The Cape Wrath is situated in the remotest part of the UK, the Cape Wrath Hotel stands on a peninsula in the unspoilt northwestern corner of Scotland. Overlooking the Kyle of Durness, you will marvel at the sheer magnificence of the scenery, heather clad moorland alive with wildlife, picturesque lochs and rivers teeming with fish, and the rugged grandeur of mountains rising up from glens gouged during the last ice-age.
Hotel has 40,000 acres of protected land, much of which is a site of special scientific interest; under the stewardship of SNH due to the rare flora and fauna, such as the unique Primula Scotica, waiting to enchant you and of course, the famous Clo Mor Cliffs, 281 meters (920 ft), the highest cliffs in the country, which are home to thousands of sea birds. Also offer you the most northerly Golf Course in the land to challenge your golfing skills. The Cape Wrath Hotel offers stunning views of heather clad moorland, picturesque lochs, and the rugged mountains. The hotel serves excellent home-cooked meals, complimented by an extensive wine list.
Fishing or Angling services
The Cape Wrath Hotel, who manage these lochs, is in the village of Durness which is situated on the very Northwest corner of Scotland. Permits for hill lochs on Cape Wrath and Lochs Borralie, Caladail, Croispol and Lanlish. The lochs are for hotel guests but some permits may be available for the visitor. All the lochs are fly only, and boats are available for hire. The lochs can be found on OS Map 9 “Cape Wrath” 1:50,000 series. You should also check out the limestone lochs around Cape Wrath – the clarity of the water and beauty of the fish is a sight to behold. The Cape Wrath Hotel incorporates modern standards of comfort and service without loosing the charm of a genuine Highland Fishing Hotel.
Assynt Angling Group, the Assynt Angling Club and 8 local landowner have joined together to offer access to 150 lochs in the area including 20 with boats. The fishing is for wild brown trout and ferox with 5 lochs offering salmon and sea trout fishing. Trout average 6 to 12 ounces with a few fish over the 4lb mark taken every year. This is fishing in the raw, no stockies. Permits from a number of sources in the area cost from £5 per day with no extra charge for the salmon and sea trout fishing.
Cape Wrath Hotel has fishing on Borrelaidh (Borallie), Caladail, Croispol and Lanlish, call 01971 511212; Durness and Kinochbervie AC have a boat on Croispol, permits from the Oasis Camp Site, Durness, call +44 (0)197 151-1212.
The Cape Wrath Lochs
This loch lies at the back of the hotel. It is a large loch with an island about half way down. Casting from the bank is fairly easy, but the water is usually crystal clear so you have to be wary of scaring any fish lying near the bank. The fish in these lochs are very silvery with lots of black spots, more like sea trout than browns, they also grow very big with a 2lb trout being a small one so fish with a stronger tippet than usual.
Situated on the golf course this small loch holds some of the biggest fish, with fish under 2 lbs to be returned to the water. The wind in this corner of Scotland can be very strong and this loch with its open aspect can be difficult to fish, but it is worth the effort when you hook up to a fighting powerhouse that will take all your skill to land.
You can look down on this loch from the road leading to Balnakeil Bay. The water is very clear and the weed on the bottom can be clearly seen from the boat with the bolt holes of the trout dotted here and there. A very demanding loch to fish.
The Cape Wrath Hotel
Tel: 01971 511212
Cape Wrath Hotel
Durness By Lairg Inverness
Sutherland IV27 4SW