits from James Bayne Fishing Tackle, 76, Main St, Callander, FK17 8BD, call 01877 330218. Google Map Reference 56.268779, -4.286755

Loch Voil

Salmon, brown trout, char, contact James Bayne Fishing Tackle, 76, Main St, Callander, FK17 8BD, call 01877 330218. Google Map Reference 56.347028, -4.423462


Assynt Angling Group

The Assynt Angling Club and 8 local landowner have joined together to offer access to 150 lochs in the area including 20 with boats. The fishing is for wild brown trout and ferox with 5 lochs offering salmon and sea trout fishing. Trout average 6 to 12 ounces with a few fish over the 4lb mark taken every year. This is fishing in the raw, no stockies. Permits from a number of sources in the area with no extra charge for the salmon and sea trout fishing. For more information log on to www.assyntangling.co.uk Google Map Reference 58.172878, -5.028240

Scourie Hotel

25,000 acres of lochs, hill lochs and rivers to chose from, it will take you some time to explore, some lifetimes! There are 36 boats in different locations plus beats on Loch Stack and Loch More, six beats on the river Doinard with two beats available on application.There is salmon and brown trout fishing on the Duart system with sea trout appearing inrecent years. Char can be taken on Loch Stack and Loch More (you must have a ghillie on Stack because of the dangerous submerged rocks). Salmon from June onwards, mostly grilse. If that's not enough the scenery is awe inspiring. Google Map Reference 58.076508, -4.443443

Loch Shin, Lairg Angling Club

Administers the fishing on the loch which has a good head of wild trout, ferox, char and the occasional salmon. Contact The Croft House, West Shinness, Lairg, Sutherlandshire, IV27 4HN, call 01549 302309. Google Map Reference 58.107604, -4.556753