Cradled amongst magnificent mountains and ancient Caledonian Pine forest Loch Arkaig stretches for 19km through some of the most stunning scenery Scotland has to offer.
Loch & River Arkaig
The loch is well known for its trout populations (both wild brown and ferox trout) and large specimen pike. It is one of the few lochs in Scotland where these magnificent large trout can be caught on the fly.
The loch is large and lightly fished, so it is always possible to find a quiet spot. A road runs along the north side of the loch providing access to bank fishing and there is a slipway at the east end of the loch for launching boats. The loch is covered by a protection order and fishing is by permit only.
The trout fishing season runs from March 15 to October 6 and fishing is at its very best from April-early June and in August to September. Traditional drift fishing over shallow water around the loch margins can result in excellent catches of brown trout, with fish generally averaging 3/4lb.
Ferox are caught both on the fly and trolling, with fish in double figures not uncommon. The best fishing times for Ferox are traditionally early or late in the season, though double-figure fish are caught throughout.
Good pike fishing can be found in some of the weedy bays (see fishery map) and several fish over 30lbs have been caught. Pike are generally difficult to catch during the breeding season (early April), and the best fishing is from May onwards.
The River Arkaig runs out from Loch Arkaig into Loch Lochy. Fishing is mostly for trout, though occasional salmon are caught. The trout in the river, like those in the loch, can be big and provide excellent sport. The upper river has good runs which fish well in low to medium water and the pool above the weir is good in high water. The lower part of the river has some deep pools which are best fished in low water.
Guided fishing can be arranged on the loch and river, contact the Water Bailiff for more information.
Loch Arkaig is 8 miles from the nearest shop and 15 miles from the nearest garage so come prepared! Mobile phone coverage is very limited so expect to be out of communication and enjoy some uninterrupted fishing.
Achnacarry estate was the training grounds for the Royal Commandos and you can still find evidence of their time here. The Commando Memorial, with its stunning backdrop of Ben Nevis and surrounding mountains, can be found on the road to the estate. The area around Loch Arkaig is stunning and offers some spectacular walks. The Chi-aig falls and the witches pool (just before you get to the loch) are a great photo opportunity and featured in the film Rob Roy.
Achnacarry Sporting & Country Pursuits offer deer stalking, clay pigeon shooting alongside wildlife, photographic and hill walking tours through this magnificent countryside. The Clan Cameron Museum houses interesting exhibits and is of interest to members of the Cameron Clan and people interested in the Jacobite uprising.
Spean Bridge (8 miles from the loch) has a few gift shops including the Old Woollen Mill and the Highland Soap Company alongside a post office and Spar.
From Spean Bridge take the A82 to Inverness for about 1 mile until you reach a large statue on your left (this is the Commando Memorial and worth a stop).
Turn left (signed Gairlochy) and follow this road for just over 2 miles until you pass over the canal.
Just after the canal bridge turn right and follow this road for 6 miles until you come out at the loch and in less than 500m you’ll see the jetty and parking.
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