Loch Migdale – fishing and walking

Migdale Loch is a small loch of the Sutherland district of Highland Council Area, Loch Migdale lies a mile (2 km) east of Bonar Bridge. A crannog and small henge here were excavated by Channel 4 television’s Time Team in 2004.

Loch Migdale Trout Fishing, wild trout fishing in a beautiful setting near Bonar Bridge. Average size 3/4lb with fish to 4lbs taken and the occasional salmon. Mayfly in July with generally good fly life. Contact 01863 766242, boat, bank and float tube.

Contact Rob Jones for Permits & Boats, Bank Fishing, Tackle. Rob Jones has boats available, cost £20 per day. Outboards £20 including fuel. Ghillie available £70 per day including boat, bookable in advance. Where available boats may be booked from 5 p.m. until dusk at £10 a session.

THE KYLE OF SUTHERLAND is world renowned for the quality of its salmon angling, the majority of fishing on the Kyle is controlled by the Kyle of Sutherland Angling Association (KOSAA), angling along the kyle is from the 1st June until the 30th September with good salmon and sea trout catches recorded annually, excellent wild brown trout fishing on four local lochs is also available from March until October. More about the KOSAA

Day and weekly permits and boat hire are available through the Invershin Hotel, the fishing of the main tributaies may also be arranged (when available) through the Hotel, for guests only.

Two self catering Bothy’s are available from April for anglers, weekly lets only,sleeping up to four, use of a 10ft pioneer rowing boat is available, free of charge, for angling guests only when purchasing a weekly or daily salmon ticket, advice on flies and hot spots is freely given.

Weekly ticket.£150, Day ticket £33 available on request.

Bothy Tariff. £410 per week

Walking along Loch Migdale
This, there and back walk passes through beautiful mixed woodland and alongside Loch Migdale. Follow the track through the woodland, down to Loch Migdale – rich in birdlife. If you have transport arranged the walk can be done in one direction only, or could be combined with the Spinningdale Burn walk as a longer through route.

Redstarts and Spotted Flycatchers are fairly common but Wood Warblers and Tree Pipits are more restricted in their distribution with the area around Loch Migdale and Spinningdale oak wood being particularly good. The track along the north side of Loch Migdale makes a particularly pleasant walk and the East Sutherland Bird Group has a regular May field meeting with Wood Warbler, Tree Pipit and Redstart as particular favourites, while Redpolls, Siskins and sometimes Crossbills all add to the variety.

How to get there:
3 km north of Bonar Bridge. Follow the sign to the golf course, going up the hill from the centre of the village. Go past the course and on your right the loch comes in to view. Continue 300 metres until you come to the ‘Loch Migdale’ sign, then turn right past the church. After 100 metres you will see a gate on your right with a sign ‘Migdale Trout, East Gilgo’. Pass through the gate and down towards the loch. Permits are available at the house, by the loch-side.

Loch Migdale, Bonar Bridge

Contact Rob Jones
Phone: 01863 766242
Mobile: 07710 534418
Email: i…@fishmigdale.co.uk
Web: http://www.fishmigdale.co.uk/

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