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Aberdeenshire Council

Aberdeenshire Council administered 4 beats of the Don but have passed the Inverurie and Kintore beats to the local angling clubs. They retain the Alford water where there are two beats.

Alford Beat from Montgarrie Bridge

The lowest part of the town water at bridge at Bridge Alford looking downstream where the beat ends

The upper beat is from Bridge of Alford left bank upstream for about 1 k to the Waterside Saw Mill. Halfway up there is a good pool that holds fish especially back end and at the top where the Leochel Burn join the Don at the saw mill there is an other decent pool. Some good trout up here too.

Alford Beat from Montgarrie Bridge

The start of the Haughton beat looking dowstream from Montgarrie Bridge

The lower beat at Alford starts, upstream end, at Montgariie bridge, right bank only down to near where the Buckie Burn joins the Don. Kates Pool at Montgarrie has produced some big fish; the Garden Pool fishes well, hooked 5 fish in here one Octobers day as a run came through; Haughton Hole at the anglers car park holds fish but too many trees for the fly; Lintoch is probably the best pool of them all with fish holding up in lies from the top of the pool to the bottom, towards the top in l;ower water; The Hut (there is no hut here) fishes well in the fast water by the overhanging bushes on the right bank; the Buckie fishes well with the fly - the permit covers the upper half of the pool.

For full details of where to obtain permits log on to: Aberdeenshire Council Water

Google map Reference Alford; 57.242577, -2.693746 & 57.242856, -2.729537

Checked 21/06/18

Aberdeen and District Angling Association

There are angling associations and there is ADAA. I doubt any club in the land can boast so much prime fishing on the Dee, Don and Ythan. There is so much going with ADAA extending services and support to it's members in a way few clubs do or can do. Membership is open at a very reasonable cost which gives you access to beats on the Don, (Parkhill 6 beats, Kemnay) , Dee (Pots and Ford, Garthdee, Culter anf the Feugh) and Ythan (Methlick, The Machar pool in the tidal waters, Ardleithen beats, Belmmuir) for salmon, sea trout and brown trout. They also have fishing for trout on Parkhill Loch and Loirston Loch (Bt and coarse).

There is good fly fishing water and the fly comes into its own when the main runs start in June / July. The fishing peaks in September and October although fish run through hard (sea liced fish are often taken at Alford  30 miles away at this time of year). Best Flies Ally Shrimp, Silver Ally and Silver Stoats Tail.

Go to the ADAA web site to apply on line.

Visitors can have day and week Roving ticket brown trout as well visitor tickets for Parkhill Loch. Only availablle if you are staying within 25 miles of Aberdeen. Sunday fishing for brown trout is allowed on most beats.

Contact by email through their web site.


Midchingle, Pots and Ford, Garthdee, Banchory Devenick and on the river Feugh.

Google Street View the Dee at Garthdee. In low water thsi pool can be packed with fish just off the tide.

Google Street Map The river Dee from Holburn Street Bridge in Aberdeen looking up stream towards

Gartdee. In low water this pool can be full of fish right off the tide.

Google Street View The Falls of Feugh near Banchory

Google Street View The river Dee viewed from Potarch Bridge, now that is a salmon pool.


Cruives, Fintry, Kemnay, Parkhill, Netherdon

Google Map Reference Parkhill 57.217743, -2.183916 Fintry; 57.233447, -2.271464


Methlick, Machar Pool, Arlethen.

Google Street View Ythan Methlick

Google Street View the river Ythan at Methlick

Checked 26/06/18

Aberfeldy Angling Club

Fishing on the Tay for trout and grayling on this fab stretch of water. Permits from Wade Newsagents Aberfeldy 01887 820397 and the SPAR Store in Grandtully call 01887 840203. Salmon day tickets are also available.

Google Street View the River Tay at Aberfeldy from the Wade Bridge

Google Street View the river Tay at Aberfeldy viewed from the Wade Bridge

The club also has trout fishing on Loch na Creige for members.

Google Map Reference 56.621735, -3.867248

Checked 26/06/18

Aberlour Angling Club

Salmon fishing on the river Spey, day and week tickets available, 6 tickets per day on a first come first served basis, call 01340 871428 or book on line on Fishspey.

Google Map Reference 57.475048, -3.217016

Checked 26/06/16

Abernethy Angling Improvement Association

Broomhill Bridge the start of the Abernethy Water

Broomhill Bridge the start of the Abernethy water

6 miles of double bank fishing with 15 named pools from Broomhill Bridge to the Millars Pool just above Boat of Garten bridge. Catch returns in 2006 were some 750 sea trout and 139 salmon, best sea trout 7lbs and best salmon 15lbs. The club have installed wheel chair access to the Nethy Pool with concrete stands. AAIA have merged with the Aviemore Angling Improvement Association and now offer fishing on 4 miles single bank around Aviemore with 16 named pools. There are some impressive returns from this water including a 14.5lb brown trout.

Permits from Boat of Garten Post Office or Cairngorm Mountain Sports in Aviemore.

Google Map Reference 57.280466, -3.672775

Checked 20/06/18

Achnasheen Angling Club

Not a lot to say about this club, all I can find is that is next to Loch a Chroisg in Ross-shire. Contact Ledgowen Lodge Hotel, call 01445 720252.

Google Map Reference 57.578699, -5.079023

Reviewed 26/06/18

Alness Angling Club

5 Beats on the upper and lower Alness and trout fishing on Loch Bad a' Bhathaich. 10 miles of fishing, the river produces 200 to 300 fish per annum. Classic spate river. Permits from the Kardz Shop in the High St Alness.

