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.
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.
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.