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Aberdeen & Grampian - Fishing, Angling Holidays in Aberdeenshire

Host to three important salmon and sea trout rivers, the Dee, Don and Deveron, Aberdeenshire offers some classic game fishing opportunities. Sea angling is also good along its rich and varied coastline.


Loch Fishing

This area is not known for its lochs, hence the numerous stillwater fisheries, but Loch Saugh near Fettercairn offers nice bank fishing for good quality trout and it is well worth a cast. See the listing for Loch Fishing in Aberdeen & Grampian Highlands

River Fishing

Famous for its prolific runs of large sea trout, the River Deveron is also home to the record fly caught Scottish salmon a monster fish of 61lb. The Ythan is another famous sea trout river that has prolific fishing in its estuary.

At Aberdeen the two largest rivers in the area reach the salt. The River Don is famous for its superb trout fishing and decent autumn salmon fishing. The middle and lower reaches of this river flow at a leisurely pace interrupted occasionally by weirs to supply the needs of paper mills.

Royal Deeside to the east of the city is by contrast much steeper, the River Dee is beautiful and fast flowing with clear or lightly tannin stained waters and it is famous for its salmon and sea trout fishing. It was here that A H E Wood developed the greased line fly fishing technique, now enjoyed by anglers all over the world. See the listing for River Fishing in Aberdeen & Grampian Highlands


There is a good variety of venues to choose from, with some of the best rainbow trout fishing in Scotland and you can also find yourself netting golden trout, blues, brook trout and brown trout. Some of the fisheries are stocked with large trout up to 20lbs. See the listing for Fisheries in Aberdeen & Grampian Highlands

Coarse Fishing

Loch Skene to the east of Aberdeen is a shallow weedy loch that has ample supplies of perch and pike. The pike grow quite large and double figure fish are not uncommon. Best fishing is in late spring when the pike inhabit the shallows. See the listing for Course Fishing in Aberdeen & Grampian Highlands

Sea Angling

Scotland’s east coast is famous for its commercial fishing fleets that once operated out of every coastal village in Aberdeenshire. The fleets have gone but the fishing is still there and very popular. Charter sea angling boats are centered around Stonehaven and concentrate on catching cod around the headlands and precipitous cliffs but the ground is varied and good catches of haddock and whiting can also be made in season. Beaches provide good fishing for flatfish and the estuary of the River Don is a popular venue. The village of Crawton south of Stonehaven provides access to deep water close inshore from cliff marks with excellent fishing for saithe and codling.  See the listing for Sea Angling in Aberdeen & Grampian Highlands