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Markle, near East Linton


Markle Fisheries is set in the beautiful East Lothian countryside, adjacent to East Linton, and is only 25 minutes south-east of Edinburgh.We have been established for almost ten years and are still going strong. The fishery comprises of three lochans the Markle, Monastery, and Kin Lochs totaling 10 acres. The lochs are easily accessible for bank fishing only and are adjacent to the Lodge and large car park.

Please note that the full day (£20.00 3 fish limit then catch and release) ticket is available online.


The fishery is a member of the Association of Scottish Stillwater Fisheries ensuring that high standards of facilities and services are provided and maintained. We have been awarded a Highly Commended 2 star rating by VisitScotland. We are also a registered TroutMasters water. The centrally located Lodge provides ladies and gents toilets, hot and cold drinks, and our onsite tackle shop. This shop is run in conjunction with Mike's Tackle Shop of Portobello and provides a selection of rods and reels, flies, nylon, fly boxes, etc. Fresh bait is also available, and a rod hire service means the visiting angler who hasn't brought their gear can still do some fishing! Our aim is to make your visit an enjoyable and memorable one and our friendly staff will endeavour to ensure you will want to come back again.

The Markle Loch is the largest in the complex and is 5.5 acres of total fishing. Varying in depth from 5-20ft it is often gin clear and provides the ultimate challenge. Platforms are provided to enable anglers to get that little bit further out and are required when fishing under the cliff due to the steep bank behind. This is where you will find the deepest water. Being a rich and fertile lowland water it can colour up, but then spectacular daphnia blooms occur and the fishing can often be that little bit easier. Orange lures are then a must. Fish rise regularly on this water, and the largest brown trout inhabit it too. Evening sport, especially in May/June/July, can be superb. Daytime in September, with a nice ripple or even a wave, is when to try the deadly Daddy.

The Markle Loch is the jewel in the crown of the fishery and, quite rightly, holds a special place in Scottish stillwater angling.

The Monastery Loch is the smallest in the fishery complex at 2.5 acres but while it may lack size it certainly makes up for this with action! The evening rises, particularly in late spring and early summer, can be awesome. The water literally boils as the fish switch on to huge hatches of buzzers. This tidy little water is also a firm favourite with beginners because the banks are cut short - less to snag when learning to cast. However, again do not be fooled by the size of the water as there are some really large fellows in residence - the largest fish taken so far being a rainbow of 20lb 12oz.

Bait fishing was introduced to Markle Fisheries in 1999 when the then unused Kin Loch was drained and dug out to increase its depth. This water was stocked initially with coarse fish (rudd, carp, tench) to check water quality and then trout were added. Trout are now stocked on a weekly basis and the coarse fish have gone from strength to strength. Youngsters especially enjoy this bait loch as it is an easier introduction to fishing than picking up a fly rod for the first time! It also means that all members of the family can have a go without worrying about how to cast.

At Markle Fisheries we offer a range and variety of prices to suit our customers. Perhaps we are not the cheapest fishery but we believe in value for money and that is what we endeavour to provide. Be it a full day, a half day, or a short family visit we will tailor make your visit to suit.

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Markle Fisheries,
East Linton,
East Lothian
EH40 3EB

Phone: 01620 861213