Self-catering fishing holiday in Scotland.
A fishing holiday in Scotland is the ultimate for many fishermen, and it is perhaps the most tranquil of all fishing spots on the globe. Whether a seasoned fisherman, or a weekend sportsman (or woman), you will surely be seduced by the breathtaking, yet unruffled serenity of the Scottish lochs, streams, and ethereal beauty of its landscapes. But before you book your tickets, consider what you will require to make this a lifetime fishing experience. Firstly, you will need somewhere to stay. There are many hotels, cottages, and self-catering establishments to choose from near all the major Scottish rivers - providing a choice for your fishing holiday, ranging from luxury 5 star to cheaper accommodation.
Editors choice Scottish self-catering fishing lodges
A warm and very comfortable cottage overlooking the Cromarty Firth with great walks and mountain bike trails from the doorstep. Excellent location for golfers, fisherman, distillery aficionados and those who would like to explore the North Highlands. There are galleries, potteries and beaches a short drive away or stay at home and enjoy the garden and the beautiful view from the deck.View property details
Weiroch Lodge has the feel of a welcoming, traditional Scottish sporting lodge with Salmon and trout fishing very close by. Offered primarily as a self-catering property catering is available on request. Its position in the heart of Highland Speyside makes it the perfect base for touring the Malt Whisky Trail and the scenic Cairngorms National Park - you can visit a Highland Gathering and some of Scotland's most famous castles.View fishing lodge details
Westlodge Cottage is the former lodge house of Swordale Castle, just over 2 miles from the village of Evanton with views across Cromarty Firth. It is a warm and comfortable house with every modern facility from a two oven range cooker to a large walk in shower and a contemporary roll top bath. Sleeping 8 it is perfect for two families or a group of people looking for a home from home for a relaxing holiday. For in house entertainment there is a pizza oven in the garden. Day trips to Loch Ness with Urquhart Castle, Fort Augustus: Caledonian Canal, Fort William, Dornie, Eilean Donan Castle, Glenfinnan Monument, Dunrobin Castle, Dunscaby Head and John O'Groats, Fort George, Elgin.View property details
This spacious house is perfect for a get-together with family or friends - with the River Spey on the doorstep - superb for a fishing holiday. Situated on the edge of the village and within walking distance of a top whisky bar, restaurants and a distillery; yet has stunning views over the surrounding countryside. It's in the heart of The Malt Whisky Trail so there are many distilleries nearby to visit as well as great walking on The Speyside Way.View property details
Frynish House is set on a thriving highland estate which extends to 20,000 acres. Formerly the dower house, it offers very comfortable and stylish accommodation for up to 12. The area has a rich heritage and there are castles and whisky distilleries to visit and explore. For those keen to be outdoors this is the perfect place to enjoy walking, cycling, golf and a wide range of sporting and country pursuits.View property details
Coul House has been fully refurbished to provide luxury accommodation for up to 12 people in the beautiful glen of Strathconon, a central location to the West, and North Coasts. Set in its own garden with fabulous views, the house is an ideal location for exploring the northern Highlands. There are great opportunities for enjoying the outdoors and shooting, stalking and fishing can all be arranged in the surrounding area. When you return from an active day out on the hills Coul House is the perfect place to relax and unwind - drying room and boot room, roll top baths and comfortable sofas in front of a large log fire.View property details
Luxury highland holiday home with sensational views over Loch Tay. Situated on a small highland estate, guests can enjoy secluded forest walks in ancient woodland and trout fishing on Loch Tay. There are watersports and sailing on Loch Tay, castles, gardens and distilleries to visit or go on a Highland safari to spot the fantastic bird and wildlife that abounds in the area. Come back to a roaring wood-burning stove after a day on the hills and relax in this gorgeous house!View property details
For salmon fishing, within casting distance of Glasgow, for example you might choose fishing accommodation in Ayrshire, with four salmon-fishing rivers: the Ayr and Doon in the north, the Girvan in the central area, and the Stinchar in the south. Fly rods of 14- to 16-feet are about right for such rivers, but smaller ones may be used in the summer months. Fly choice is a very individual thing, so bring plenty of your own with you and have fun experimenting! A lifejacket is almost mandatory, whether wading or boating. Many beats supply the jackets on site, so lugging one around in your luggage may not be at all necessary. A sturdy wading stick is also needed, so make sure it is weighted and has a rubber end to reduce noise levels underwater.
Fish for sea trout, wild trout or stocked trout
You may prefer to fish for sea trout, wild trout or stocked trout - which are mostly rainbows. There is also the famous brown trout to be had in Loch Leven, south of Perth. Grayling are caught in the summer months on a dry fly, and the best rivers for these are the Tay, Nith, Clyde, Annan and Ayr, as well as the Tweed and Teviot. There are tiny highland lochs which can offer exciting wild trout fishing too. The choice of holiday cottages for a fishing holiday is huge - many have open fires which is lovely to return to after a day on the river or loch. There are also large holiday houses suitable for big fishing parties - and some can be catered too if you don't want to do self-catering on your fishing holiday.
Fly fishing lessons in Scotland
Fly fishing lessons are available from beginners' level to advanced casting, including Roll and Spey casting. The River Tay, the Spey and the Deveron are some of the top salmon rivers and fishing them offers an experience of tranquility to compare with heaven itself. The rivers in Caithness and Sutherland offer some of the finest wild trout and salmon fishing in the UK and are an amazing place for a Scottish fishing holiday.