Guided Fly Fishing & Excursions

No matter how experienced you are, nothing can replace 'local knowledge' and we can provide professional guiding and ghillie services on all of the waters that we fish to optimise your opportunity to catch fish.

Day Excursions
For experienced fly fishers visiting the area, we offer full day guided excursions locally to fish for trout or salmon. If you are staying nearby, we can collect you from your accommodation, and take you out for an exciting day of guided trout or salmon fishing.

All of our local trout waters in Easter Ross are detailed in the Trout Fishing section and are easily fished in a day excursion. All trout lochs where we have our own boats, and most of the other lochs and rivers where we have private arrangements to fish, lie within the area marked in pink on the map below. In addition we commonly also use various lochs in South-East Sutherland, Strathconon and Strathglass for day excursions.

For salmon fishing excursions in the summer we are focussed primarily on the River Alness, but in spring months, we often visit other local rivers, including the Conon, Beauly, Carron, Ness and Moriston.


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Caithness Trout Loch

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Salmon Fishing, River Ness

Overnight and Multi-Night Excursions
For the passionate and discerning trout fisherman determined to fish the very best wild brown trout lochs that mainland Britain has to offer, we can take you by 4-wheel drive vehicle on a fly fishing adventure to Wester Ross, Caithness, Sutherland or Orkney lasting from a single night to a full week.

We travel by 4WD vehicle with our own petrol and electric outboard engines and occasionally our own boat & trailer. We stay at the best local hotels or guest houses to ensure your comfort.

map of fly fishing excursion destinations, northern highlands of scotland

This map also shows the locations of some of our favourite day trip and excursion destinations. While some can be fished on a day excursion, staying locally overnight significantly increases the amount of fishing time available. The lochs of Assynt can be reached in under 1½ hours, those of Caithness in 1½ to 2 hours and the Durness lochs in 2+ hours. Excursions to Orkney should really be considered for a minimum of 2 nights, as the travel time to/from Evanton is 4-5 hours including the ferry trip.

troutquest map of salmon & trout fishing in ross-shire, caithness and sutherland

Fly Fishing Excursion Destinations in the Northern Highlands


When Things Go Wrong...
Of course not every fishing excursion is successful, even when guided. Atlantic salmon are renowned as being one of the most difficult fish species to catch, as they do not feed when they return to freshwater, so a 'first salmon' is a real achievement. Wild brown trout can also be fickle when conditions are unfavourable, and so even our trout fishing trips offer no certainty of success.

On the other hand, sometimes the gods are smiling and what starts off as guided wild brown trout fishing ends up like this...

river alness brown trout

So Far, So Good


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We are in trouble! We need a bigger net! Who's playing who? On the bank! Rachel's 1st Salmon!

Excursion Videos
This short video from our TroutQuestTV channel on YouTube records a day excursion to the Tomich Lochs in Strathglass:




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