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Scotland’s reputation as an excellent fishing destination dates back to at least the 19th century when it became fashionable for wealthy English tourists to come up to Scotland on their holidays for a bit of hunting, shooting and fishing. Today, fishing in Scotland is still world-class – but it is no longer the preserve of the wealthy alone.

Cast your line for the likes of salmon, trout, pike, mackerel, sea trout and more. There's great fishing to be had on famous rivers like the Tweed, Tay, Spey and the Dee, in our freshwater and sea lochs and along our coastline.

Although there is plenty of good coarse fishing in Scotland, it’s really fly fishing that attracts most people. To maximise your chances of catching game fish, you could arrange for a ghillie to escort you for a day or two. A ghillie functions as a specialised private fishing guide and assistant, accompanying you to the best river beats, arranging permits, providing instruction and if desired sorting out meals and transport. Looking for a fun and memorable fishing experience for the whole family? Book a day on a fishing boat! Expert skippers will take you to the best spots and you can try your hand at catching mackerel whilst immersed in stunning coastal scenery.

If you want an easy catch, you will find plenty of stocked fisheries in many parts of Scotland, offering a (relatively!) easy way to land your first trout.
Why book your fishing experience with one of our members?

All Wild Scotland members operate in line with our Best Practice Guidelines in regards to sustainability, accessibility, community and safety.

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