On the Knoydart peninsula you can fish for salmon, sea trout and brown trout in one of the most remote and beautiful parts of Scotland.
The Inverie River and Dubh Lochan have all three species with a yearly catch of c25 salmon and c90 sea trout. Bromsaig hill loch presents excellent brown trout fishing in a spectacular and remote lochan with views across Loch Nevis to Morar, out to Skye and beyond. Knoydart really is a place to get away from it all, enjoy the wonderful views and, of course, fish!
Kilchoan Estate can provide river, loch and hill loch fishing amongst spectacular scenery. The Knoydart peninsula is one of the remotest places in Britain, which cannot be accessed directly by road. This makes it a true wilderness and a very special place. Kilchoan Estate is located close to the small village of Inverie, home to the remotest pub in Britain, a couple of other restaurants and a post office. Most people get here by ferry which leaves the mainland at Mallaig (Mallaig can be reached by car or train).
The Inverie River is fed from Dubh Lochan and flows east to west via 16 named pools. After 4.5 miles it runs into the sea at Loch Nevis which translates as the ‘Loch of Heaven’. The lower reaches of the river are an easy walk from the ferry, about 20 minutes along mainly flat roads and track. The river has good numbers of sea trout which run from early June with grilse coming later in June to mid July. The quality of fishing is very much dependant on the rainfall (which is more regular than you'd think!). The river holds fish for most of the year but if things go quiet you can head up to Dubh Lochan. This is a reliable source of fun with brown trout, Arctic Charr and any salmon/sea trout which have already run the river. The Lochan is about 4 miles from the ferry, reached along a track through some beautiful countryside. If you’re staying on the estate you can look into arranging a lift. Fishing permits for the loch include use of a boat and petrol.
Loch Bromasaig Hill Loch is a remote hill loch situated 800ft above sea level with some of the best views you will get in Scotland. It takes about 1.5hrs to reach from the ferry but once you get there you will be spellbound by the fishing and scenery. Another great place to get away from it all and fish in spectacular landscapes and enjoy the peace and quiet.
Guided fishing on the river or lochan is sometimes available for £85/day, please contact Kilchoan Estate to book 01687 462133.
Kilchoan Estate manage the river carefully and there is a 100% catch and release policy for salmon and sea trout on the river and Lochan to ensure the continued protection of fish stocks which have only recently recovered from serious declines. A bag limit of 3 brown trout per rod per day operates on all three fisheries.
Kilchoan Estate provide a range of accommodation, from a basic bothy to a luxurious converted farmhouse. They can give you and your luggage a lift from the ferry to the accommodation which is right by the river, and give you some fishing tips on the way.
The Knoydart peninsula is a remote and beautiful wilderness with some spectacular walking. A variety of low and high level walks are available, and the local ranger service offer guided walks and advice. The ranger service also run guided bike rides, wildlife spotting and conservation days.
Kilchoan Estate hire mountain bikes and also offer deer stalking. The coast around Knoydart is spectacular and rich in marine life.
A range of boat trips are available from knoydart, from a lazy afternoon’s sea-fishing to cetacean watching expeditions or trips to the Skye or one of the small isles. Or you could just explore the village and relax in the teashop (with local crafts on sale), or pub.
During the summer the ferry runs 8 trips per day to Inverie in the week, with 4 trips/day at weekends. The ferry departs from Mallaig Harbour and the ticket office can be found near the slipway.
On entering Mallaig turn right at the roundabout. Go past the co-op and turn left just after the Fishmarket restaurant. Walk down to the harbour and you’ll see the booking offices on your left. The ferry is for foot passengers only, you cannot take your car to Inverie.
Having arrived on Inverie it’s a pleasant 30 minute walk to Kilchoan Estate, or a 5 minute drive (need to book a lift in advance). As you leave the jetty head right onto the only tarmacked road and follow this for c1mile until you see a sign to bunkhouse on your left.
Follow this track past the bunk house and over the river bridge. The estate is ahead to your right.
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