There are not many sports which combine peaceful surroundings, a chance for some contemplation and also a few thrills. Yes, fishing is one of our favourites, and 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, we've got you covered.
You can now travel short distances of around 5 miles to enjoy the outdoors and exercise in Scotland, to use public spaces for recreational purposes such as sitting to soak up the sun (where possible!), and to meet up with one other household in small numbers. Please remember to maintain physical distancing of 2 metres at all times, both indoors and outdoors.
The following activities are also now possible following the above advice during advice during Phase 1: cycling, fishing, horse riding, golf, walking, hiking and watersports.
Types of fishing
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.
Views from the water
From the River Tweed in the Scottish Borders to Loch Awe in Argyll, you'll find yourself totally immersed in the finest Scottish landscapes. You might even have an entire water course to yourself.
Beginners and groups
Whatever your level or ability, there are many companies that offer lessons for beginners and those looking to brush up on their techniques. Groups are welcome in many fishing areas, where you can learn from friendly ghillies and guides who will happily share some pointers and advise on the prime fishing spots. Why not come and try it with a few friends or the family, and see who can hook the biggest catch?
If you prefer sea fishing then Scotland's long and rugged coastline 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.