Fishing

The Kyle of Sutherland is the natural tidal estuary for the Rivers Carron, Oykel, Cassley, Shin and Evelix with their many tributaries, burns and 61 named fresh water lochs. Centuries ago the four main Kyle of Sutherland rivers, were seen as the tributaries of one main system. If they were actually one river, its combined salmon rod catch (between 3500 and 4000 annually) rank just below the four “great” Scottish salmon rivers. Although the Kyle rivers share a common estuary, they each have their own individual characteristics as well as distinct runs of salmon. These are wild, rugged yet strangely intimate rivers, which offer a wealth of salmon angling opportunities amongst some of the most stunningly scenic backdrops in the Highlands.

The Salmon and Sea trout river season opens on 11th January and runs until 30th September.  The Brown Trout river season opens on 15th March and ends on 6th October.

For the Tidal Waters and Angling Association Lochs, permits and day and season tickets to fish the tidal waters of the Kyle can be obtained through the Post Office in Bonar Bridge.  The season for Salmon and Sea Trout runs from 1st June until 30th September.

Similar arrangements are in place for fishing with the Lairg Angling Club.  For the Dornoch Angling Association permits are available from Dornoch Pet Shop, 8 Castle Street, Dornoch(Telephone 01862 811812).  Visiting anglers have the opportunity to fish a number of Highland hill lochs, Lagain, Laro, Cracail Mhor, Buidhe, Ghuibhais, Lannsaidh, Laoigh for wild Brown Trout and Loch Brora for Salmon and Sea Trout.

Dornoch Lochans is also well worth a visit for the novice or expert or young and old.