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Fishing Map Navigation & Features


Map Navigation (PC)

Each of the Fishing Area pages includes an embedded map which defaults to that approximate area. These are essentially just custom views of a single larger map covering the Northern Highlands.

1. To move around the map, hold the left mouse button down and move the hand cursor.

2. To zoom in or out use the +/- buttons or use the 'ctrl' button + scroll.

3. Click on this button to display the map legend, where individual map layers can be turned on/off.

4. Click on this button [  ], to go to a full screen view in a new tab. The legend/map layers panel will appear on the left hand side (see below).

embedded fly fishing map of north sutherland

fly fishing map of north highlands


Map Layers

There are 10 different map layers that can be switched on/off that overlay the Google basemap (layer 0 here). For most visiting anglers the most useful of these will be the the top 4 layers, which hold all the location and database information for salmon, sea trout and brown trout fishing:

Map Layer Description Example
10 Salmon & Sea Trout Rivers & Lochs
Dark blue
The underlying base map does not show river systems well at all scales. This is intended to help show their location, but does not provide information on individual fisheries. nc500 fishing map - salmon rivers
9 Salmon Fishing Day Permits
Dark blue pins
This layer shows the locations of rivers (and some lochs) where it is possible for visiting anglers to buy day permits to fish for salmon. Information is provided on where/how to buy permits if known. nc500 fishing map - salmon fishing day tickets
8 Sea Trout Fishing - Day Permits
Light blue pins
This layer shows the locations of rivers and lochs where it is possible for visiting anglers to buy day permits to fish for sea trout. Information is provided where known, on where to buy permits, with links to further info. nc500 fishing map - sea trout permits
7 Brown Trout Fishing
Red pins
This layer shows the locations of around 300 trout fishing spots, mainly lochs, that hold wild brown trout. Information is provided on where to buy permits where known, with links to further information. nc500 fishing map - brown trout lochs and rivers
6 Stocked Trout Fisheries
Orange pins
There are several stocked rainbow trout fisheries in the region; most in Easter Ross and the Inverness area. nc500 fishing map - stocked rainbow trout fisheries
5 Coarse Fishing
Green pins
This layer shows the location of rivers and lochs which hold coarse fish; essentially pike and perch. The Conon system is the most northerly, east coast river system to hold pike. nc500 fishing map - pike lochs
4 Sea Fishing
Purple pins
Currently this layer shows some basic information on sea fishing boat charters. nc500 fishing map - sea fishing charter boats
3 Fishing Services This layer shows fishing tackle outlets, locations of permit providers and fishing guides. Some of the fishing services listed may be sponsored. nc500 fishing map - fishing guides and tackle shops
2 Other Services This layer is reserved for advertisers offering other services such as accommodation. nc500 fishing map - map features
1 North Coast 500 Route This is the official North Coast 500 route. nc500 fishing map - north coast 500 route
0 Base Map This is the bottom map layer, visible at all times. There are several options including satellite imagery, which can be useful, but the default view is the topographic map.

Pin Data

If you select any map pin (1.) in the embedded or full screen map a linked data panel will slide in from the left hand side.

2. If there is a photo associated with the pin it will display here. NB: the photo will be of the loch/river featured, but may not have been taken at the precise location of the pin.

3. Data associated with this pin will be displayed below the image. Use the scroll bar to view associated data including contact details for permits, and linked websites where available.

4. Click on the left arrow to hide the pin data panel.

5. Select this arrow button to bring up the standard Google map for this location which will include driving directions, current conditions etc.

embedded fly fishing map of north sutherland

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