Sutherland has an abundance of fresh-water lochs, hidden gem hill lochs, exclusive rivers and beautiful streams which make for the perfect fishing getaway. Here is a breakdown of some of waters which can be fished by guests of the Altnaharra Hotel.
Loch Hope is a 6 mile long fresh water loch located 15 miles north-east of Altnaharra, via a stunning, little-used, single-track road. It is a famous sea-trout loch with the season running from June to September. The hotel has boats at South End and Middle Bay.
If you plan to fish at South End then it is advisable to take a ghillie with you. Motors are not permitted in this part of the loch and so knowledge of the waters and another pair of hands for rowing will come in handy!
Middle Bay is also known as Middle Bay Castle due to the belief that there is an underwater ruin in this location. All parts of the local are famed for their sea-trout, salmon and wild brownies.
Loch Hope has been praised by Bruce Sandison of Fly Fishing & Fly Tying Magazine. He describes it as “Scotlands leading sea-trout water” and “one of the most dramatic lochs in Scotland”.
For a fishing map of Loch Hope click here.
Loch Naver & the River Naver
Loch Naver is just a stone’s throw from the hotel and sits in the shadow of Ben Klibreck. The loch is 6 miles long and feeds the River Naver, one of the best private salmon fishing rivers in Scotland.
Starting at Loch Naver and flowing north through birch and alder woods, the River Naver flows out into the sea at Bettyhill. It is an extremely exclusive river divided into 6 beats.
The River Mudale is a spate river running close to the Altnaharra hamlet which also contains salmon sea-trout and plenty of resident brown trout. The Altnaharra Hotel has its own 2 mile private stretch of the Mudale for use by hotel guests.
Loch Meadie is a middle-sized loch at 3.4miles long. It lies at the head of the River Naver system. It is a brown trout loch which offers fantastic views of Ben Loyal.
Loch Eileanach is a wild hill loch containing plenty of wild brown trout. Allan Liddle of Fly Fishing and Fly Tying Magazines says of Loch Eileanach “Eileanach, simply put, is a beauty”.
The River Mallart is a spate river with beautiful views across Strathnaver. Feb by Loch Choire and running into the River Naver, Fishing on the Mallart is by fly only.
The River Borgie is made up of 4 beats with are fly only. The Borgie flows out of Loch Slaim and runs for 7 miles until it enters the sea at Torrisdale Bay. It is a very attractive salmon and trout river which offers excellent spring fishing.The above provides a mere glimpse of the fishing the hotel can arrange for guests with many of the surrounding hill lochs providing fantastic brown trout fishing in stunning scenery, and yet being very rarely visited.
For more information on a fishing break with the Altnaharra Hotel please click here.