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River Ayr

Ayrshire’s largest river rises at Glenbuck Reservoir on the boundary of Ayrshire and Lanarkshire and flows westwards 63 kilometres to its estuary at Ayr on the Firth of Clyde.It has a catchment area of 574 sq. kilometres and its principal tributaries include the Greenock Water, Lugar Water, Water of Fail and Water of Coyle.

The Ayr AA, Craigie  have salmon fishing on the Craigie stretch of the River Ayr. Cost is £10 per day £25 weekly or £40 all season and can be purchased from Gamesport Sandgate Ayr.

Ayr Angling Club permits are £76 + £10 joining fee. also purchase from Gamesport which gives you access to Loch Bradan, Loch Shankston & Loch Snipe. The River Ayr Nethermills, Overmills & Gadgirth.

Fishing Season

Salmon & sea trout season:
11th February to 31st October

Brown trout season:
15th March to 6th October

River Doon

The head waters of the River Doon are the burns and streams feeding Loch Doon from the north edge of the Galloway Forest Park. The river is just over 63 kilometres long (including the Loch) and flows north west close to the town of Dalmellington, through the villages of Patna and Dalrymple before entering the Firth of Clyde just south of Ayr.

The River Doon District Salmon Fishery Board manages the protection, enhancement and conservation of the Atlantic salmon and sea trout stocks in the River Doon. It also has a duty to ensure the general protection and enhancement of the fishery.

Contact Details

Clerk to the River Doon DSFB

Austin Thomson

Office Address:

River Doon DSFB, c/o Frazer Coogans Solicitors, 46 Dalblair Road,  Ayr KA7 1QU

Telephone:  01292 280499 Email: 

River Girvan

The Carrick Angling Club offers more than 3 miles of river fishing on the river Girvan, from Old Dailly all the way downstream to Newton Kennedy bridge at Nobles boat yard in Girvan. We have single bank fishing and double bank fishing, for salmon, sea trout and wild brown trout. Part of the river bank has wheelchair access.

The club  also have a well stocked reservoir with rainbow trout and blue trout, fly fishing only, to suit all anglers needs.

Annual Membership (river and reservoir)

  • Adult: £75
  • Seniors: £60
  • Juniors (under 16): £20
New Adult Member (Non Carrick residents) Joining Fee:
£20 (+permit cost of £75.00) .

PLUS! Members can also name a child under 16 on their ticket who can fish for FREE when accompanied by the member.

Day fishing permits can be bought from:
Dunlop's paper shop in Dalrymple Street, Girvan
Ultimate Angler at 22 Bridge Street, Girvan.
Old Street Garage, 23-25 Old St, Girvan KA26 9HG

River Stinchar

The River Stinchar has its headwaters in the Carrick Forest to the north of the Galloway Forest Park, only one kilometre from the source of the River Girvan. It has a main drainage course of 54km and initially flows north but for the majority of its length flows south-west via Barr, Pinwherry and Colmonell, finally entering the sea at Ballantrae.

The river has a catchment area of 314 sq km, which includes the main tributaries of the Muck Water, the Duisk River, Water of Assel and the Water of Tig

Fishing Season
Salmon & sea trout season:
25th February to 31st October

Brown trout season:
15th March to 6th October

Contact Details

Clerk To The Board

Mr Austin Thomson
46 Dalblair Road

Tel: 01292 272603