Loch Na Saobhaide

RSPB Lochs. Fishing season 1st April to 5th October. Three ‘clear rest days’ between angling days.

Grid Reference: 800 471

Elevation: 217m

Bag Limit: 6 Fish limit (9″ inch minimum).


Leave the A897  at grid reference 891 437 and follow the forestry track for a distance of 5.5 miles to  park at 819 471. A 4×4 or vehicle with high clearance is required to negotiate the bumpy track. Walk west for a distance of 1.55km to reach the loch. Saobhaide is a delightful loch in the heart of the flow country, guarded to the south by the Beinn Griam Mountains. There are many inviting bays and promontories to keep the angler interested and trout average 6/8 oz. Large baskets are the norm.


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    Loch Coulbackie

    Fishing season 1st April to 5th October.

    Grid Reference: 872 614

    Elevation: 133m

    Bag Limit: Catch and Release


    Leave the A836 Thurso/Bettyhill road at Grid reference 868651 and follow the road south. This is a rough track so a 4×4 will be necessary to drive to the end and park at 859626. Walk SE for a distance of approximately 1.8km to reach the loch. This loch has been seldom visited in recent times so little is known about the quality of fishing. Historical records have shown fish of over 2lbs being caught in the past, well worth a visit for the determined, adventurous angler.


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      Loch Sgitheanach

      Fishing season 1st April to 5th October.

      Grid Reference: 870 623

      Elevation: 132m

      Bag Limit: Catch and Release


      Leave the A836 Thurso/Bettyhill road at Grid reference 868651 and follow the road south. This is a rough track so a 4×4 will be necessary to drive to the end and park at 859626. Walk ESE for a distance of approximately 1km to reach the loch. This loch has been seldom visited in recent times so little is known about the quality of fishing. Historical records have shown fish of over 2lbs being caught in the past, well worth a visit for the determined, adventurous angler.


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        Loch Achridigill

        Fishing season 1st April to 5th October.

        Grid Reference: 857 612

        Elevation: 153m

        Bag Limit: 6 Fish limit (9″ inch minimum)


        Leave the A836 Thurso/Bettyhill road about 600 meters west of Melvich at grid reference 868651. A gate code must be obtained to access the track that you follow south for about 4 or 5km. This is a rough track so a 4×4 will be necessary to drive to the end and park at 859626. Walk in a southerly direction, past Loch Baligill, keeping to the high ground for a distance of 1.2km.

        Loch Achridigill is a very productive loch for all fishing levels. A boat which will be found on the NW shore is available if booked in advance, otherwise a rocky shoreline requires careful wading but the rocks hold many trout very close in from 6oz to 10oz with the odd larger fish further out. The loch level used to be several feet higher and the east end is shallow and studded with rocks so be very careful when boat fishing. Bags of 50+ may be caught and fish may be kept for the pot.


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          Loch Baligill

          Fishing season 1st April to 5th October.

          Grid Reference: 856 620

          Elevation: 153m

          Bag Limit: Catch and Release


          Leave the A836 Thurso/Bettyhill road about 600 meters west of Melvich at grid reference 868651. A gate code must be obtained to access the track that you follow south for about 4 or 5km. This is a rough track so a 4×4 will be necessary to drive to the end and park at 859626. Walk south and west over the hill  a distance of approximately 800m, and the view opens up to reveal lochs Baligill and Ackridigill to the south with the Orkney Islands also visible over the North Sea on a clear day.

          Loch Baligill is one of the most challenging of club waters with some steep banks   After it was dammed for the local water supply in the late 1970s, there were a few good years of large trout taken from 2lbs to 3.5lbs with one exceptional fish landed in the 1980s of over 8lbs (believed to be the record trout for club waters). However, it is rare to find any other entries of trout over 3lbs in the old game books and in recent years (since the 1990s) very little if any fish have been caught here, although some have been seen on warm, calm evenings. Nothing is known about the best approach to fish this loch but it is certainly one for the hardy specimen hunter and worth a cast when tied in with a trip to the very productive loch Ackridigill. Expect more blanks than productive days – catch-and-release only.


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            Caol North

            Fishing Season 1st April to 30th June.

            Grid Reference: 843 581

            Elevation: 155m

            Bag Limit: Catch and Release


            Leave the A836 Thurso/Bettyhill road in Strathy at Grid reference 841650 and drive south on the east side of the river Strathy for a distance of 7km to park at 828583. A 4×4 or vehicle with high clearance is required to negotiate the final part of the bumpy track. Head east up the hill for an energetic 25-30 minutes, a distance of approximately 1.5km, to reach the loch. Visiting anglers should carry the relevant OS map and a compass.

            Caol has a small head of fish and is undoubtedly an expert’s water.  In recent years the loch has suffered from a number of unlicensed fishermen over-exploiting the loch. Please be vigilant and challenge anyone on the ground to produce the FFFC credentials! No wading is needed here as the banks drop away to several feet in depth and fish often cruise the margins so stay back from the banks and fish carefully. It is worth targeting any rising fish that occasionally appear in flat calms.

            Expect more blank than productive days but Caol has a reputation of producing fish of outstanding quality up to and over 3lbs in weight. One for the determined, experienced angler.


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              Loch a Mhuilinn

              Fishing Season 1st April to 30th June.

