Britain is full to the brim with picturesque places to cast your line. From freshwater fishing to coastal angling spots, the UK holds a wealth of places to fish – and you don’t have to leave the family out!
When we asked what your top fishing holiday destinations were in our Big Fishing Survey, New Zealand, Spain and Norway figured highly. But there are plenty of destinations closer to home that are well worth bringing your fishing tackle to.
The holiday experts at Cottages in Northumberland have found you some of the best fishing spots in the North of Britain – with tips on nearby activities and accommodation options, so that you’ll get some good fishing in, and find great things to do with your family.
This North Eastern river has been named Britain’s best salmon fishing spot, and you’ll find first-class trout fishing opportunities here too. The Tyne is also one of the most affordable fishing opportunities anywhere in the country, with day passes available and a number of locations where you can fish for free. With 30lb fish regularly caught in this freshwater hotspot, you’ll certainly get your money’s worth!
Regular dam releases from Kielder Water to the North Tyne are a welcome bonus when nearby rivers are low – meaning it’s always salmon fishing season!
When your day of angling in Northumberland is over, cosy accommodation isn’t far away. Bordering Kielder Forest, you’ll find a number of local towns and villages home to unique self-catering Northumberland cottages – a perfect way to spend a relaxing night in the region.
Looking for spectacular night views too? The county’s incredible Dark Skies give you the spectacle of the Milky Way and shooting stars. On darker nights, the sky lights up with astonishing meteor showers – best seen from May to July.
Amble is a quaint harbour village nestled in the heart of Northumberland, and a favourite spot for many local fishermen. Start your trip at the nearby Amble’s Angling Centre to stock up on bait and gather some local knowledge before you get started. You’ll find plaice and mackerel in abundance here – and if you fancy going a little further afield, you could always charter a fishing boat from Amble’s marina and try for some cod!
One mile south-east of Amble, you’ll find the famous Coquet Island nature reserve. It’s home to over 35,000 local nesting birds during the summer months, and a 600-strong colony of playful seals! Take a boat trip from Amble harbour to the island to see the wonderful local wildlife up close.
Cosy coastal cottages can be found throughout Amble and in the surrounding towns of Warkworth and Alnmouth. You have plenty of options when it comes to finding self catering seaside accommodation.
Loch Lomond is Scotland’s largest freshwater loch. At 24.5 miles in length, it’s home to over 30 unique islands. You need a permit to fish in Loch Lomond’s beautiful freshwater, which is easy to arrange at one of the many outlets found through Trossachs National Park.
Loch Lomond offers the chance to catch salmon, sea trout, brown trout and a variety of coarse fish – but pay close attention to local angling law before embarking on your fishing trip.
With no less than 2628 cubic metres of water in the stunning Loch, this is an ideal spot for white-knuckle watersports. From wakeboarding to speed boat tours, thrill-seekers make their pilgrimage to this Scottish hotspot every year in search of a new adventure.
Trossachs National Park
The Trossachs National Park gives keen predator anglers a chance to take part in a range of guided pike fishing trips, surrounded by some of Scotland’s most breath-taking scenery.
Guided fishing is available all year round, even on Sundays, for access to some of the country’s most exciting fishing opportunities – with everything from one-day excursions to week-long fishing holidays on offer.
To get the most out of your visit, test your mettle on West Highland Way – a challenging walk which passes through the Trossachs National Park – and when it’s time to rest your head, there are plenty of lovely log cabins nearby to suit all budgets.
Lake District National Park
Freshwater fishing in the Lake District National Park is an unmissable experience. Brown trout, salmon and sea trout are all abundant in many of its rivers, and there are superb pike and coarse fishing opportunities in many of the larger lakes.
Local Angling Associations are your go-to authority when it comes to fishing in this National Park, with daily and weekly permits up for grabs. If you don’t want to get another permit, you can fish for free on Ullswater, Windermere and Coniston Water.
The National Park is packed with fascinating history, and offers access to a number of famous historical sites – including Muncaster Castle, Lowther Castle and Rydal Mount (widely known as Wordsworth’s much-loved family home).
With a huge variety of local wildlife living in and around the park, you’ll find no shortage of extraordinary experiences here. And the wide selection of local inns, barns and B&Bs make finding a place to stay simple – guaranteeing that your Cumbrian fishing trip comes with first-grade accommodation.
St. Bees Head
St. Bees Head on the Cumbrian Coastal Way is a headland home to mackerel, bass, pollock, and a wide range of other species. There’s some great fishing from St. Bees Head but in wet weather or on dark nights, much caution is advised, as the climb to the better spots becomes treacherous.
It’s helpful to bring someone familiar with the area when you visit this Cumbrian highlight. The fishing can bring dividends, but the cliffs take some careful navigation!
For a taste of days gone by, visit St. Bees Priory Church – founded around 1120 and beautifully preserved, with gorgeous Early English Gothic arches found inside the priory’s nave.
There’s plenty for kids too – in nearby Workington they can immerse themselves in laser tag and tenpin bowling at the Eclipse Leisure Centre, or just a little further on in Maryport, West Coast Karting lets any budding Lewis Hamiltons shine!
You’ll find a diverse range of accommodation options in and around the village of St. Bees Head, from hotels and guest houses to farm lodges and barns – meaning visitors of all tastes and requirements will find their perfect place to stay.
Take your pick!
Whether you’re a fan of freshwater fishing or prefer a coastal experience, Britain is an angler’s paradise – packed with popular fishing hotspots and more obscure gems.
The key to having a satisfying trip is to do your research in advance – and to make sure you take care of any necessary permits and payments. After that, the UK is your oyster!