The A to Z of Where to Fish for Salmon and Sea Trout in the Lochs of Scotland

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Loch Lomond, Argyll and Bute, Scotland, Great Britain by WF Millar

Its not just the rivers of Scotland that offer great salmon and sea trout fishing. Our lochs (lakes) are equally productive. Fishing Finder where to fish directory for Scotland has listed the key loch venues where you can find excellent fishing. Knowing where to fish on a loch is more important than on a river, lochs are much harder to read so a boat and a local ghillie are essential to help you find the best fishing places and for your own safety because the big lochs can kick up a storm of short frequency waves that can really rock the boat. Finding inflow and outflow rivers on a loch is a dawdle but finding under water reefs or submerged boulder strewn bays where fish might congregate needs local know how saving time and putting you among the fish straight away and off course the last thing you want to do is find the submerged rocks by running into them at full tilt!

Sea trout fishing has taken a knock in recent years but is good to hear that some of the far north lochs like Loch Hope are holding their own. I never had the chance to fish Loch Maree and hope some day that it will recover its former stature and let me cast a line on its hallowed water. I hope you find your hallowed water here on Fishing Finder and have a memorable fishing experience some where in Scotland.


Loch Eck

Salmon, sea trout and brown trout on what was formerly a top sea trout fishing loch. bank and boat fishing available. Permits from the Whistlefield Inn (bank at £5 per day) call 01369 860440 or from the Coylet Hotel, call 01369 840426, who hire boats at £12 per day  without an outboard and £40 with. Google Map Reference 56.083044, -4.993301

Loch Goil

Salmon. sea trout and brown trout fishing, 15th March to 5th October. Permits £15 per day from Purdies in Dunoon, call 01369 703232.


Season permits for Loch Lomond and the river Leven can be had by calling Michael Brady on 0141 781 1545. Google Map Reference 56.076138, -4.588562

Loch Lomond Angling Improvement Association

Have a lease on some of the fishing on the Endrick and Gairloch as well as fishing in the Loch Lomond and the the rivers Leven and the Fruin. Membership applications to the Secretary, Loch Lomond Angling Improvement Association, PO box 3559, Glasgow, G71 7SJ or call 0141 781 1545. Google Map Reference 56.076138, -4.588562

Isle of Harris


System of 9 lochs including Loch Voshimid linked by a river system. Salmon average over 150 and sea trout over 450 per annum, best July, August, September. Contact Amhuinsuidhe Castle Estate on 01859 560200 for further information. Google Map Reference 57.980908, -6.855975


Near Tarbert, mixed fishery salmon, sea trout and good quality brown trout on two lochs linked by the river, fishes best July onwards. Call 01859 502009 for further information. Google Map Reference 55.865117, -5.415521

Isle of Lewis


Now run by Stornoway AC this system of two lochs, Loch Chlachain and Loch Ois and the lower 4 miles of the river Creed is enjoying a resurgence in sea trout returns. Best months July to October, contact 01851 705453 for bookings and information. Google Map Reference 58.201415, -6.489114


Magical spot with a great reputation for summer salmon. Like most west coast waters this system of lochs interlinked by rivers benefits from a spate. The 5 year average is over the 400 mark with fishing best June to October, July being the best month. Fishing is fly only, let by the week (8 rods) staying at Grimerstra Lodge. Call 01851 621358 or email Google Map Reference 58.172622, -6.735352

Loch Langabhat

The head waters of the famous Grimersta, Langabhat (Langavat) holds some good trout, dour but they can reach to over 5lbs with pounders being not uncommon. Worth the effort however it is at the head of avry good salmon river and good numbers of salmon and sea trout can be had. Fishing is encouraged to be with the fly but bait and spinning are allowed.

Scaliscro Lodge have fishing on the west shore and boats. Call 01851 672727. Google Map Reference 58.141539, -6.869373. Aline Estate also have about 4 miles of bank fishing and boats. They also have fishing for salmon on the Langadale, Scladale and Vigadale river, good in a spate. Call 01859 502640. Google Map Reference 58.007541, -6.748672


Loch Insh

Permits from Alvie Estate, boats £18 per day, plus £12 for additional rods, contact Alvie Estate, Kincraig, Kingussie, Inverness-shire, call 01479 810330. Google Map Reference 57.123553, -3.927833

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 contact Mark on 07770 541496. Guiding services are available. Google Map Ref 57.078847 -4.849499

Loch Ness

Bruce Wyne, Drumnadrochit, call 01456 450279. Google Map Reference 57.334200, -4.447769

Inchnacardoch Hotel, call 01320 366258.

Loch Oich

Wild brown trout and salmon, contact Glengarry Castle Hotel, Invergarry on 01809 501254 or Tomdoun Sporting Lodge Hotel. Google Map Reference 57.069688, -4.774222

Loch Quoich

Wild brown trout and char, contact Tomdoun Sporting Lodge, 01809 501254. Google Map Reference 57.069440, -5.288416



A nice little bonus can be had here when fishing the loch for salmon do run up into the loch from the river Nairn but usually at the back end of the season after a good spate. Bank fishing is free, boats can be hired, call 01381 610496 Fax: +44 (0)1381 610481. Google Map Reference 57.069440, -5.288416


Loch Earn

Some salmon, brown trout and ferox to an excellent standard in this beautiful and productive loch, contact Drummond Estate, 01567 8304009. Google Map Reference 56.383735, -4.278995

Loch Faskally

Fish enter the loch from late April into to May and since they pass through the fish counter at Pitlochry Dam you know just how many there are (average 5 - 6000 pa). Boats can be hired by the hour from Pitlochry. Contact Pitlochry Boat Hire on 01796 472919. Google Map Reference 56.706531, -3.751096

