There is nothing quite like a day’s fishing for some glorious peace and quiet out on the water. Surrounded by nature, with nothing but idyllic scenery and the occasional thrill of a great catch, angling truly is the ideal pursuit for total relaxation. Luckily for all you keen fishermen, many of our holiday cottages are perfect for fishing.
Fishing holidays are becoming increasingly popular. Many resorts will provide equipment and some will also have experts on hand to give lessons. Check our guide below for the best angling holidays.
Fisherman’s Guide: Where to Stay
With an entire lake at your disposal, guests staying at Loch Lomond will never find the lake further than a hundred paces from their chalet doorstep! The shoreline is a favourite haunt of game and coarse fishermen and is available exclusively to Loch Lomond guests. Friendly ghillies (instructors) can be hired to show novices the ropes, or to accompany the more ambitious fisherman to the remote mountain lochs in the area. Loch Lomond is available for coarse fishing all year around, and there is a specific salmon and trout season. The resort even has its own private fly-fishing instructor if you’re looking for lessons as a beginner or want to improve your skills.
Our Oakwood lodges are situated near the small town of Rhayader, within 22 acres of countryside. Rhayader is located close to the River Wye, which is renowned for its trout and salmon. According to the Wye Foundation, 4Ib fish are common in the upper river whereas 3Ibs is the average weight downstream.
Coarse fishermen will also be interested in Llyngwyn Lake, where you’ll find sizable roach, pike and chub. Permits can be bought from the local newsagent in the Elan Valley for an affordable price.
Our Perthshire Lodges are located next to Ben More and Loch Iubhair. There are 5 miles of river and game fishing available to Perthshire guests, and equipment can be hired from the visitor centre.
Loch Iubhair is great for both bank and boat fishing and has lots of brown trout and salmon. It is interesting to note that ‘Iubhair’ means ‘loch of the devious one’, so don’t be surprised if the fish are particularly evasive in this area! Prices start at £6 per rod and £25 for boat hire. Your host is very knowledgeable about the local area and will be happy to point you in the direction of the best angling spots.
There is great fishing to be had in beautiful Cornwall. Our Fistral apartments overlook Fistral Beach, which is great for sea fishing in the early morning or late at night after the crowds have disappeared. Nearby Holywell Bay is also a great beach for anglers, particularly those looking to land a bass. Our Beachcomber House overlooks Holywell Bay if you’d prefer to stay a little closer. If you’d rather not go sea fishing, why not try the Porth Reservoir? This beautiful area is the perfect spot for a relaxed day’s angling, and is only 18 minutes’ drive from Fistral Beach. Passes cost £6 for adults and £5 for children.