Google Street View river Alness (Averon)

Google Street View River Alness (Averon) looking upstream to Novar Fishings)

Google Map Reference 57.696144, -4.259073

Checked 26/08/18

Alan Water AIA

The Association offers day tickets fishing on 15 miles of the Allan Water for salmon, sea trout and brown trout. Beats extend from Sheriffmuir down to below Bridge of Alan. A small river with good runs of fish especially from June and the back end, a good 10 ft rod would be sufficient.
Permits can be ordered on line or obtained from Angling Active in Stirling.

Google Map reference for Bridge of Allan 56.156167 -3.951553

Checked 26/06/18

Airdrie and District Angling Club

Fishing for wild and stocked browns, rainbows and blues on the 345 acre Hillend Loch. Once the biggest reservoir in the world when built between 1797 and 99 (it has matured a bit) it averages just 7 feet in depth. There is a very smart lodge just off the A89 where you can buy permits.

The loch is stocked with rainbows and blues and has good stocks of wild trout due to their being 6 feeder burns.

Parking for the disabled is provided

Fishing methods include fly, bait and spinning. 6 boats available fly fishing only. With 5 miles of bank there is room to roam. Early season they recommend black fritz and tadpoles, June, July sedges.

Permits can also be bought at the Lodge, Hillend, Sunny Convenience Store in Caldercruix and from the Airdrie Angling Centre, 3 Forrest St, Airdrie.

Google Map Reference 55.866504, -3.963002

Checked 26/06/16

Annan (Upper) Angling Association

A 4 mile beat at Applegarth and another near Moffat. Big wild brown trout to 8lbs, sea trout from May and salmon from June (the Annan here is a back end river and the best of the runs come Sept, Oct Nov).

There are a number of permit options covering trout, salmon and grayling. Under 18s need a permit but fish for free, well done! Day tickets through FishPal.

Day tickets also from

Benmar Petrol Station, Moffat and Annandale Arms Hotel, Moffat

The pictures on their web site of brownies and grayling caught (all C & R) are dreamsville.

Google Map Ref Moffat 55.329063, -3.445976

Checked 12/07/18

Arran Angling Association

The club has fishing on 9 rivers on Arran, North Sanox, Sanox Burn, Cloy, Benlister and Manomore Burns, Ashdale, Kilmore and Siddery.

The river do have runs of sea trout and salmon but they need a spate.

They also stock Loch Garbad with rainbows.

Permits available to visitors and residents from:

Community of Arran Seabed Trust in Lamlash

Kildonan Camp Site Whiting Bay News

Google Map Ref 55.576606, -5.152228

Checked 26/07/18

Assynt Angling Club / Group

The Assynt Angling Club and 8 local landowner have joined together to offer access to 150 lochs in the area including 20 lochs with boats.

2 boats have minor alterations to suit people with mobility problems.

Google Street View Assynt

GoogleStreet View, Assynt

The fishing is for wild brown trout and ferox with 5 lochs offering salmon and sea trout fishing. Trout average 6 to 12 ounces with a few fish over the 4lb mark taken every year. This is fishing in the raw, no stockies. Permits from a number of sources in the area with no extra charge for the salmon and sea trout fishing. Permits for salmon fishing on the Inver estuary from the Lochinver PO. For more information log on to www.assyntangling.co.uk

Google Map Reference 58.173783, -5.035965

Checked 26/06/18

Avon Angling Club

18 miles of fishing for salmon, sea trout, trout and grayling on this river Clyde tributary. Inexpensive annual tickets for trout and grayling. Permits from tackle shops in the area.

Gill Brothers – 13 Townhead Street, Strathaven

Craigs Newsagents – Common Green, Strathaven

Ninas – King Street, Stonehouse

Hooked In Scotland – Shettleston Road, Glasgow

Anglers Attic – 55 Caledonian Road, Wishaw

Easthornes – Drygate Street, Larkhall

Shop Smart- 109 McNeil Street, Larkhall

Burns The Stationers – 40 Union Street, Larkhall

Pet & Aquarium Supplies – 86 Quarry Street, Hamilton

Google Map Reference 55.777396, -4.018072

Checked 26/06/18

Avon Bank Fishing Club

Millhall Reservoir, 8 acres of fishing, boat and bank, parking for disabled persons near the boathouse. Stocked with rainbows and golden trout from 2lb to 15lb with many double figure fish taken each year. There is a resident population of brown trout.

Contact Avon Bank Fishing Club, Millhall Reservoir, Old Polmont, Falkirk, Stirlingshire, FK20 0YO. Call 01324 714190.

Google Map Reference 55.777396, -4.018072

Checked 26/06/18

Ayr Angling Club

The river Ayr rises near New Cumnock and flows 39 mile to the sea at Ayr. It has a very large catchment area and as a result spates tend to last for days. Fishing is at its best from July through to October with an average of 500 fish taken each year, the best of the fishing is in Sept and Oct. The river is mostly controlled by angling clubs, there are 8 on the Ayr and 2 on Lugar Water.

Permits are available from Gamesport Tackle Shop, 60, Sandgate in Ayr 01292 262822 or through Fishpal

Ayr Angling Club have fishing available contact the club secretary on 01292 268633.

Google Map Reference 55.459544, -4.622663

Checked 26/06/18