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Lothian & Borders

River Almond

Salmon, sea trout & brown trout allow the perfect opportunity for rod fishing along the banks of the River Almond to its mouth by Cramond village. The river is very easily accessible from Edinburgh and lies just to the east of the airport. The rights to fishing this stretch of river are let to Cramond Angling Club.

The Cramond Angling Club has 4 beats, 8 miles of (mostly) double bank fishing for Season Ticket and Day Tickets on the River Almond between just south of Newbridge and Cramond. There is good access to most parts of the river. For those who travel with public transport, getting to the river  by Barnton/Cramond is not difficult at all, as bus routes are just minutes away. Service 41 operated by Lothian Buses runs from the South West of Edinburgh via city centre down to Cramond, 

Main species are Brown Trout and Sea Trout. Salmon have also been caught although in a very small number.

Day Permit Available from

  • Barnton Post Office, 199 Whitehouse Road, Edinburgh, EH4 6BU Tel: 0131 339 1236 
  • Edinburgh Angling Centre Unit E Granton Retail Park, 65 West Harbour Road, Edinburgh EH5 1PW Tel No: 0131 202 6351

Prices for permits:-

All Spcies                             Season               Day
Adult                                    £38.00             £10.00
Senior Citizen (over 65)      £28.00             £5.00
Student (full time)               £15.00             £5.00
Child (under 16)                  £5.00               £2.00

Border Esk

The Border Esk is one of the best sea trout rivers in southern Scotland. 

Much of the available fishing on the Border Esk and Liddle extending to some twenty miles, is owned by the Buccleuch Estates and now leased by the Border Esk and Liddel Fishing Club, with much of the fishing available to both local and visiting anglers on a day, weekly or season permit.

Formed in 2011, The Border Esk and Liddel Angling Club exists to promote the interests of members and visitors alike. A not for profit organisation, the club actively seeks to protect and develop the Border Esk and Liddel Water.

Flowing through beautiful countryside with much of the bankside wooded with native hardwoods anglers have access to four beats. Border Esk; Canonbie 4 miles double bank; Langholm 4 miles mixed double & single bank. River Liddel; Lower Liddel 6 miles single bank , Newcastleton 4 miles single & double bank. With 18 miles of water to choose from, you can normally expect the rivers to be generally fast flowing and with beds of rock outcrop or pebble shingle with no natural weed growth. With the exception of high water, the Esk is normally ‘Gin Clear’ and although the Liddel often carries a peat stain this does not have an adverse effect on the fishing.

Tickets can be purchased locally from:

Ian Jardine, 4 Surrone Road, Gretna. DG16 5AL

Canonbie Post Office (half day closing Wednesday and Saturday) – 01387 371201

Stevenson & Johnstone, 28 High Street, Langholm – 01387 380248 (office hours)

Cross Keys Hotel, Canonbie – 013873 71010

Eskdale Hotel, Langholm – 013873 81178

Copshaw Kitchen, Newcastleton – 013873 75250

Or through FishPal.

Season      £50.00
Weekly     £30.00
Daily        £12.00