Venues Suitable for Anglers with Disabilities
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Connon and Loch Achonachie Angling Club
Connon and Loch Achonachie Angling Club and has 2.5 miles of fishing on the upper Conon from below the power station at Loch Luichart to above Loch Achonachie and the upper beat on the Blackwater from above Rogie Falls to Loch na Croic. They also have fishing on loch Achonachie, loch Scardroy and Loch Meig where they have a Wheely Boat. The river fishes best late on in the season. Permits for the dawn to 4pm and or 4pm 'til dusk sessions. The club have been very progressive in providing access to parts of the beat for people with disabilities. Permits from Contin Filling Station, call 01997 421948. Google Map Reference 57.567971, -4.578958 Checked 20/06/18.
Badanloch Estate offer fishing on lochs and the Helmsdale. Fishing for wild brown trout on Loch Rimsdale, Loch Nan Clar, Loch Rimsdale, Loch Coire nam Mang, (which have a good Mayflt hatch in June) Loch Druim a Chliabhain and Loch An Altan Fheanna.
The estate also has a Wheelie boat for hire "HMS Sally".
They also offer trout fishing for 2 rods on the Upper Helmsdale where there are occasional grisle from June onwards.
Call 01431 831232
Google Map Ref 58.266671, -4.050740
Carrick Angling Club
Established in 1894 this club is a real go ahead bunch that built, by voluntary labour, some exceptional access platforms for disabled angler on their stretch of the river Girvan. Carrick AC offers day and week tickets for fishing on this improving river for salmon, sea trout and brown trout. They also have fishing for rainbows on Glendrissaig Reservoir with good facilities for disabled anglers.
The club have a number of beats:
Bargany Beat extending from Nobles Bridge in Girvan to Drumrannie Burn south bank only.
Lower Enoch Beat extending from Drumrannie Burn to Enoch farm bridge south bank and Cochranes Point Pipe to Enoch farm bridge north bank.
Camreggan Beat extends from Killoup Burn to Penwhapple Burn south bank only.
Permit from Dunlop Newspaper Shop, Dalrymple St, Ultimate Anglers at Flushes Car Park and Old St, Garage Old ST, Girvan.
Google Map Reference 55.244889, -4.856735
Mid Nithsdale Angling Association
Mid Nithsdale Angling Association have been very active providing excellent access to fishing on good pool on their stretch of the Nith.
The have build good road access to pools, automatic gates so there is no need to get out of the car to open them, dedicated parking bays, and an accessible hut between beats 1 and 2.
In total they have 3.5 miles of mostly double bank fishing for salmon, sea trout and brown trout, 18 named pools. Any legal method allowed.
For disabled anglers ther are 3 set of parking bays;
Bay 1. 8 spaces at the junction of the rivers Scaur and Nith.
Bay 2. at the Cran Pool, excellent spinning and worm fishing.
Bay 3. At the foot of Mathers.
For permits call Memories Flowers & Gifts in Thornhill 01848 331777 or Pets Larder 01848 330555.
Google Map Ref 55.240537, -3.777013
Snizort Isle of Skye
Information suggest that the lower 3 beats maybe wheelchair accessible.
For permits and further details call hree Esses Ltd, The Hatchery, Skeabost Bridge Tel 01470 532297 or Reception, The Skeabost Country House Hotel Tel 01470 532202.
Google Map Ref 57.451811, -6.302706
Abernethy Angling Association
6 miles of double bank fishing with 15 named pools from Broomhill Bridge tothe Millars Pool just above Boat of Garten bridge. Catch returns in 2006 were some 750 sea trout and 139 salmon, best sea trout 7lbs and best salmon 15lbs. The club have installed wheel chair access to the Nethy Pool with concrete stands. AAIA have merged with the Aviemore Angling Improvement Association and now offer fishing on 4 miles single bank around Aviemore with 16 named pools. There are some impressive returns from this water including a 14.5lb brown trout. Permits from Boat of Garten Post Office or Cairngorm Mountain Sports in Aviemore. Google Map Reference 57.280466, -3.672775 Checked 20/06/188
Disabled access has been very much enhanced on the Tweed by the acquisition of boats specially designed for river fishing.
The following beats have disabled access:
Bottom Beats: Pedwell, Ladykirk, Boathouse and Cann y All at Norham.
Lower Beats: Tillmouth, South Wark, Lower Birgham, Birgham Dub, Sprouston, Upper Hendersyde and Junction.
Middle Tweed: Lower Floors, Upper Floors, Rutherford, Boleside
Contact the Tweed Foundation on 01896 848271 for further details.
