Oykel (including Loch Ailsh and Loch Shin)

Rising on Ben More Assynt (3,273 feet), the Oykel soon enters Loch Ailsh, flowing south to Oykel

Bridge where it swings east to enter Dornoch Firth. The famous Kyle of Sutherland isformed by the junction of the Oykel, and the Cas-sley and, lower down, with the Shin. It is an area of great angling interest. The rivers change all the time: stemmed at high tide they can become like canals only to change into streamy glides between pools when the tide ebbs. Not big, the Oykel provides excellent salmon fishing in spring (especially on the lower beats) and in summer. There is some chance of beats for visitors but they are not cheap and advance booking is an absolute must. Results are reckoned to justify the cost, ten salmon to one rod on fly in a day being reported!

Loch Ailsh, through which the Oykel passes, provides good brown trout fishing with sea trout from mid to late July. SOS: Feb 11-Aug 26 (Net); Jan 11-Sept 30 (R&L)

Rosehall, Sutherland, GrampianS ?-Entire river (13 miles)BB DT: ARO (Benmore Estate Office, Bonar Bridge. Tel: Ardgay366) Jan11-Sept30g

Oykel Tributaries


Rising near Ben Dearg (3,547 feet) in Ross and Cromarty, the Carron flows east through Wester

Greenyards and Doonie to enter

Dornoch Firth near Bonar Bridge. It offers good salmon and sea trout.


Flowing from the eastern slopes of

Ben More Assynt to join the Oykel near Rosehall, the Cassley is a spring river followed through by good runs of sea trout and grilse in the summer when it is very much a spate river.

Rosehall, Sutherland, HighlandS ?-7milesinareaBB

Weekly bookings. All enquiries to

Bell-Ingram, 7, Walker Street,

Edinburgh. EH3 7JY

Overscaig, Sutherland, Highland

From Glen Muic Falls to topLB “-Overscaig. T:Merkland 203. rooms (3=Jt)


Draining the huge Loch Shin, this river which flows from Lairg to join the Oykel below Achinduich, is another which has been subjected to hydro-electric operations and is considered a shadow of its former self. Nevertheless, it still yields good spring salmon fishing from

March to May with moderate summer runs.

SOS: Feb 11-Aug 26 (Net); Jan Sept 30 (R&L)

Lairg, Sutherland, HighlandTS 4j miles from Grief Pool to Bridge PoolBB SutherlandArms. T:Lairg 2291.29 rooms (13c51). Hotel also offers residents fishing, on four hill lochs in area — I Mid-Aug-Sept30(S);May1-Sept30 (T) Shin Record

Salmon: 35-0-0 Dr H H Almond (fly) Mar 1 Palmoodie Burn. See R. Annan Palnure Burn. See R. Cree Penkiln Burn. See R. Cree