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Why fish the Nith

Historically, salmon fishing has been renowned in Scotland, but don’t forget we also have wonderful trout and grayling fly fishing in rivers and lochs. FishPal also has some excellent coarse fishing opportunities. Take a look at the Fisheries list in the menu to do a search for Salmon, sea trout, brown trout or grayling, to review availability and plan your next fishing adventure. Catches, river reports and river levels are also available in the menu as well as tackle advice, guiding and fishing regulations.


The River Nith in Dumfries & Galloway is one of Scotland's most productive rivers, both for salmon and sea trout, making it a particularly attractive watercourse to fish. Its character varies from steep-sided wooded gorges and long glides in the upper river, through fast moving pools and runs in rich fertile pastoral land further downstream.




About the river


Given the correct water levels, there are few Scottish rivers which can match the quality of the fishing to be had on the River Nith, and the majority of such fishing is readily available to visiting anglers. There are no major lochs or dams in the catchment so the flow is largely rain dependant and relies on the input from a series of tributaries.

The crystal-clear water of the River Nith rises deep in Robert Burns' country above New Cumnock (where it is joined by his Sweet Afton) in southern Ayrshire, wending its way southwards accompanied by the A76 to Dumfries, through the beautiful Nithsdale landscape before ultimately spilling into the Nith Estuary at the Solway.

Throughout its long and twisting journey, with its many tributaries, the Nith travels through stunning and varied landscape, from the dramatic Lowther Hills in the north, through the exceptional and tranquil scenery of the Queensberry Estate. Here the magnificent, historic Drumlanrig Castle, 17th Century Dumfriesshire home of the Dukes of Buccleuch & Queensberry, provides a majestic backdrop to this powerful river.

Blackwood Fishings


On through the pretty pastoral lands of Mid Nithsdale, passing Ellisland Farm, home to Robert Burns, the farmer and exciseman as well as national poet. The six-arched Devorgilla bridge (the oldest multiple-arched stone bridge in Scotland) straddles the river at its entrance to the attractive and popular town of Dumfries.

The river course continues on its way through the flatlands around Caerlaverock where haaf netting is a common sight and onto its journey's end at the Nith estuary at Glencaple on the Solway Firth.

Along this route are several fisheries offering excellent Salmon and Sea Trout opportunities for fishermen of all abilities.