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Assynt Crofters' Trust

North Assynt Estate
IV27 4JE

Tel: 01571 855298


The Assynt Crofters' Trust is the owner of the North Assynt Estate which consists of some 21,000 acres and includes the Townships of Torbreck, Achmelvich (part), Clachtoll, Stoer, Balchladich, Clashmore/Raffin, Culkein Stoer, Achnacharnin, Clashnessie, Culkein Drumbeg, Drumbeg and Nedd.

The estate boasts some of the finest trout fishing in Sutherland, with some two hundred lochs and lochans.  Many lochs have boats for hire, and both bank fishing and boat permits are available at a number of local outlets as well as from the estate office in Stoer.  

Guided wild brown trout fishing, fly fishing tuition for all ages, tackle hire and ghillie service are also available.

Loch Achonachie Angling Club controls Salmon fishing on the Upper Conon and Upper Blackwater rivers in the Ross-shire Highlands and wild Brown Trout fishing on both of these rivers along with Loch Meig, Loch Achonachie and Loch Scardroy.

Loch Achonachie is over one mile long and up to 400 yards wide. It lies on the River Conon and is impounded as part of the Conon hydro-electric scheme. It is deep in places – particularly on the old river channel running down the north shore. There is a small island in the middle of the old river channel at the west end where the river enters and also a small island in a shallow bay on the south shore. It is largely surrounded by forestry plantation but recently there has been extensive harvesting. 

Salmon from June onwards when the water temperature is high enough to encourage the fish to run through the Borland Lift in Tor Achilty dam, and they will continue to run into September. There is also a good stock of brown trout – some growing to very large size and fish of over 6lbs have been caught. The Club is augmenting the stock with fish of around 1lb each year. 

There is also a natural head of perch with some very large pike which have been recorded well into double figures

Amongst our waters you can also find fine Sea Trout, Arctic Char, Perch and Pike. Details of permit prices and membership costs are available on their website

The season in all our waters extends from 1 April to 30 September inclusive for all species.

Loch Meig is a long, narrow, hydro-electric loch lying on the river Meig and impounded by Curin Dam at the east end. It is two miles long lying east to west and approximately 350 yards wide. It is largely surrounded by forestry plantation though some harvesting of the trees is ongoing. At the west end of the loch it widens out to form a comparatively shallow bay with a depth of around 10 – 12 feet (depending on water levels). 

Predominantly brown trout averaging 1lb in weight but there are bigger fish running into double figures. Loch Achonachie Angling Club which administers the fishing, augment the wild stock with around 800 – 1,000 brown trout every year. These range in size from 1 ½ to 4 lbs.

There is also a natural head of perch, some of which grow onto to a large size of well in excess of 3 lbs.

Salmon and occasional sea trout enter the loch from June onwards but as per Fishery Board rules, these must be returned unharmed.

This is a fly fishing only loch, best tackled from the boat – although good bank fishing can be had on occasion at the west end where the river enters. The west end is generally the most productive area but fish can be found all over the loch – particularly when fishing the margins on a long drift.

Loch Scardroy

Loch Scardroy lies on the course of the River Meig and although it is part of the Conon Hydro-Electric scheme, it is a natural loch with no dam. It is a large body of water over 1.5 miles long, approximately 450 yards at the widest point, and more than 50 metres deep. The surrounding hills to the east and west form a natural wind tunnel and the loch can often be wild and stormy. An outboard motor and drogue would be essential if boat fishing

Predominantly good quality brown trout (of Loch Leven descent) average ¾ lb in weight but there are bigger fish. There are Arctic Char in the depths and ferox trout which feed on them.

Salmon enter the loch from July onwards but as per Fishery Board rules, these must be returned unharmed.

Fly fishing and spinning are allowed on this loch, but no bait fishing whatsoever. There can be good sport from the bank but boat fishing gives the most productive results. Fish can be taken all round the margins where the shelf drops off or next to the weed beds at the top of the loch where the river enters. There are isolated patches of weed in a few of the bays going down the loch also and these hold fish.

Scourie Lochs

Scourie Hotel
Scotland, UK
IV27 4SX

Tel: 01971 502396

This really is the place to come for exciting trout and salmon fishing in Scotland. The Scourie Hotel has fishing available on around 300 lochs and lochans, split into 46 hotel-controlled beats. All of which, with the exception of Loch Stack, More and the River Dionard, are absolutely free to hotel residents staying 3 days or more. Scourie really is Scotland’s Fishing Hotel.

The hotel has fly fishing available on around 300 lochs and lochans, split into 46 hotel-controlled beats. The names of all hotel residents wishing to fish are put onto the fishing roster, known as the Board, in order of arrival at the hotel. Each evening, after dinner, the fishing is allocated according to the order on the Board. 

Guests are free to chose any beats not taken by those above them on the Board. Each day the name at the top of the Board moves to the bottom and everyone else moves up one place. Should you chose not to fish every day, your name will still progress up the Board.

Access To Loch Stack is from the roadside as are some of the hotel brown trout lochs. It is fair to say that most of the better brown trout lochs involve a fair amount of walking, although most of it is fairly easy and along established paths. On average you could expect to walk from three to eight miles in the course of a day’s fishing, although there are beats that will involve less walking and some which require more.