5 miles from Jedburgh, 2, 5 acre lochs run by Jedforest AA, rainbows to 10lbs and brown trout, facilities suitable for persons with disabilities. Permits from Taylor Newsagents, High St Jedburgh, (Hass Loch and Teviot BT and Grayling,) Abbey Bridge Cafe (Hass) Permits for salmon fishing can be booked on line on their web site:
Brown Trout, 3 fish limit then C and R..Google Map Reference 55.385009, -2.504224
Fishing for wild and stocked browns, rainbows and blues on a 345 acre loch. Once the biggest reservoir in the world when built between 1797 and 99 (it has matured a bit) it averages just 7 feet in depth. There is a very smart lodge just off the A89 where you can buy permits.
Parking for the disabled is provided, toilets at the lodge.
Fishing methods include fly, bait and spinning. 6 boats available fly fishing only. With 5 miles of bank there is room to roam. Early season they recommend black fritz and tadpoles, June, July sedges. Permits can also be bought at the Lodge, Hillend, Sunny Convenience Store in Caldercruix and from the Airdrie Angling Centre, 3 Forrest St, Airdrie. Google Map Reference 55.866504, -3.963002
Assynt Angling Club / Group
The Assynt Angling Club and 8 local landowner have joined together to offer access to 150 lochs in the area including 20 lochs with boats.
2 boats have minor alterations to suit people with mobility problems.
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. Permits for salmon fishing on the Inver estuary from the Lochinver PO. For more information log on to www.assyntangling.co.uk Google Map Reference 58.173783, -5.035965
One mile south of Colinton, fly only from boats, fly and bait fishing from the bank fishing for browns, rainbows and blues. There is bank fishing for disabled anglers. Call 07341 839378 to book (which is advised). Google Map Reference 55.888243, -3.278994
Near Caldercriux has good access for disabled anglers, a wheelyboat is available on this 345 acre loch run by Airdrie and Dist AA. Permits from the lodge at Hillend, Sunny Convenience StoreMain St Caldercruix, Aidrie Angling Centre,3 Forest St, Airdrie
Google Map Reference 55.887369, -3.865107
Blairgowrie and Rattray Dist AA have 5.5 miles of fishing ont the river Ericht for Salmon, Sea Trout, Brownies and Grayling. offering day, week and season tickets. They also have Fingask Loch, a small loch on the Lunan Burn a mile from Blairgowrie with access for disabled persons, a wheelyboat is available. You need to be a guest of a member to fish the loch though. Permits for the river from local tackle shops, Kate Flemings 01250 873990 or James Crockart and Sons 01250 872056. Google Map Reference 56.571154, -3.361865
8 acres of fishing, boat and bank, parking for disabled persons near the boathouse. Stocked with rainbows and golden trout from 2lb to 15lb with many double figure fish taken each year. There is a resident population of brown trout. Contact Avon Bank Fishing Club, Millhall Reservoir, Old Polmont, Falkirk, Stirlingshire, FK20 0YO, call 01324 714190. Map reference 55.992553, -3.694451
Portree Angling Association
Have a selection of rivers and lochs in west central Skye offering wild brown trout fish and fishing for salmon and sea trout on a number of spate rivers. The lochs are Cuithir Loch, Loch Luiravay, Loch Hasco, Loch Langaig, Loch Fada, Loch Droighinn, Loch Snaesdal, Loch Cleap, Loch Corcasgil, Loch Duhbah-sgoth, Leum na Luirginn, Loch Cleat, Mealt Loch.
Storr Lochs, recommended that you don't bother with the shallow south end (There is wheelie boat on the loch.
,Loch Leathan, Lochan a Bhealach-Bhig, Loch Scamadal. Permits from Island Cycles,The Green, Portee, call 01478 613121. Google Map Reference 57.411497, -6.196715
Carron Valley Reservoir
4 miles long up the three quarters of a mile wide and a 1000 acres of fly only fishing on this highly rated water with wild and stocked brown trout and rainbows. Boat (30 traditional clinker built boats) and bank fishing over 4 miles of bank all at a very reasonable cost.
There are 2 wheelie boats available on the loch. Contact Carron Valley Fishing, Fishing Lodge, Carron Valley, nr Denny, Stirling, FK6 5JL, call 01324 823698. Map reference 56.030671, 4.093227
Lake of Menteith
Located in the Trossachs, fishing on this Scottish lakes is so highly regarded that it a venue for major international fly fishing competitions hosting over 30 competitions each year. Less than an hour from Edinburgh, Glasgow and Perth this 700 acre fishery is a challenge to fish but all thirty boats have outboard motors so getting about shouldn't be too exhausting. Interestingly, when you reach your session bag limit you can fish on catch and release and can keep any fish taken weighing over 5lbs.
A Wheelyboat is available for disabled anglers.
Call 01877 385664 for bookings. Google Map Reference 57.411497, -6.196715
Overlooked by Linlithgow Palace, the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots, this loch has a great deal of charm. There is a wheelieboat available for anglers with disabilities.
