Ardanaiseig presents a spectacular view of Loch Awe, framed by snow-capped mountains and gnarled trees. However, there’s more to the water than just its picturesque beauty and for those looking for an immersive experience, how about a spot of fishing?
At 25 miles long, Awe is Scotland’s longest freshwater loch and a well-known destination for anglers. During the fishing season – which generally spans from mid-March to early October – the loch boasts a variety of fish including trout, pike, and arctic char. If you like a bit of competition, then put your rod to the test and try your hand at breaking the British rod-caught record of a ferox brown trout weighing 31lb 12oz, which was caught right here on Loch Awe! These predatory trout get their large size from feeding on other fish, and are famed throughout the region.
Ardanaiseig’s jetty provides the starting point for many fishing adventures
Groundskeeper Steve knows the best places to go in search of a tasty catch and is happy to take guests out on the water in one of our rowboats. Early in the season, the best place for fishing is in fairly deep water and it is advisable to use a heavy sinking wet line fly or spinners, so fly fishing and spinning are the best options. As the season progresses into summer, conditions for fishing improve and even at the end of the year there is still always the chance of catching winter pike.
Fishing expeditions can travel up Loch Awe to Kilchurn Castle
Depending on wind and weather conditions, fly fishing is a fun option, especially around the loch’s islands. Good results are often to be had up the loch at Kilchurn Castle, as the bay there has been known to yield pike of up to 17lbs.
Why not spend the day fishing in the shadow of Kilchurn Castle
However, if you prefer to keep your feet on dry land, head to the pond in Ardanaiseig’s grounds, where you might just catch a small brown trout or two. These can weigh up to 8oz and are some of the best tasting brown trout in the area.
Under the gaze of Ardanaiseig, this pond provides a tranquil place to fish
Many guests bring their own fishing equipment to ensure they have everything they need, however we can help find you basic equipment, if necessary. For those who do make a tasty catch, the chefs in the kitchen are quite happy to cook it up, so an afternoon’s handiwork can be enjoyed first hand.
Written by Rosalea Collinge