Salmon and Sea Trout

Loch Ailsh

Loch Ailsh is no longer available from the Assynt Angling Group.

Any enquiries regarding this loch should be to the Oykel Bridge Hotel:


Angling Groups: 

Loch an Tuirc

This loch has some good trout fishing but also gets runs of sea trout. It is in a wonderful setting.

Park at the side of the B869 by the turning for Rhicarn. This is a small space on the left heading towards Lochinver. Please do not park in the turning itself and do not block access.

Walk down the Rhicarn turning and past the houses. There is a very good path uphill which takes you all the way to Loch Crocach. When you near the loch, go through the deer fence and keep right on the Crocach peat track.

Loch Assynt

The biggest loch in the area, 8kms long by 1.5km wide, with both bank and boat fishing available. Brown trout, ferox, arctic char, salmon and sea trout, with a huge head of averaged sized trout. Very much better fish inhabit the waters obviously too with the odd double figure monster being taken from time to time, so watch out with every cast. Dangerous in high winds but easily accessible.

Loch Awe

A roadside loch which is popular and easily accessible with boat only fishing. It has a very good head of trout of decent average size but also has good numbers of larger fish in there too. A few salmon and sea trout enter the loch also, but are very rarely caught.

Loch Culag (The School Loch)

Boat ONLY  fishing, located at NC097218

Next to the road just south of Lochinver and home to the local school, Culag has both plenty of hard fighting trout and also migrating salmon and sea trout. Boat only fishing.

River Between Loch Gainimh & Loch Druim Suardalain

Between NC170194 & NC119218

A small spate river between Loch Gainimh and Loch Druim Suardalain. Good sporting trout in average sizes with the odd bigger fish and some salmon a sea trout late in the season. The river has two names -Abhainn na Clach Airigh changing mids-tream to Abhainn bad na h-Achlaise.

River Inver

A famous salmon river that enters the sea at Lochinver and runs downstream 6 miles from Loch Assynt.

The season is from 11th February to 15th October and is best from July to October.

Permits for fishing the Inver are split into 4 beats each of 2 rods:

Lower and Middle beats

  • Until 11th June £80 per beat per day.
  • 12th June–1st July £180 per beat per day.
  • 2nd July until end of season £245 per beat per day.

Upper Beat

River Inver Estuary

Visitors can now buy permits to fish the estuary below the old Inver bridge in Lochinver on a day ticket basis. These are sold by the Assynt Angling Club, whose members can also fish here.


£10/day,  only available from Lochinver Post Office.

River Kirkaig

The River Kirkaig is a rugged spate river located just south of Lochinver.

The fishing is split into three beats between the dramatic Kirkaig Falls at the upper end and the estuary into the Kirkaig sea loch. The season runs from February 11th - October 15th with the prime period between July-October.

Permits are:

The Manse Loch

The Manse loch, along with Upper Loch Roe and Loch an Tuirc, get some runs of sea trout and the occasional salmon. Although reports have been a bit patchy in recent years there has been a re-stocking programme and all are worth trying in the right conditions. The Trust tagged some smolts and any caught showing coloured dye behind the left eye must be reported to permit vendors, but any information on catches would be helpful.

There are boats at all three lochs.

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