Other Highland Salmon Rivers

There are over a dozen famous salmon rivers draining into the Moray Firth, reachable within an hour's drive from our base in Evanton. Normal practice is that these salmon beats are let by the week, often to guests returning year after year, but we are sometimes able to offer short breaks, and can occasionally get single days for visiting anglers.

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Salmon Rivers of the Moray Firth


Here are a few of our favourites:

River Carron

The River Carron has a catchment of over 150 square miles, flowing from its source near Beinn Dearg in Wester Ross in a North Easterly then Easterly direction to the Kyle of Sutherland at Bonar Bridge. The River Carron is one of 4 rivers draining into the Kyle of Sutherland a unique tidal estuary connected to the Dornoch Firth.

The Carron is a fast flowing medium-sized river producing around 700 salmon & grilse per season. Beats include Braelangwell, Gruinards, Dounie, Cornhill and Gledfield.

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Gledfield, River Carron

River Ness

The River Ness is a wide salmon river running for just 7 miles or so from the outflow from Loch Ness to the Moray Firth. There are 4 private beats below the loch: Dochfour, Laggan, Ness Castle and Ness-side, and the river then continues through the centre of Inverness, where the fishing is controlled by Inverness Angling Club. The Ness system in total typically accounts for over 1000 fish per season, the majority caught on these beats.

This is a big river with a big fish reputation, and has played a significant part in the history of Spey casting, producing several distance world champions.

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Ness Castle, River Ness

River Moriston

The River Moriston is part of the Ness system, flowing into Loch Ness at Invermoriston. Although Glenmoriston Estate own about 12 miles of the river, it is only the the Estuary Beat that is fished, which is less than half a mile in length.

This beat is mainly a spring salmon beat, one of the best in the Highlands, and although it closes in early June, it produces about 100 fish per season, many over the 20lbs mark. The beat and the fishing is heavily influenced by  the hydroelectric-generation scheme, with the outflow from the turbines next to the waterfalls at the top of the beat.

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River Moriston

River Oich

The River Oich is another medium-sized river on the Ness system, discharging into Loch Ness at Fort Augustus. The Oich is less-developed in angling terms, but is a renowned spring river with fish in the 'teens', and in excess of 20lbs caught regularly. river oich salmon fishing, highlands
River Oich

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