The River Nevis is the ultimate Highland spate river offering the chance to land a salmon in the shadow of Britain's highest mountain.
Glen Nevis Estate
Glen Nevis is only a few minutes' walk from the centre of Fort William, yet it feels like a wild place, where the forces of nature that have shaped the land over millennia are still very evident. One such force is the River Nevis, which surges through the glen after heavy rain only to drop to a tranquil meander in dry spells. It requires patience and respect to fish this sort of river, but the effort is well worth it as the Nevis salmon are as strong and wild as the river itself.
Some of the best fishing on the river is in the lower sections below Achintee, but there are 14 named pools right up to the Lower Falls 8km from the river mouth. Annual rod catches are usually between 30 and 40 salmon and, though it is predominantly a grilse river, very large fish are sometimes caught in the early part of the season. Both banks can be fished and access to the river is easy with good paths along most of its length.
Glen Nevis offers some of the best hill walking in Britain and even the low level walks through the Glen afford fantastic views of the mountain scenery. The glen offers a pub and restaurant as well as a campsite shop and visitor centre. The glen has a wealth of history and a walk up to the Iron Age fort at Dun Deardail gives a different perspective on the area. The bottom of the glen is still worked for agriculture and don't be surprised to be sharing the river with a Highland cow or two!
At the Glen Nevis roundabout on the northern edge of Fort William turn off the A82 into the glen. The road follows the river for most of its length allowing access to the various pools. The campsite shop is on the left hand side approximately 2 miles down the road not far after the visitor centre.