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 56.291609, -4.295046

Loch Rannoch

(including Loch Eigheoch on Rannoch Moor) While anglers do not go out fishing for salmon on Rannoch fish are taken every year, a bit of a bonus. Google Map Reference 56.694987, -4.219706

Loch Tay,

This some some excellent salmon fishing to be had on the loch, but a boat is essential. Google Map Reference 56.525965, -4.133283

Loch Tay

Ardeonaig Hote

l, 3 boats available with outboards, call 01567 820400. Google Map Reference 56.495365, -4.164691

Loch Tay Highland Lodge

Boats available for salmon fishing price includes the permit. Call 91567 820323. Google Map Reference 56.494059, -4.251366

Loch Venacher

Salmon, brown trout permits from Trossachs Leisure, call 01877 330011. Google Map Reference 56.221103, -4.306557

Loch Voil

Salmon, brown trout, char, contact Catriona Oldham, Muirlaggan Farm, Balquhider, Scotland, FK19 8PB, call 384219. Google Map Reference 56.221103, -4.306557

Ross and Cromarty

Loch Maree

Once a prolific sea trout fishery the fishing is a shadow of what it once was, a victim of the extensive fish farming in the area. 12.5 miles long and 2.25 miles at its widest. The Loch Maree hotel provides permits for the loch, call 01445 760253 or call  the Kinlochewe Hotel call 01445 760253. Google Map Reference 57.708199, -5.526719

Loch Morar

Brown trout fishing in this very deep loch (deepest in Britain) with the occasional salmon and sea trout, contact 01687 462388 for permits, boats from Loch Morar Boat Hire, 01687 462346 and Morar Hotel 01687 462346. Google Map Reference 56.951834, -5.700003


Loch Lubnaig

Lubnaig is one of the Trossachs gems holding great stocks of wild fish including brown trout, ferox, char and perch, it also gets a run of salmon and sea trout. At 4 miles long and 700 yards long and up to 40 metres deep the loch is challenging. Day, week and season tickets. You can take your own boat but there is a fee for launching a boat, outboard are limited to 4 hp. Forestry Commission permits are very reasonably priced. Permits from James Bayne tackle shop in Callander, call 01877 330218. Google Map Reference 56.289895, -4.290583

Loch Venachar

Another Trossachs beauty, long (3 miles, narrow (half a mile) deep with brown trout, pike, perch, salmon and sea trout. permits from James Bayne in Callander call 01877 330218. Google Map Reference 56.222726 -4.299195

Loch Voil

At 3 miles long Loch Voil is another great Trossachs venue holding quality wild brown trout plus char, ferox. It also get a few salmon and sea trout. Permits are limited but there is bank and boat fishing. Permits from James Bayne tackle shop in Callander, call 01877 330218. Google Map Reference 56.347976, -4.419659


Loch Assynt

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 cost from approx £5 per day with no extra charge for the salmon and sea trout fishing. For more information log on to Google Map Reference 58.174055, -5.039226

Loch Brora

Salmon, sea trout and trout fishing on Loch Brora, call 01408 621373. Google Map Reference 58.053074, -3.956932

Loch Hope, Sutherland.

Loch Hope

Loch Hope remains a quality sea trout fishing venue having managed to survive the ravages of the West Highlands caused by fish farming. The 10 year average is 711 fish to the 10lb mark. Google Map Reference 58.455153, -4.633379

CKD Galbraiths

Have some boats on Hope but by far the best bargain is to be had from Lairg Angling Club. They have boats in the Middle Bay (most of Galbraith's are at the less productive North End). You also save about £20!! Polson McNeil on 01549 402309 for details on the club fishing and boats.

Heather Gow

Has a boat at the South End. This end is split into three rotating beats - get beat 1 if you can, it's never disappointing. Contact Gow Sport on 01307 462437. For further details on the fishing

Loch More

See Scourie Hotel. Google Map Reference 58.301757, -4.884624

Loch Naver

Park House Sporting, 1 boat available, call 01549 402208. Altnaharra Hotel has fishing on Loch Naver, call 01549 411222. Google Map Reference 58.295718, -4.363229

Loch Reay

Reay Forest Estate, fishing for salmon and sea trout, contact Estate office, Achfary, By Lairg, Sutherland, IV27 4OQ, call 01971 500248.

Loch Sheil

Boat only for salmon and sea trout and brown trout, contact Ian on 07900 387150 for guided fishing on this very large loch. the Glenfinnan Hotel has a boat free of charge to guests, call 01397 722235. Boats from D MacAuley, Dailea Farm, Acharacle call 01967 431253 or Mrs Dunan, Langal Farm call 01769 431229. Google Map Reference 56.792558, -5.586036

Rhiconich Hotel Fishing

Fishing for salmon, sea trout and brown trout in 11 surrounding lochs. Loch Gharbet and Skerricha for salmon and sea trout, June to September with July the best month. Contact 01971 521224. Rhiconich Hotel, Rhiconich, Sutherland, IV27 4 RN. Google Map Reference 58.424973, -4.989229

Sandwood Loch

I am still looking for information about Sandwood Loch. I fished it many years ago and saw several good sea trout but I fear it has suffered the same fate as other west coast lochs. Can anyone help with this entry because to loch is so beautiful it is worth a visit just for the scenery. Google Map Reference 58.531722, -5.046310

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 are salmon and brown trout fishing on the Duart system with sea trout appearing in  recent years. Char can be taken on Loch Stack and Loch More (you must have a ghillie on Stack because of dangerous submerged rocks). Salmon from June onwards, mostly grilse. If that's not enough the scenery is awe inspiring. Google Map Reference 58.076485, -4.443443

Loch Stack

See Scourie Hotel. Google Map Reference 58.335250, -4.913464