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  • Boat fishing for trout on Loch of Harray in Mainland, Orkney
    Fishing for brown trout on Loch of Harray
  • A fisherman makes a choice of fishing fly from his extensive collection whilst fishing in Loch of Harray on Mainland, Orkney
    Choosing the right fishing fly to get a catch can be a tough choice
  • Fishing boat near Pierowall, Westray, Orkney
    A fishing boat returns to the harbour at Pierowall in Westray, Orkney
  • Sea fishing on a Scapa Flow boat trip, Orkney
    Sea fishing on a Scapa Flow boat trip, Orkney

Orkney’s coastal landscape and position on the edge of the Atlantic Gulf Stream make it the ideal migratory route for a number of fish species. Anglers from all over the world are drawn to the waters in and around Orkney looking for the best catch.

Miles of rugged cliffs, tidal races and isolated islands combine to make Orkney an angler’s paradise. Benefiting from its position on the edge of the Atlantic Gulf Stream, the warm waters around Orkney provide ideal sport for keen fishermen and women.

Sea fishing

There are endless fishing opportunities in Orkney, from the shadow of the Old Man of Hoy, or around the wrecks in Scapa Flow, you won’t be disappointed. For sea anglers after the big game, why not take a challenge in the quest for the huge common skate lurking in the depths of the Flow?

A fine catch of halibut are a real possibility around the headlands bordering the Firth and with cod and ling regularly reaching double figures, Orkney truly offers some superb fishing. Sporting anglers will cherish the hunt for pollock that drift the underwater rock pinnacles and wrecks while tope cruise the sheltered waters of Scapa Flow.

Inland fishing

Orkney has more to offer than sea fishing though. The region’s many easy to access lochs provide some of the finest brown trout fishing in Britain and offer varied conditions. Sea trout may provide satisfying sport for the experienced angler and can be caught from the coast in the shallow sea bays on the east of the Orkney coastline around Mainland, Hoy and Scapa Flow.

The main lochs on Mainland Orkney are Harray, Boardhouse, Hundland, Swannay, Stenness, Skaill and Kirbister. On the smaller isles, you can enjoy a fantastic day of fishing on lochs such as Bea, North and Roos on Sanday, Swartmill on Westray, and Meikle Water on Stronsay.

With so much choice and waters teeming with fish Orkney is an ideal destination for the fishing trip of a lifetime.