Kinloch Estate, Sutherland, Scotland
Located in Sutherland on the wild and rugged north west Scottish coastline is Kinloch Lodge, a fly fishing lodge that is redefining the Scottish fly fishing experience.
In recent years a number of traditional Victorian sporting estates in this remote corner of Scotland have been combined into a single enterprise, brought together under the ownership of WildLand Limited. Wholly managed within this new enterprise and under WildLand Limited's overarching ethos of conservation and light touch eco-tourism are three individually unique, yet quintessentially Scottish, fly fisheries that range from sea shore to summit.
Bringing together these fisheries under a single lodge, and a willingness to break with tradition, allows the guide team the freedom to create truly flexible daily itineraries. With advice from the estate ghillies and led by prevailing conditions, tides, season and our sense of the best fly fishing opportunities, guests and guides are free to roam across this vast area. On any given day you could be fishing at sunrise, skating flies for grilse and sea trout, throwing dry flies at wild browns during a leisurely lunch/siesta on the shoulder of Ben Loyal, then closing out the day with a few hours "Dapping" on Loch Hope. With so many fishing options, pressure is very light in each area and all the fisheries are regularly rested, if not for significant periods every day. In keeping with the strong conservation ethic of WildLand Limited, a 100% release policy is operated across all of the fisheries for all migratory species.
The wonderful fly fishing is complimented with a stay in the beautiful, yet modest, Kinloch Lodge. Completely restored and renovated throughout, it retains its traditional Scottish charm as well as the simplicity and freshness of subtle Scandinavian design themes. Energy levels are kept high with the exceptional food on offer at Kinloch. With an emphasis on fresh, high quality ingredients meals reflect local and seasonal produce. Dinner is complimented with wines carefully selected for each course. Our guests can also enjoy complimentary soft drinks and a house beer.
Available for up to 12 guests and a maximum of 8 rods on a half/full week basis. Prices start at £1,575 per person ( Three nights full board, three days guided fly fishing, all inc)
1 - 8 July 2018: SOLD OUT
29 July - 4 Aug 2018: SOLD OUT
5 - 12 August 2018: 8 x Open Rods
12 - 19 August 2018: 8 x Open Rods
We are now taking bookings for 2019, although we have very limited spaces in left in July.
30 June 2019 - Reserved
28 July 2019 - Reserved
11 Aug 2019 - 8 x Open Rods
25 Aug 2019 - 8 x Open Rods
This short, small Atlantic salmon river tumbles out of Loch Hope, through stunning vistas and at its best offers some of the most exciting and visual fly fishing you can find. With tide fresh salmon, grilse and sea trout being taken on skated and hitched flies, as well as more traditional wet patterns in its small rocky pools. Tides play a huge role in the daily fishing schedule especially in periods of low water and sessions can often begin at sunrise and finish for breakfast. The river fishes a maximum of three rods and is rested for long periods.
Intimate is word to describe the Kinloch River. This rough, rocky little river represents a classic highland spate river. It needs rainfall and when you can see the burns flowing white through the hills, and the river looks like a waterfall of beer, then it comes alive with Atlantic salmon. With the upper reaches considered a reserve for salmon, guests need to exercise stealth and skill when approaching the tiny pools in the lower reaches and make accurate casts. Within walking distance from the lodge its a fantastic place just to sit with friends and watch salmon making their way through the system.
Hope in name and Hope in nature. Scotland was once blessed with a number of world renowned “loch-style” sea trout fisheries. Icons like Loch Maree and Loch Stack, sadly now laid low by poorly managed salmon farms. However, with the sea trout of Loch Hope able to avoid the impacts of these farms it remains as a shining example of what is possible. As good as it was a hundred years ago and truly unique to Scotland this style of fly fishing sees guests fishing from a traditional “loch boat” set across the wind, drifting with the waves at their back and trying, rarely more than a long cast from shore, to tempt large sea trout to the surface with bushy, hairy, palmered hackle wet flies fished on the surface. The traditional method of “Dapping” is still widely practiced and incredibly exciting. The lochs are large and fish best with a strong wind and breaking waves. Immersed in awe inspiring Scottish landscapes under the hanging rock faces of Ben Hope, there’s nothing like it anywhere else in the world.
Wild trout lochs
High in hills of all this wild land is an abundance of lochs, brimming with ancient populations of brown trout. Short hikes across the moor, surrounded by beautiful landscapes, this is simple fly fishing that will take you back to your childhood. Whether resting the salmon rivers or recovering from a sunrise session, this is lovely way to spend a few hours relaxing with friends.