Salmon fishing in Ayrshire
Ayrshire is renowned for its beaches, beautiful coastline, golf courses and of course Rabbie Burns. It is also blessed with six principal salmon rivers, each of which has its own character. There are only 37 miles between the mouth of the most southerly river, the Stinchar, and the Irvine and Garnock estuary in North Ayrshire. There can be few areas in Scotland with as wide a range of productive salmon rivers in such close proximity.
Ayrshire is Scotland's largest lowland county covering a diverse range of landscapes, geology and landuse. The catchments in the north of Ayrshire are more heavily populated and landuse is more intensive. In the south of the county the human population density is much less and the landscape is more upland, with the Southern Upland Fault crossing through the upper reaches of the Doon, Girvan and Stinchar catchments.
Where to fish
Details of fishing available on the website can be found in the availability page (see under Booking fishing in left hand menu). Local rods have their own particular favourite rivers and there is considerable demand for the best fishing. Changing trends in salmon angling means that access to prime fishing has opened up with many beats now operating on a day ticket basis. It is anticipated that the launch of FishAyrshire will increase availability of salmon angling in the county.
Middle reaches of the River Doon