There are a wealth of opportunities for anglers of all abilities to enjoy fishing near Fort William. The Lochaber area claims to have some of the best fishing to be found in Europe.
Fishing Scotland, “Scotland’s only VisitScotland 5-star graded fly fishing school and wild fishing activity provider” is based in Roy Bridge. They offer everything from group guided excursions with fly fishing coaching to day trips for the more experienced to private lochs and rivers on local estates. All tackle, bait, wellies, permits and transport included and excursions leave from the village, just five minutes by car from the cottage.
If you know what you’re doing and just need the right spot then try Torlundy Trout Fishery, about 15 minutes away on the road to Fort William. There are three small lochs, set in beautiful scenery and well stocked with rainbow trout. Toilets and picnic tables are provided and tackle and tuition are available if required.
The Achnacarry Estate provides the opportunity to fish from a boat on the remote and beautiful Loch Arkaig and Loch Blar. A day’s fishing is for up to 8 hours. A rowing boat with outboard motor, ghillie and fishing permits are all provided. Meet at the Clan Cameron Museum, 7 miles on from Spean Bridge.
No permit is needed to fish for salmon and trout in the Caledonian Canal – just take care of other water users.
There is also a list of other local fishing sites, with details of how to obtain permits.