Fishing and Angling in South West Scotland

Fishing in South West Scotland

Since our area of South West Scotland is surrounded by many miles of coastline, sea fishing is very popular. There are many opportunities to experience fishing our plentiful waters either by charter boat or from the shores.

There are also many opportunities for loch and river fishing – mainly for salmon and trout.

Sea Fishing  in South West Scotland – Charters

Fishing south West Scotland

Leaving Portpatrick Harbour

There are a number of charter businesses which operate from South West Scotland. Links are provided below.

Portpatrick – Loch Ryan Leisure operates out of Portpatrick Harbour. They have, new for 2014, fishing charter boat – Lucky Dip. Full day,half day or evening trips available. Areas fished include Luce Bay, Irish Sea. Loch Ryan and the lower Clyde Contact Steve on 078411 14489 for details and bookings. Loch Ryan Leisure also operate trips on a fast RIB

Portpatrick  – PredatorII  Dominic Wilson brings 22 years experience with the Royal Navy. New for 2014 Dominic is offering fishing charters for up to 12 people out of Portpatrick Harbour. Trips from 2 hours to multi-day. Tel 077392 31331

Stranraer – Mike Skinner operates his boat Diva from Stranraer Harbour. He can also arrange a complete fishing holiday – 4 nights B&B with 3 days boat charter.

Drummore – On Yer Marks operate three charter boats from Drummore and specialise in Tope, Smooth-hound, and Pollack. Sea angling takes place mainly in Luce Bay and the Irish Sea.

Sea Fishing – Fishing Marks.

For sea fishing around the Mull of Galloway up to Ardwell the Mull of Galloway Community site has detailed information.

Loch Ryan Sea Angling Association has a wealth of information on a wider area covering the whole of the Rhins of Galloway Coast.

River Fishing

South West Scotland has a number of excellent fishing rivers including the famed Rivers Stinchar and Cree.

Moving eastwards from The Mull of Galloway, we have the Luce, Bladnoch & Tarf, Cree & Minnoch, the Fleet and the River Dee

Heading north, we have the Stinchar which meets the sea at Ballantrae and the Girvan.

For detailed information on river fishing in Galloway have a look at Fishpal – Fishing in Galloway

More information on lochs at Glenluce, Kirkcowan, New Galloway, Gatehouse of Fleet and Castle Douglas is to be found on FishPal Course Fishing in Galloway

Information on the Rivers Stinchar, Girvan and Doon is on Fishpal – Fishing the Ayrshire Rivers  

Loch Fishing

There are a number of well stocked lochs in our area where you can fish mainly for trout.

Dunskey Estate near Portpatrick has two lochs stocked with Rainbow and Brown Trout.

Near Stranraer there are several opportunities for loch fishing – Soulseat Loch by Castle Kennedy. Diniddie Reservoir, Penwhirn and Knockquhassen are all within a few miles. More information can be found on the site

A bit further east, here are some ideas for Fishing in the Machars

A few miles to the north of Creetown is Glenquicken Farm which has a 4.5 acre lochan in the shadow of Cairnsmore of Fleet. The lochan is well stocked with rainbow trout from 2lb to the largest ever caught there at just over 24lbs.

In South Ayrshire, Pinbraid Fishery near Ballantrae has a 9 acre loch stocked with rainbow, Brown and Blue Trout. Snacks available. Boat and rod hire