The river Spey is one of the longest rivers in Britain. It starts  in the Monadhliath mountains and continues for over 100 miles to the coast at Spey bay near Fochabers.  The river Spey is about 6 miles from Hillview Cottage at Ballindalloch.

The river Spey  provides a variety of high quality fishing throughout the year. It is the fastest flowing river in Britain. It has an excellent stock of native Brown trout which will rise to a dry fly between May and September. The Sea trout runs on the Spey are probably the best in the UK

The Spey is traditionally known for it’s Spring Salmon. The Grilse runs can also be excellent.

The Spey is a great fly fishing river. It is broad but not generally fishing scotland accommodationdeep and there is always a good push of water across its whole width. The water is generally clear though peat tinged and it flows at consistent good fishing levels throughout Spring and into Summer, having benefit of snow melt from the high mountains above.

The river Avon is about 6 miles from Hillview cottage and is possibly the most beautiful river in Scotland. It rises at Loch Avon, a wild and beautiful place, home to Eagles and Ptarmigan, nestling behind Cairngorm mountain.

It starts as a rush over gravel turning south at Inchrory and descending past Tomintoul into the delightful valley below. It is a swift river that cascades through streams, runs and pools down to Ballindalloch where it joins the Spey.

The water of Avon is incredibly clear. Make sure to approach as quietly as possible as the fish will spot you.

The Avon, being it’s major tributary, attracts about one third of all fish entering the Spey system. It’s water tends to be colder than that of the Spey and hence the fish tend to run a little later (April as compared to February).

family fishing scotlandOnce they enter, fish can run fast and be scattered throughout the system, up to Tomintoul, from May onward.

Places close to Hillview Cottage to fish:

On Glenlivet estate ( 2 to 10 miles from cottage) you can fish the River Avon and the River Livet to find out more about go to

Any of the famous beats on the river Spey between Grantown on Spey and Rothes are easily accessible from Glenlivet; and this is also true of the whole of the river Avon downstream of Tomintoul. It is also only 35 miles to the River Dee at Ballater.

Tickets can be bought to fish the local beat of the Livet.
A site that may be worth looking at is

Sea Fishing – Dolphin & Seal watching are also close by.

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