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Allan Water

 The river Allan is managed by the Allan Water Angling Association

The Association offers around 15miles of brown trout, sea trout, and salmon fishing much of which is double bank fishing.  Both daily and full annual membership permits are readily available. Full annual members may fish all the waters controlled by the Association

For angling purposes the river can best be considered in three parts. The more sedate waters  between Greenloaning and Ashfield,   the much more broken water from that point downstream to Dunblane, and the section through Bridge of Allan to the tidal waters. There is a wide variety of fishing available from the long slow pools of the upper river for the dry fly fisherman to  the faster streams of the lower river for the wet fly exponent. The Association offers around 15miles of brown trout, sea trout, and salmon fishing much of which is double bank fishing.  Both daily and full annual membership permits are readily available. Full annual members may fish all the waters controlled by the Association


The upper section at Greenloaning is right bank fishing only and is reserved for full annual members only.  The remainder of this upper section from Muckle Burn  downstream to the pumphouse streams at Ashfield is available to both full members and daily permit holders. This beat is primarily double bank fishing and offers a mixture of deep pools and gravel runs. The only named Salmon pool on this beat is Johnstones Hole downstream of Kinbuck and is seldom without a good fish to be seen. The river drops only 14 feet over the section and is much more meandering and sedate. It is also in this beat that migratory fish lie after negotiating Ashfield dam and there is the opportunity for sea trout and salmon for most of the year with salmon becoming more prolific as the season wears on. It is excellent dry fly water throughout its length yielding trout up to 3 pounds. Parking is limited and reaching the furthest  out parts of this beat is by foot only and is a fairly long walk. Walking however is fairly easy even for more elderly anglers.  


Fishing begins in the Ashfield to Dunblane section about 300 m downstream of Ashfield dam. The water from here until the river reaches a tidal section at Bridge of Allan is much more broken falling over a number of sandstone shelves and ledges forming distinct pools. There are a number of the named pools of which hold salmon and sea trout when water conditions are right. Keepers pool and Hawks Craig at Ashfield are always favourites and further downstream by Barbush Hole, Tumblers pool, Water Cut and Landslide pools all provide very attractive fishing.  The terrain is varied but for those willing to walk some distance there are good pools all the way down to Dunblane.  Access   is for the most part by foot only and   care needs to be taken on the narrow footpaths and steep banks and fishing can sometimes be challenging, but very worthwhile. 

River Forth

The River Forth (Gaelic: Uisge For or Abhainn Dhubh, meaning "black river"), 47 km (29 miles) long, is the major river draining the eastern part of the central belt of Scotland.

The Forth rises in Loch Ard in the Trossachs, a mountainous area some 30 km (19 miles) west of Stirling. It flows roughly eastward, through Aberfoyle, joining with the Duchray Water and Kelty Water, and out over the flat expanse of the Flanders Moss.

It is then joined by the River Teith (which itself drains Loch Venachar, Loch Lubnaig, Loch Katrine, and Loch Voil) and the River Allan, before meandering through the ancient city of Stirling.

At Stirling the river widens and becomes tidal, and it is here that the last (seasonal) ford of the river exists. From Stirling, the Forth flows east over the Carse of Stirling and past the towns of Cambus (where it is joined by the river Devon), Alloa and Airth. Upon reaching Kincardine the river begins to widen into an estuary, the Firth of Forth.

Popular permit prices offering residents and visitors to Stirling some of the best value salmon fishing in the UK 

Stirling Council Fisheries offer anglers spring fishing, sea trout fishing, summer fishing and back end fishing all on the one permit. The single permit covers both the Rivers Teith and Forth while removing the divide between visitor and resident.

Anglers can fish for nine months for just £200, while youths aged 12 to 21 can now fish the whole season for only £15. Up to the age of 12 youths are welcome to fish for free with a paying adult on a catch and release basis. Permits available from: -

Customer First
1-5 Port Street
Stirling, FK8 2EJ

Tel: 01786 404040

Angling Active
Stirling Agricultural Centre
Stirling, FK9 4RN

Tel: 01786 430400

James Bayne and Co.
76 Main Street,
Callander, FK17 8BD

Tel: 01877 330218

Visitors Require

  • 2 passport photographs and
  • 1 address verification which requires to be supported by photographic verification eg. passport or driving licence.

Permits can be paid for by means of credit/debit card or cash. Permits are available from Customer First, Angling Active, James Bayne Tackle and online from FishPal (card only).

River Teith

The River Teith is a branch of the River Forth in Scotland. Originating in Callander it is joined by the River Leny and the Eas Ghobain it flows through Deanston and Doune before joining the Forth near Stirling.

The Teith is renowned for its fishing and for the splendid arched bridge ½ mile southwest of Doune.

Confluence of Ardoch with Teith, 3 km downstream from Doune

Fishing permits are available as per the River Forth