The bustling village of Strontian on the Ardnamurchan peninsula is the gateway to some memorable river and loch fishing. The fisheries are managed by local anglers, so every effort is made to make fishing there an enjoyable experience.
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The Strontian River has a sense of timelessness as it flows through ancient oak woodland, past old crofts and under the village church on its course to Loch Sunart. Sadly salmon and sea trout numbers have declined over recent decades, but improving marine conditions and an ambitious restoration project mean these fish are returning to their rightful place in the river and on a summer's day with good flows, it is certainly worth a cast or two.
Strontian is also the place to purchase permits for fishing the River Polloch and Loch Doilet over the hill in the Shiel catchment. The drive across is exhilarating as a winding road first climbs above Strontian then descends steeply into Glen Hurich. There is a near-obligatory view point at the top for you to savour the stunning view. Once in Glen Hurich you have the option of fishing Loch Doilet or the Polloch River where salmon and sea trout run the river and loch towards the end of summer. Loch Doilet also has a fine population of wild brownies that put up a formidable fight when hooked.
Strontian means the point of the fairies and is the perfect starting point for exploring the Ardnamurchan Peninsula. The village has two hotels, excellent cafes, a shop and tourist information centre. It is possible to hire bikes in the village and there are regular events at the Sunart Centre. A few miles west of Strontian is the Resipole Studios displaying paintings and sculptures inspired by the Highland scenery. This is also the place to begin a walk up Ben Resipole, the distinctive peak that dominates Ardnamurchan and offers unrivalled views across the peninsula. Less demanding walking can be found at the Ariundle National Nature Reserve north of Strontian where low level paths weave through one of the finest oakwoods in Scotland.
Rivers Strontian and Polloch
Cross Linnhe via the Corran Ferry and continue on the A861 out of Ardgour and through Glen Tarbert until you come to the village of Strontian. The post office is on your left just before you enter the village and the tourist information centre, shop and cafe are on the village green on your left before you cross the river.
To get to the River Polloch and Loch Doilet turn right immediately after the bridge over the Strontian River and keep on this road bearing left past the turning to Ariundle. The road is steep with dramatic views as you cross the watershed and head down into Glen Hurich. At the bottom of the hill follow the road to the left, which will take you along Loch Doilet and to the head of the Polloch River.
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