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South-East Sutherland

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South-East Sutherland

Sutherland is famed for its wide expanses of wilderness, stunning scenery and myriad of lochs and rivers welcoming the game angler. This south-east corner is the least remote part, much of it within an hour or so drive of Inverness, but nevertheless, there is some excellent salmon and trout fishing to be had.

The best and most easily accessed of the trout lochs in this area lie in a broad belt running north-south from Beannach, about 4 miles north of Lairg, past Loch Craggie, down to Loch Migdale at Bonar Bridge, so it means a short diversion inland from the North Coast 500 route, but well worth a visit. There are also additional lochs in the foothills along the coast from Dornoch to Brora, closer to the NC500. Many of these lochs benefit from a mayfly hatch, typically for a month or so from early June.

The local angling clubs (Lairg, Kyle of Sutherland and Dornoch) have boats on most lochs, offering permits from local outlets, with the exception of Loch Migdale, which is privately managed. There is a variety of trout fishing on offer suiting the most discerning fly fishers to family holidaymakers.

Loch Craggie

troutquest excursion - wild brown trout fishing on loch craggie, sutherland

Loch Craggie

Craggie is recognised as the cream of the lochs in this area, indeed one of the best in the Highlands. It is famous for both its mayfly hatch and the quality of its trout.  Brown trout average around the 1lb mark, with many better fish in the 2-3lbs range caught each season. The loch is about ¾ mile in length, and fishing is by boat only with only electric motors permitted.

Loch Craggie lies above Lairg at an elevation of 545 ft (166m) and is accessed via a forestry track, as are the nearby lochs of Dola and Tigh-na-Creige, which also offer excellent fishing. The average trout size on these lochs is a little smaller, around the ¾lb mark, with occasional fish up to 2lbs.

Loch Beannach
Loch Beannach lies within the same block of forestry as Craggie, about 2 miles further north. The loch lies at 617 ft (188m), and both boat fishing (with electric motors) and bank fishing are permitted. The loch has a good stock of healthy fish averaging around ¾lb in weight.

Loch Buidhe
Loch Buidhe is a sizeable hill loch, 1¼ miles in length lying at 538 ft in the hills above Bonar Bridge. Buidhe is the most easily accessed of all the smaller lochs in the area with roadside access. The loch reaches depths of 30-35ft and both boat and bank fishing are permitted. Trout can be caught all over the loch and average ½lb, with occasional fish caught to 1lb.

troutquest excursion - wild brown trout fishing on loch buidhe, sutherland

Loch Buidhe

Loch Cracail Mor
Cracail Mor is a remote hill loch lying at an altitude of 614 ft (187m). It lies approximately 3.2 miles north of the Bonar Bridge-Loch Fleet road. A 4x4 vehicle will get you to an old croft at Garvary, but there is no option other than to walk the last 1.5 miles to reach the loch. For those that do, Cracail Mor lies in a spectacular setting, and holds good quality trout averaging ¾lb, but reaching 2lbs and more.

Loch Lannsaidh
Lannsaidh is another hill loch lying at an elevation of 515ft (157m) above Dornoch. The loch is managed by the Dornoch Angling Club who stock in with rainbow trout, typically in the 1-2lb range. There is also a head of wild brown trout averaging three to the pound.  Access is via a gravel vehicle track, which also continues up to Laiogh, which can be negotiated by most saloon cars.

troutquest excursion - wild brown trout fishing on loch lannsaidh, sutherland

Loch Lannsaidh

Loch Laiogh
Loch Laiogh is a beautiful hill loch, situated in a remote setting lying at an altitude of 748ft (228m) above Dornoch. Its west end can be reached by a continuation of the Lannsaidh track, which is suitable for most saloon cars, but a 4x4 vehicle is required to reach the east end via a separate track, where the club’s boat is moored. Laiogh has a natural head of native wild brown trout averaging ½lb, as well as larger hatchery reared browns stocked by the club.

Loch Migdale

Loch Migdale is a large picturesque, low lying loch situated behind the village of Bonar Bridge at an elevation of just 118ft (36m) above sea level. The loch runs broadly east-west for a total length of 1.8 miles (2.9 km), and although it reaches depths of up to 50ft (15m), much of it has a depth of 10ft or less.

Trout average ¾ lbs is size, but better fish are fairly common and typically, there are a handful of specimen fish in the 2 to 3lbs range caught each season.

troutquest excursion - wild brown trout fishing on loch migdale, sutherland

Loch Migdale

Migdale is rich in natural food throughout the season, though the highlight is the mayfly hatch which peaks in June. For further information on fishing this loch, visit our web page dedicated to Loch Migdale here.

 

Craggie Brownie
Craggie Brownie
Loch Buidhe
Loch Buidhe
Loch Buidhe
Loch Buidhe
Loch Lannsaidh
Loch Lannsaidh
Lannsaidh 'Broon'
Lannsaidh 'Broon'
Loch Laiogh
Loch Laiogh

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PERMITS

Dornoch Angling Club
Salmon & sea trout fishing by boat on Loch Brora. Boat and bank fishing for brown trout on Lochs Lannsaidh (also stocked with rainbow trout), Laiogh, Buidhe, Laggan, Laro and Cracail Mor.

Web: www.spanglefish.com/ddaa

Permits are available from the Eagle Hotel, Castle Street, Dornoch, Tel: 01862 810008.

Kyle of Sutherland Angling Association
Salmon & sea trout fishing on the Kyle of Sutherland. Boat and bank fishing on Lochs Buidhe, Laggan, Laro and Cracail Mor.

Web: www.kosaa.co.uk

KOSAA permits are avaIlable from Ardgay Store & Cafe, Tel: 01863 766801. 

Lairg Angling Club
Salmon & brown trout fishing and boat hire on Loch Shin. Wild brown trout fishing by boat on Loch Craggie, Loch Beannach, Loch Dola & Loch Tigh-na-Creige.

Web: www.lairg-angling-club.co.uk/

Boat hire for Loch Shin from Robert McQueen on 01549 402980.

Permits for Lochs Beannach and Craggie are available from Dunroamin Caravan Park, Lairg. Tel 01549 402447

Fish Migdale
Boats & engines to hire on Loch Migdale from Rob Jones.

Tel: 01863 766242

TroutQuest
Boat hire on Loch Migdale, optional guiding service.

Web: www.troutquest.com

Tel: 01349 830606