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Fishing in the Highlands

The Blackwater

running through the village of Contin is the largest tributary of the Conon, Ross-shire’s best salmon and sea trout river. We are ideally situated to provide accommodation for visiting salmon anglers fishing the Brahan, Fairburn, Upper Fairburn and Coul Fishings, all of which are within a few minutes drive.

"While fishing the Blackwater for Sir Arthur Mackenzie of Coul, Bart, Mr Alexander Mackenzie, gamekeeper, successfully landed, after two hours' play with a rod and fly, an exceedingly symmetrical clean-run salmon of forty-and-a-half pounds weight. So far as is known this fish beats all previous records for the River." Friday, April 26, 1918. This was taken from a newspapers clipping sent to us a few years ago.


Salmon Fishing

River CononFor those looking to include salmon fishing into a mixed activity itinerary, day tickets for the Upper Conon and Upper Blackwater, controlled by the Loch Achonachie Angling Club, can be purchased in the village from Contin Filling Station (Tel: 01997 421948). Day tickets are also available locally from Conon Bridge Post Office for the Dingwall Angling Club waters on the lower Conon , below Maryburgh.

SalmonQuest  arrange daily and weekly salmon permits or guided salmon fishing excursions on the prime private beats of the River Alness.


Trout FishingRiver Alness

There are several excellent trout lochs in Strathconon and many more further afield. Trout fishing on lochs Meig, Achonachie and Scardroy are also cntrolled by the Loch Achonachie Angling Club and permits and boat hire are available from Contin Filling Station (Tel: 01997 421948).

There are also 2 excellent quality rainbow trout fisheries set in stunning countryside within a few miles of the hotel: the Tarvie Lochs (Tel: 01997 421250) and Loch Achilty (Tel: 01997 421245). Both fisheries offer boat fishing, but the Tarvie Lochs also do bank fishing, making it ideal for those who only learn to fly-fish. TroutQuest offers qualified instruction here or on one of the wild brown trout lochs in the area.

Within an hour or so drive to the west and north-west are the Gairloch and Assynt areas, both renowned for quality of their brown trout fishing and offering dozens of lochs to fish. To the east, TroutQuest offers guided excursions to Loch Eye and Bad a’ Bhathaich and provide all the tackle for those travelling light.

 For more information on fishing in the area, you can visit www.highlandfishing.net which provides an abundance of information on local lochs and what type and size of fish you can expect to catch here. This website also provides information on costs and equiptment hire.


Coul House Hotel, Contin, Ross & Cromarty, Scotland IV14 9ES E: T: +44 (0)1997 421487