              Grid Reference: 873 562

              Elevation: 131m

              Bag Limit: Catch and Release


              Leave A897 Helmsdale/Melvich road at Grid reference 892555, follow the minor road north to park at 889561 and walk west up the hill for a strenuous 20 minutes, a distance of 1.4km. Very little is known about the fishing on Mhuilinn, it is deep enough and fertile enough to hold fish but there is no information to date. Perhaps worth a cast for the adventurous angler.


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                Loch Earacha

                Fishing Season 1st April to 5th October.

                Grid Reference: 898 607
                Elevation: 16m
                Bag Limit: 6 Fish limit (9″ inch minimum)

                Parking is found roadside on the A897 at the north end of the loch next to the field gate – care should be taken not to obstruct access through gate. The 50 meter walk from the car down to the water makes this loch a useful place to visit for anglers unable to explore the further reached lochs within the Club. Over a firm bottom, wading is possible and advantageous in the southerly half of the loch, changing to soft difficult wading in the north half where great care should be taken. As with all lochs, anglers should fish the shallows around the edges of Earacha before wading out. This is particularly true in the late evening when low light conditions give larger fish the cover required to search for food in the shallows. Average fish in the region of 10oz with some over 1lb.


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                  Cross Lochs

                  RSPB Lochs. Fishing season 1st April to 5th October. Three ‘clear rest days’ between angling days.

                  Grid Reference: 869 469

                  Elevation: 181m

                  Bag Limit: Catch and Release


                  Leave the A897 at Grid reference 897510 follow the forestry track to park at Grid reference 861470. A 4×4 or vehicle with high clearance is required to negotiate the bumpy track. The first of the lochs is a short ten minute walk in an ENE direction. The Cross Lochs are a group of 5 small lochs so-called as their layout allegedly forms the shape of a Cross. Of the 5 lochs 3 are named and four are known to contain fish. Expect more blank than productive days though there is always the possibility of one for the ‘glass case’. The first loch is shallow and reedy and can be difficult to fish, though records indicate fish to 1.5lbs being caught. Travelling SE, Mac is the next loch, not a particularly inspiring loch, shallow and peaty in places, but a reputation of producing magnificent trout up to 6.5lbs! Continuing in a SE direction is Willy’s, probably the most productive loch with fish regularly caught up to 2lbs in weight with the occasional bigger fish. Willy’s is easy to wade and fish are caught all over the loch. The final loch is jubilee, quite a large loch, deep in parts and very fertile.  Surprisingly fish in the 12/14oz range can be caught in Jubilee but it is home to some seriously big trout. The majority of the loch is difficult to wade due to a soft bottom though the east bank is safe. The boat, located where the loch narrows on the northerly shore of Willy’s, is available to use on Jubilee also. It will require 2 fit anglers to pull the boat the 20m distance between the lochs and anglers must return the boat to Willy’s after use. For at least one angler aboard, waders are recommended when using a boat on any of the lochs, this is especially true on Willy’s where the boat will have to be pulled through shallow water at times. Please note that Jubilee is out of bounds due to nesting birds for a large part of the season (May-July).


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                    Loch nan Gall

                    Fishing Season 1st April to 5th October.

                    Grid Reference: 867 579

                    Elevation: 117m

                    Bag Limit: 6 Fish limit (9″ inch minimum)


                    Leave A897 Helmsdale/Melvich road at Grid reference 892555, follow the minor road north to park at Upper Bighouse 888575. Follow the track north for a further 400m then head west up the hill to the loch a walk of approximately 25 minutes. Nan Gall has a good head of fish which average 8oz in weight with the occasional larger specimen. Peace and quiet guaranteed in a delightful moorland setting.


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                      Loch na h-Eaglasie Mor (South end)

                      Fishing Season 1st April to 5th October.

                      Grid Reference: 861 599

                      Elevation: 141m

                      Bag Limit: 6 Fish limit (9″ inch minimum)


                      Leave the A836 Thurso/Bettyhill road at Grid reference 868651 and follow the road south. This is a rough track so a 4×4 will be necessary to drive to the end and park at 859626. Eaglaise Mor involves an energetic 3km walk over some wet ground, visiting anglers should carry the relevant OS map and a compass. Walk south keeping to the high ground east of Cnoc Eipteil. Continue walking south passing along the east bank of Achridigill, the northern bank of Eaglaise Mor is a further 15 minute walk. The loch holds a good head of well-conditioned trout which average 10oz in weight. Fish can be caught all over the loch. Despite the challenging walk in Eaglaise Mor is a delightful place to fish, remote, peaceful and amongst the spectacular scenery of the flow country.


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                        Loch nan Clach

                        Fishing Season 1st April to 5th October.

                        Grid Reference: 861 590

                        Elevation: 147m

                        Bag Limit: Catch and Release


                        Leave the A836 Thurso/Bettyhill road at Grid reference 868651 and follow the road south. This is a rough track so a 4×4 will be necessary to drive to the end and park at 859626. Nan Clach involves an energetic 4.2km walk over some wet ground, visiting anglers should carry the relevant OS map and a compass. Walk south keeping to the high ground east of Cnoc Eipteil. Continue walking south passing along the east bank of Achridigill, the northern bank of Eaglaise Mor is a further 15 minute walk. Continue heading south following the east shore of Eaglaise Mor then over the open moor to reach Nan Clach. Little is known about the fishing in this loch but it is well worth a visit combined with other lochs in the area. One for the adventurous angler.


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