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Just trying to plan a trip to scotland for salmon fishing! Whats the best plan to just get a permit and go by ourselves there will be 6 of us, or to book a day with an expert.

Thanks in advance


  • VisitScotlandSarahWVisitScotlandSarahW Member, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
    edited October 2017
    Hi @slh. It really depends on your level of experience and making sure you have the correct equipment. If in doubt, it would be a good idea to go with a guide. They will have specific local knowledge of the river you are fishing, therefore giving you the best opportunity for good catches. The River Dee in Aberdeenshire and the River Tay in Perthshire are very popular, and indeed world famous!

    You may find this website useful, it provides a detailed guide to Scottish salmon fishing, particularly in regarding to how, where and when you can fish.

    I hope this helps with your planning, I'm sure other community members will be able to provide suggestions too.  :)
  • MogMJMRMogMJMR Member ✭✭
    @slh; @VisitScotlandSarahW Here in Peebles we have a couple of publicly owned salmon beats, with fishing starting on The River Tweed from just £45 a day - tickets from the leisure centre.

    I find really useful  - there you can browse options, guides and costs and even purchase some permits online.

    Based in the Scottish Borders, Aberdeenshire has a special place in my heart.
  • FishPalFishPal Member ✭✭
    edited January 2018
    @slh please give either myself or Tom Carter a call at FishPal - our offices are based on the River Tweed - Anne 
  • We had a great day salmon fishing on the tweed at a beat called Ladybank last year.   Our gillie Mathias was extremely helpful and provided lots of tips to help us with our casting.  This was arranged through Fish Pal. 

    South Uist is another personal favourite, for salmon and for brown trout.  Fada and east bee lochs are a couple of the prettiest.  Organise this through the estate office at Oifis Storas near Daliburgh.
  • LeslieLeslie Member
    I love to fly fish for trout on streams, should I bring my fly rod on my 3 week trip at the end of August?
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