Fishing enthusiasts can engage in sea fishing as well as fresh water fishing in one of the many sea or hill lochs locally.

Although sea trout fishing is not what it used to be, you can still catch mackerel or pollack in the open sea, salmon in the sea lochs and rivers, or brown trout in hill lochs.

There are some excellent fishing books  available on the local area which give details of good fishing spots and where to get permits.

Sea Fishing

Fishing from a boat or the shore can be carried out at many sites around the coast. Sea fishing trips are available from Charleston Harbour or Badachro, with refreshments provided, with the following operators:

 Dry Island sea fishing trips, Badachro   Email:,   Tel. 01445 741263

Your catch might include pollack, ling, conger, skate, ray, or haddock, and will almost certainly also include mackerel in the summer months.  

Mussels are numerous on the rocks of most local beaches though care must be taken when gathering to check that there are no shellfish bans in operation at the time. Notices of these will be posted at all the relevant beaches and at the Harbour Master’s office. The sandy beaches also have healthy populations of razor shells and clams.

Children will find much of interest in the rock pools and shoreline, and a copy of Seashore Life by Lomond Books, also available from the Tourist Information Centre in Gairloch will help to identify the strange creatures they find.

Salmon Fishing in the Rivers

River Ewe - The shortest river in Britain at just over 1 mile long, the River Ewe has a spectacular course offering many pools and narrows that will enthral the keen fisherman for hours. Permits can be obtained from the keeper at Keeper’s Cottage in Poolewe. 

The River Gruinard - this is also a revered salmon river with permits available from XXXXX 

 Loch Fishing

The whole area offers abundant small upland lochs, some easily reached, others requiring a degree of effort. However, the locations of these lochs are often spectacular and for scenic reward alone they are worth exploring. The brown trout in these lochs can prove elusive but stocks are still there. Boats can be hired on some lochs, others can only be fished from the shore.

For details of local fishing, permits and to book sea fishing trips contact the Gairloch Chandlery in Charleston by Gairloch.  Tel. 01445 712 458 

A recommended resource for fishing in the area plus how to obtain permits is Fishing in the Gairloch Area, also available at the Tourist Information Centre in Gairloch.


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