They offer a Disabled Angler permit Disabled Badge holder plus 1. For bookings log on to www.fafa-linlithgowloch.org.uk
Call 01506 671753
Google Map Reference 55.980781, -3.601746
Braeside Trout Fishery
2.5 acre fly only fishery at Boddam near Peterhead stocked with rainbow trout, brook trout and brownies, maximum 20 rods. Call 01779 473903. 01466 799410. Google Map Reference 57.464788, -1.805490 (Checked 20/06/18)
Delgatie CastleTrout Fishery
Fishing in a 4 acre loch within the castle grounds for rainbows from 1.8lbs to double figures and resident brown trout. There are made gravel paths in some areas which would be suitable for people with mobility issues. Contact Delgatie Trout Fishery, Turiff, AB53 5TD, call 01888 563479 mobile 07980999006. Google Map Reference 57.544044, -2.412089
Loch Insch Fishery
The fishery was closed and under reconstruction. At this time I cannot find information about it being re-opened other than scheduled for spring 2018.
Forbdes of Kingennie
A fine fishery with 4 trout pools: Burnside stocked fish 2 to 15lbs; Boathouse stoclk with fish 3 to 15lbs; Bankside with fish 2 to 15lbs and Woodside with stockies of about 1.5lbs. Stocked weekly there are a number of fish to 20lbs to be caught - good luck.
Good wheel chair access.
Contact Forbes of Kingennie, Kingennie, Broughty Ferry, Dundee, DD5 3RD, call 01382 350777. Map reference 56.514915, -2.847163
20 acres of fishing in 3 lochs stocked with rainbows, steelhead, blues, brown trout from 2 to 22lbs. There is a coarse fishery too with some sizeable carp, good tench, bream.
A 4 acre bait loch and fly only trout lochs offer something for a range of anglers.
Pathway and casting platforms that may be suitable for people with mobilty issues. Contact Drumgabs, Dalrymple, Ayr, Ayrshire, KA6 6AW, call 01292 560343 / 560300. Google Map Reference 55.401991, -4.575608
Carman Trout Fishery
Near Renton is a reservoir stocked with quality rainbow and brown averaging 3lbs. Open all year the fishery offers fly only fishing from boat and bank with well made paths along the dam wall shore suitable for wheelchair access, there is wheelyboat available. Fly life is good and allows many options from dry to traditional flies, nymphs and buzzers. Call 017801 684578. Google Map Reference 55.973818, -4.601586
Three fishing ponds, 3 acres fly only with disabled access and a 2 acre bait pond also with good access for disabled person. Stocked daily with fish of 2 to 20 lbs. Location 200 yards the Carbeth Inn on the A809. Contact Jim Rankin on 01360 771006. Google Map Reference 55.982737, -4.370456
Glen of Rothes
6 acres of fishing in mainly fly only water (one bait pond) stocked with rainbows, brown trout, steelheads, brook trout and blues, average weight 2lbs. There is a bait loch and a coarse fishery. Facilities for persons with disabilities including disabled toilets and disabled persons can drive up to the wtaers egde.
Contact Glen of Rothes Fishery, Rothes, Morayshire, AB38 7AG, call 01340 831888. Google Map Reference 57.553650, -3.238199
Ledcrieff Loch Fishery
Near Coupar Angus consist of two lochs; Ledcrieff which is stocked with rainbows and brown trout where you can fish fly and bait. The dam wall is suitable for wheelchair users and a casting platform is also reserved for people in wheelchairs.
Lairds Loch which is a specimen loch with rainbows and brown trout from 3lbs upwards, fly only. Call +44(0)7720 194820
.Google Map Reference 56.510235, -3.162478
3.5 acres fishery stocked with rainbows ,browns, blues and tiger trout.
Several platforms (2 of which are suitable for disabled persons) and a good made path. C&R and catch an keep, parent and child tickets avaiable. Contact Burnhouse Fishery, Bonnybridge, Stirlingshire, call 07889603160 or 07885 2615637.
Google Map Reference 55.981645, -3.920650
Near Sauchieburn is one of the top fisheries consisting of 3 ponds, the biggest Swanwater being about 10 acres. The fishery is stocked with fish of 2lbs up to high doubles including rainbows, blues, browns, tigers and golden trout. There are 3 boats for hire and a float tube. You can bring your own float tube too. Parking, toilets and access for disabled persons. Contact Swanswater in 01786 814805. Google Map Reference 56.087217, -3.955769 (Checked 20/06/18)
Wellsfield Trout Fishery
Near Denny on the A872 has an enviable reputation boasting a record rainbow of 30lbs 11ozs. There are 3 lochans totalling 12 acres; Lochan Hearadh (5 acres) and Lochan Uaithne (4 acres) both fly only and Lochan Fionn (3 acres) fly, bait and spinning. Stocked with rainbows, browns, blues, steelheads and tigers with fish ranging from 2lbs to 25lbs!
