The Scottish Highlands, a salmon fishing haven!
The Scottish Highlands boasts some of the most breath-taking scenery and salmon fishing in the country. It’s dramatic mountains, coupled with fast flowing rivers and rugged coastline make it a stunning backdrop to any salmon fishing holiday in Scotland. There are a multitude of prolific salmon rivers in the Scottish Highlands for the visiting salmon angler to choose from. From the famous rivers in the north, like the Thurso, Naver and Helmsdale to smaller less well-known rivers like the Alness, Conon and Findhorn, there really is a river to suit every taste.
A beautiful intimate Highland river.
These rivers all enjoy good runs of summer salmon and grilse, which usually peak in July and August. Many of the rivers are spate rivers and so fishing after there has been a lift in water can be highly productive. The rivers in the Highlands are much smaller in size compared to their more illustrious counterparts further south like the Tay and Tweed; but don’t let size fool you, as they can be just as productive on their day. The rivers in the Highlands offer a quite different challenge to the angler. Many of the rivers in the region can be adequately covered with a single-handed fly rod and often stealth is the key. If water levels are good sport can be fast and furious and large catches can be made.
Peace and tranquillity in the Highlands.
Another feature of the fishing in the Highlands that brings visiting anglers back year after year, is the peace and tranquillity of the surroundings. Often, anglers are fishing on the back drop of a beautiful landscape, with Red Deer roaming on the mountains and Golden Eagles soaring high above them. With some of the rivers being so remote, you probably won’t see another person during your day’s fishing let alone another angler. Whilst salmon fishing in the Scottish Highlands you are truly in the wild and at one with nature.
It is not just excellent salmon fishing that the Scottish Highlands has to offer. There are also hundreds of hill lochs located in the mountains which offer some excellent trout fishing. These lochs are set in some of the most dramatic locations, allowing the visiting angler to fish for Wild Brown Trout, whilst soaking up some of the most magical scenery in the country. Trout fishing in the Scottish Highlands is a truly special experience.
A beautiful Scottish hill loch.
Each year thousands of people visit the Scottish Highlands, not only to fish but also to experience many of the other attractions. There are miles and miles of gorgeous deserted, golden sandy beaches to explore. For golf fanatics, there are several world-famous Championship Golf Courses including Royal Dornoch and Nairn. Don’t forget to investigate what mysteries lurk underneath the world’s most famous loch, Loch Ness.
What mysteries lurk beneath the waters of Loch Ness?
You can also climb Britain’s Highest mountain, Ben Nevis. For those who prefer a more gentile pastime, whilst on holiday, why not immerse yourself in the rich history of the Scottish Highlands and visit one of the many famous Castles or Battlefields? Always leave enough time to visit the vast array of world famous whisky distilleries that adorn the landscape and make sure you enjoy that wee dram!
A beautiful salmon caught in the Scottish Highlands.
It is easy to see why the Scottish Highlands is a top destination for holidaymakers from all over the world. If you couple this with the excellent salmon fishing opportunities the region has to offer, it quickly becomes apparent why the Scottish Highlands is a “must visit” destination!