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  • Angler fishing in Easter Loch at Uyeasound on the Island of Unst, Shetland
    Angler fishing in Easter Loch at Uyeasound on the Island of Unst, Shetland
  • A fisherman showing his flies at the Loch of Tingwall on Mainland, north of Scalloway
    A fisherman showing his flies at the Loch of Tingwall on Mainland, north of Scalloway
  • A father and son fish at dusk at Gutcher on the Island of Yell, ShetlandGutcher on the Island of Yell
    A father and son fish at dusk at Gutcher on the Island of Yell, Shetland
  • A man fishes on Loch of Tingwall, Mainland, Shetland
    A man fishes on Loch of Tingwall, Mainland, Shetland
  • Anglers fishing from a small boat on Punds Water, Mainland, Shetland
    Anglers fishing from a small boat on Punds Water, Mainland, Shetland

Discover some of the best trout fishing and sea angling in Europe, when you explore the spectacular scenery of Shetland. Whether you’re a solitary angler, form part of a larger group or are simply looking for a tranquil family vacation, this is the place for you.

Loch fishing

For the adventurous trout fisherman, Shetland is a dream come true. A staggering 300 lochs and a supply of hard fighting brown trout will more than keep you busy. While most lochs contain only a natural wild population of fish, the Shetland Anglers’ Association operates a limited restocking programme.

The most popular method of fishing trout on the islands is by fly - spinning is also widely used, but some lochs are designated fly only. There are boats for hire on several of the most popular lochs and you will never be short of friendly advice and help.

Girlsta Loch - Shetland’s largest and deepest loch - is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and is the only loch in Shetland where you can catch Arctic char. The island also has a reputation for exceptional sea trout fishing.

Sea Angling

The deep waters off the Shetland Isles offer incredible sea fishing. Whether you are fishing for mackerel, ling or haddock, or want to take on the bigger challenge of halibut or porbeagle shark, Shetland’s waters are among the most promising and fruitful you'll find.

There are miles of rugged coastline and isolated islands that are ideal for shore fishing. You will often have the shoreline to yourself as most local sea anglers take to the boats. There are a number charter vessels operating from the island which offer fishing at wrecks and deep water reefs at competitive prices.

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