Fishing

Wild Brown Trout

6847017This is an exceptional area for brown trout. There are simply thousands of Borgie/Skerray hill lochs many of which are remote and virtually un-fished. If you are walking into such loch without a guide do touch base with the us here at the lodge or contact the local estate. Not only will you thus avoid stalkers, but it is advisable for your own safety – this can be a wild place for the unwary.
If your angling interest lies in catching artificially reared, pellet-fed fish in lowland put-and-take fisheries, Skerray is not for you. But if you relish the challenge of fishing for perfectly formed wild trout that fight with dash and spirit, then you will find all of that and more amidst this amazing-landscape.
The Borgie estate owns the fishing rights to over 20 wild brown trout lochs all within a few miles of the hotel. There is no charge to fish our lochs for hotel residents.

 

River Borgie

877110The River Borgie is 7 miles in length from where it flows out of Loch Slaim to where it enters the sea on the north coast of Scotland at Torrisdale Bay. The river offers fantastic fishing opportunities, excellent wildlife of all types and is set amongst attractive scenery. Fishing on the river opens on 12th January and closes on 30th September.  The River Borgie is full catch and release until 30 May.Catch and release beyond this date is encouraged though not mandatory. In recent years over 60% of fish caught have been released. The best of the salmon fishing is in July, August and September and a good year might see 300 salmon caught. The river, like most of the northern salmon rivers, is fished by fly only.

We advise pre-booking permits due to high demand as the river only allows up to 8 rods a day.

Borgie Hill Lochs

10627The majority of lochs below lie within the bounds of the township of Skerray in North Sutherland. The name Skerray derives from Gaelic and the literal translation means “between the rocks and the sea”. This is a magical corner of the far north, an almost secret place, with resplendent wild life and rich in history. This is an exceptional area for brown trout. There are simply thousands of Borgie/Skerray hill lochs many of which are remote and virtually un-fished. If walking into such loch without a guide do touch base with the us here at the lodge or contact the local estate. Not only will you thus avoid stalkers, but it is advisable for your own safety – this can be a wild place for the unwary. If your angling interest lies in catching artificially reared, pellet-fed fish in lowland put-and-take fisheries, Skerray is not for you. But if you relish the challenge of fishing for perfectly formed wild trout that fight with dash and spirit, then you will find all of that and more amidst this amazing-landscape; bogbean, bog asphodel, water lilies and orchids, peregrine, greenshank and red-throated diver, cautious red deer and curious otters.

7774628The Borgie estate owns the fishing rights to over 20 wild brown trout lochs all within a few miles of the hotel. There is no charge to fish our lochs for hotel residents. Some of the popular lochs are Modsarie, Crocach, Skerray, Nan Gobhar, Nam Breac Buidhe, Craggie, Beul Na Faire, Slaim and Buidhe…..and many many more. Traditional brown trout fishing rules do apply and catch and release is encouraged. There are limits on fish to be killed per angler should they wish to keep their catch:

Bank fishing: 2 fish limit and Boat fishing: 4 fish per boat (maximum 2 rods).

Loch Slaim is boat fishing only

The hotel has boats for rent at a current rate of £20.00 per day. Hotel residents have access to the boats for free, although it is adviseable to pre-book a boat when making your hotel reservation due to high demand.

Maps and life jackets are available from the hotel. A catch report is also required to be returned to the lodge.

The fishing on the Borgie River can be booked up pretty quickly. We recommend booking in advance directly with the ghillies.The Hotel has negotiated a 50% discount for hotel guests on all Tongue Angling Club waters. These include lochs, containing salmon and sea trout; as well as the Kyle of Tongue, which has salmon, seatrout, mackerel and sea bass.

For all Fishing related enquiries please contact us here or call +44 (0) 1641 521332