Scotland has over six thousand lochs, ranging from small hill lochs to some of the largest freshwater bodies in the UK, offering a wide variety of fish stocks including salmon, trout, grayling, perch and chubb. There are also hundreds of stillwater fisheries throughout the country and more than a hundred quality salmon and trout rivers ranging from small spate rivers to the world renowned. In addition, Scotland offers sea angling excursions and tranquil bucolic spots where the keen angler can engage in canal and pike fishing.
The fishing in central and west Scotland is extensive with many excellent fisheries, lochs and rivers. Within 40 minutes from Glasgow, an endless selection of deep-sea lochs, secluded coves, upland streams and fresh water lochs are waiting to be discovered. Why not try your hand at fly fishing on Loch Achray, Loch Katrine or Loch Lomond, perhaps even one of the fisheries like Bangour Reservoir or Ardgowan. All of these are within reasonable commuting distance of Glasgow.
As an alternative to fresh water fishing, an excellent variety of locations for sea angling are to be found. In the west, the Clyde Estuary in Inverclyde and across the water at Helensburgh and Kilcreggan offer superb spots. The Ayrshire coast is also a popular destination for sea angling, providing day-long excursions and trips to the Firth of Clyde, from Ailsa Craig to the Isle of Arran and Cumbrae.
Other areas worth a fishing visit include the Borders, in particular the trout and salmon fishing on the Tweed and sea fishing off the rugged eastern coastline. Further north the Lothian region provides superb fishing lochs and the Edinburgh area offers mainly rainbow and brown trout on a variety of still waters. The Tay Estuary provides wonderful sea trout fishing from the shore, first class fly fishing venues in Fife and the finest salmon and trout rivers including the world famous River Tay. The Scottish Highlands and Islands also offer a wealth of salmon and trout rivers, freshwater hill lochs and sea lochs. The River Spey in Grampian is one of the world's finest salmon fishing rivers.
Coarse angling is becoming increasingly popular and Scotland offers plenty of opportunities with a variety of lochs and canals to choose from. For those preferring a spot of sea fishing, there are a number of companies that offer guiding and boat charter for groups or individuals.
Very central and within reasonable traveling distance of most of the country's favourite fishing spots, Glasgow is the ideal base during your fishing trip in Scotland. Some popular locations close to Glasgow are as follows ..
Ardgowan Trout Fishery
Tel: +44 (0) 01475-522492, Daily permits from £15
Linlithgow Loch - Linlithgow, West Lothian
Tel: +44 (0) 1506-844170
Loch Awe Boats - by Dalmally, Argyll
Tel: +44 (0) 1866 833256, Boat hire from £3 per hour
Newmill Trout Fishery, Lanark
Tel. +44 (0) 1555 870730 Daily permits £16
The Trossachs & Loch Lomond National Park
Tel: +44 (0) 1389 722600, Daily permits for adults from £3 to £25