Top Salmon & Sea Trout Fishing Spots in North Inverness

River Ness Category: 1

The River Ness is a large river flowing for just 6.5 miles (10.5 km) from Loch Dochfour at the northern end of Loch Ness, through to Inverness where it pours out into the Beauly Firth at Kessock. Although the river is very short, the catchment is the largest in the North Highlands extending 65 miles to the south west, to within a few miles of the west coast.

The Ness system is dominated by Loch Ness, itself 22 miles in length, into which the Moriston and Oich (& Garry) tributaries drain. Although most of the Ness system lies outside of the North Coast 500, the route starts and ends in Inverness, so the River Ness is included here. The first 3.5 miles below the loch are private beats: Dochfour, Laggan, Ness Castle and Ness-side. Inverness Angling Club control the fishing on the remainder of the river as it continues through the centre of Inverness.

Main Season: Feb-Oct 15th
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Ness-side, River Ness

Inverness Angling Club Beat
Inverness Angling Club have 3 miles of double-banked fishing, extending from just upstream of the Holm Mills Weir to the sea. The first mile or so, through the Ness Islands is particularly attractive and offers some excellent fly water over 10 pools.

Visitor permits are £30/day in summer months from Graham’s, tackle shop, Inverness. Tel: 01463 233178, or book online with FishPal.

inverness angling club beatInverness A.C. Beat


River Beauly System Category: 1
The main stem of the River Beauly comprises the 5 miles of river that form the Lower Beauly Fishings directly upstream of the Lovat Bridge on the A862, the Upper Beauly fishings running from the confluence of the rivers Glass and Farrar for about 2.5 miles downstream, and between them the Middle Beauly, a slow moving section of river and gorges dominated by two hydro-electric power stations and their associated dams.

Fortunately the dams are limited obstacles to migrating salmon, as both include Borland fish lifts, so the salmon can easily reach the Upper Beauly, Glass and Farrar, though the two main tributaries that extend to Glen Affric and Glen Cannich and to Glen Strathfarrar respectively must be considered as summer rivers.

Main Season: Apr 1st-Sep 30th
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Lower Beauly Fishings

Beauly Angling Club - Estuary Beat
Beauly A.C. have salmon fishing on the River Beauly for around 2 miles downstream from Lovat Bridge; 10 named pools. There is also sea trout fishing available on the inner half of the Beauly Firth.

Permits from £20/day from Graham’s, tackle shop, Inverness. Tel: 01463 233178, or book online with FishPal.

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Beauly A.C. Beat

Culligran, River Farrar
Culligran offers 5 miles of double bank fishing below the Loch Beannacharan Hydro Dam. There are three rotating beats. 

Permits £40-70/day from Culligran Estate. Tel: 01463 761285

culligran, river farrar
Culligran, River Farrar

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