Fishing in Pitlochry, Highland Perthshire

Pitlochry Fishing Hotels

Pitlochry, Highland Perthsire is an ideal spot for fishing in Scotland, offering a platform for those with experience or beginners still learning their craft. It is estimated that over 6500 fish run up the Pitlochry dam each year, with population levels fluctuating at different times throughout the year. The dam gives the fish an ideal environment and acts as a temperature barrier, meaning there is always a good head of fish below the dam. Fly fishing is the most popular form of catching fish here, but spinning is allowed. The area focuses on conservation of these wonderful species of fish and it is encouraged to return your first fish of the day, keeping the second for your dinner if you so choose.

Fishing Seasons

Atlantic salmon fishing at Pitlochry Dam is highly regarded, the main runs of salmon on the River Tummel occur between February and July, but salmon are caught right up to the end of the season on October 15. Further upstream the Ruan Ruarie beat, off the River Garry offers interesting and challenging fishing for salmon and grilse from late April until October, the best fishing months are between June and October. The season for brown trout fishing on the rivers is from March 15 to 6 October inclusive. Pitlochry Angling Club’s lochs open on April 1st each year, conditions permitting. Grayling may be caught on the River Tummel throughout the year. The angling season for salmon and sea trout on the rivers Tummel and Garry is January 15 to October 15.

It's essential to check the season for fishing as some species are illegal during certain times of the year. For a comprehensive list of dates visit here.

Licences can be purchased online, in person or by phone at the Post Office. For more information and a full list of pricing, see here.

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River Tummel

The River Tummel is a dam release river and one of the most abundant tributaries of the Tay, discharging from Loch Rannoch. Approximately five miles long, the river provides some of the finest salmon fly fishing waters in Scotland, especially during spring time. The quaint surrounding scenery provides the perfect backdrop for a day spent fishing and picnicking on the banks of the river.  

Fishing is available throughout the year with fish landing in January, increasing from mid-February onwards. Salmon arrive on the scene in March and stick around to June. In summer brown trout, sea trout and grilse are available and in winter try your hand at catching a winter grayling.


By car: 2 minutes.

By foot: 10 minutes.

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Pitlochry Fish Ladder

The fish ladder is built into Loch Faskally dam, along with a public viewing gallery.  The loch itself is nestled between two hills, providing a natural shelter. The water body is around 4 km long and fluctuates between 50m to 800m in width.

From April until October spectators can observe the salmon as they pass through the ladder, allowing the salmon to travel up and over the dam to make their way upstream to their ancestral spawning grounds.


By car: 2 minutes. Google directions.

By foot: 15 minutes. Google directions.

Pitlochry Dam Fishladder

Eat & Drink

Before or after you go out on the river, have a drink or something to eat at our Faskally Restaurant & Bar which serves traditional Scottish dishes with a contemporary flair. The bar and lounge also provides a range of hot and cold drinks, an extensive wine list, local ales, beers and over 40 single malt whiskies. 

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Combine a fishing trip in Pitlochry with a stay at Scotland's Hotel & Lesiure Club. We offer standard and executive guestrooms as well as private houses, We also have a leisure club with a swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, gym and beauty treatment rooms. View our latest offers & breaks.

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