Assynt Overview


Assynt is a remote rural area of some 475km2 in Sutherland, North West Scotland. Its principal town is Lochinver, and comprises a series of small hamlets or townships. Assynt’s landscape is characterised by several hundred lochs, lochans, rivers and burns set amongst a spectacular mountain terrain and bounded by a rugged coastline.

The area has an extremely rich and diverse angling offer including:

You can find out more about each of these on this website including interactive maps that allow you to get detailed information as well as record your comments. If you go fishing in Assynt, please leave your comment.

You can find out more information about the background to angling in Assynt as well as read researcg reports here: Assynt Research Reports

Wild Brown Trout Angling

The hundreds of lochs offer some of the finest wild brown trout angling in Europe. There are two main groups offering trout angling in Assynt: the Assynt Crofters' Trust and the Assynt Angling Group. To see the lochs for each group click the links below. To find out more about each group, go to their home pages.

Assynt Crofters' Trust - Places to Fish

Assynt Angling Group - Places to Fish

Salmon and Sea Trout Angling

The area is also well known for its salmon and sea trout fishing in both rivers and lochs.


The River Inver and the River Kirkaig are the principal salmon and sea trout rivers. Fishing is owned by the Assynt Estate and administered by CKD Galbraith.

The Assynt Angling Club also has fishing in the estuary of the River Inver available to visitors. Permits cost £10 and are available from the Lochinver Post Office.


The Assynt Crofters’ Trust and the Assynt Angling Group offer some fishing for salmon and sea trout on their lochs. Follow this link to Salmon and Sea Trout lochs.

Sea Fishing

Assynt also offers sea fishing from its numerous beaches and rocky coastline. Some boats take anglers out from Lochinver harbour. Go to the Sea Fishing page for more information and interactive map.

Latest comments
7 months ago
Anonymous said
Hi Ewan There aren't any online permits. However, if you ring the permit sellers they may be able to do something (no promises...
7 months ago
Ewan said
Hi I do a lot of cycling with the MTB in the hills and tracks & usually take a fly rod with me for a half hour or hour...
7 months ago
Tim Wilson said
Usually visit and fish in September but May this time proved more challenging.. Fished loch Beanoch from the boat. Caught...
Really enjoyable walk into the Bone Cave area with views all around - worth stopping every so often just to appreciate how...
8 months ago
admin said
Hi, Just to confirm this loch and the ones nearby are part of the Assynt Foundation's land and as such they fall under the...