There are disabled persons fishing platforms and car access.
Call 01322 822800. Google Map Reference 56.044347, -3.915512
Roach to 2lb. Permit price the same as a trout fishing permit. Permits from RT Cycles and Fishing call 01505 682191.
Google Map Reference55.754491, -4.660535
3 lochs fly fishing for trout (6 acres), coarse fishing (3 acres) and a bait loch (4 acres).
The trout lochs for fly fishing are stocked with rainbows, steelhead, blues, tigers and brown trout up to 20lb.
The bait lochs is stocked with smaller fish of 1lb upwards, bait and spinning allowed.
The coarse loch has tench to 8lbs, carp in the 20lb plus range (grass, common, mirror, ghost), perch, rudd and roach to over 3lbs. You must buy your feed pellets at the fishery.
Good access for disabled anglers.
Call 01292 560343 or 07815041883
Google Map Ref 55.405597, -4.583093
Dumfries and Galloway
Top quality day ticket and competion waters near Newbie totalling over 200 acres consiting of 7 lakes / ponds:
Donut: stocked with carp (mirror, common and ghost to 15lbs), Ide, bream also some roach, tench and perch.
Bruces' Acre; Stocked with carp, chub, bream and barbel with numbers of roach, perch and gudgeon.
Canal: carp to 15lb, bream, ide, chub plus some perch, tench, gudgeon and roach.
Queensberry: a popular competition lake, stocked with carp (mirror, common and ghost to 14lbs), bream, tench, Ide, barbel, plus rome roach, perch and gudgeon.
Square: Carp to 15lbs, bream, chub, ide, perch plus some roach, gudgeon, tench and barbel.
Link: Carp, chub, ide, bream and some perch, roach and tench
Wallace: A match only water stocked with carp to 15lbs, ide, skimmers, roach, perch
There is tackle shop on site and a rated camp site.
Contact on 01461 700386 or 07850 157668.
Google Map Ref 54.974104, -3.280468
Dormont Lake Fishery
This 2 acre loch near Dalton near Lockerbie.was special set up to accomodate people with special needs and disabilities. Run by Scottish proanglers the provide support for kids and schools. All fully qualified to do so.
There are 20 piers designed for people with disabilities. The loch holds roach, rudd, perch, tench, some carp and bream, call 07952 545883.
Google Map Reference 55.064990, -3.396937
Glendarroch Loch near Kirkcowan, tench, carp, crucians, roach, rudd, pike, perch,skimmers in shallow gin clear water, challenging but good fishing among weed beds. Limited disabled access. Call 01671 401333.
Google Map Ref 54.921399, -4.637718
Whitefield Loch a 60 acre loch with pike and perch with some good roach. New platforms and good disabled access. Call 01581 300697
Google Map Ref 54.857512, -4.750709 (parking here close to the loch with made path and fishing platforms.
A 12 acre loch just of Hyndford Road near the Lanark racecourse, some very large carp plus bream, big roach, rudd, tench and perch. Now with the Scottish Carp Group who have stocked with several hundred quality carp.
Day permits from:
D & A Weir (The Paper Shop), in Lanark call 01555 661956
South Lanarkshire Lifestyles,Lanark , call 01555 666800
There are made paths around a large part of the loch, parking nearby and toilets. Would be suitable for disabled anglers.
Google Map Reference 55.669247, -3.750469
The park is located near Motherwell off the M74 and then A723. A sizeable loch with good facilities. It is an amenity facility with parking, toilets, good made paths around the edge which will provide some good access for anglers with disabilities. Roach, bream, perch, gudgeon, carp, tench.
Permits from the rangers office include a nearby stretch of the River Clyde, call 01698 402060.
Google Map Reference 55.785285, -4.014890
The loch is in Holyrood Park in the heart of Edinburgh tucked in behind Arthurs Seat. There are serious carp in Duddingston Loch (Scottish record standard) as well as perch and roach. Free to fish in designated areas but a permit must be obtained from the park ranger office, this is a bird sanctuary (no lead weights to be used and please do not discard fishing line, take it away and dispose of it safely). There is an area set aside exclusively for disabled anglers.
Google Map Reference 55.939843, -3.150901
Not far from Glasgow city centre the loch in the Seven Lochs Wetland Park offers free fishing for very big carp (Scottish record big), perch, roach, pike and bream.
With tarmaced pathways around the loch it would be suitable for disabled anglers.
While it is free you need to get a permit, call 0141 2875167.
Google Map Ref 55.879585, -4.174196