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A river runs by a grassy bank towrds a large red viaduct.
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Read about first-time experiences of salmon fishing on the River Tweed in the Scottish Borders.

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Scotland is one of the world’s top destinations for freshwater and sea angling, with world-class fishing available across the country throughout the year. So if you’re chasing the ‘king of fish’, the Atlantic salmon, or you prefer the hard fighting monster pike or giant common skate, Scotland has you covered.

You will discover a tremendous variety of species when fishing in the hundreds of rivers and lochs around Scotland. From beautiful Highland rivers to secluded island lochs, there are excellent salmon, trout and coarse fishing opportunities in some of the most picturesque areas of the country. You might even have an entire water course to yourself. For information on quality assured fishing, please visit the ASSF website.

Whatever your level or ability, there are many companies that offer lessons for beginners and those looking to brush up on their technique. The friendly ghillies and guides are very experienced and knowledgeable and always happy to give you pointers and advise on the prime fishing spots.

If you prefer sea fishing then Scotland’s long and rugged coast line provides fabulous angling opportunities for both boat and shore anglers. You will also find many quality charters available to take you in search of that next great catch. There are numerous species offshore but the skate, cod and beagle shark fishing off the west coast are a favourite with visitors and locals alike.

Order your Fish Scotland Guide 2015 now or visit our Fish in Scotland website to start planning your break today.

  • A couple fish from a small rowing boat on the calm waters of Loch Lomond
    Fishing on Loch Lomond
  • Close up shot of an angler fishing from a pier on Loch Fyne
    Inveraray Pier on Loch Fyne
  • Close up of a fisherman’s fishing rod and reel by the River Annan
    Fishing on the River Annan
An angler standing in the River Tweed fishing for late season salmon

Where to fish in Scotland

Scotland has a vast selection of places for you to go fishing including the big four salmon rivers - the Dee, Spey, Tay and Tweed.

Man fishes on the River Annan with the town hall in the background

Types of fishing in Scotland

Scotland is home to some of the finest fishing in the world including salmon, trout, coarse and sea fishing. Find out more and plan your fishing trip today.

Close up of an angler's homemade flies at the Sawmill Pool on the River Nith

Tips on fishing in Scotland

Find useful information regarding everything from fishing seasons to obtaining permits and conservation issues.

Coarse fishing on Loch Ken

Fishing holidays in Scotland

Plan a fishing holiday in Scotland with ideas on where to fish, tips and practical information and details on the fishing season.