North Berwick and The Golf Coast fishing options
If you are visiting North Berwick and the East Lothian golf coast, and looking for the best fishing spots, then read on.
This is a corner of Scotland offering angling diversity, and the convenience of being close proximity to Edinburgh. It is often overlooked by tourists who flock north to the Highlands, making North Berwick, somewhat of a Hidden Gem.
Trout Fishing Near North Berwick
There are a number of excellent still water lochs, offer trout fishing all year.
Coldingham Loch is a spring fed 22 acre loch and one of the first to stock Rainbow Trout in Scotland. Our guides have been fishing this loch for over 30 years. It is located close to the stunning cliff tops at St Abbs head, giving this remarkable loch unique character and bio diversity.
Fishing is best from the boat, and the boats are large and stable enough to accommodate two anglers, with a guide in the middle. Hiring a guide is essential, he will know what patterns work and the best spots for a successful day. He will also keep you safe and provide transport from North Berwick.
Dry Fly Fishing – top of the water sport
Coldingham loch holds a good stock of rainbow trout, wild brown trout and blue trout. Generally the trout respond well to surface dries, and small imitative fly patterns, like chironomids and sparsely tied nymph patterns.
River Whiteadder Salmon, Trout, Sea Trout and Grayling
The Whiteadder is a gem of a river and possibly the best river close to North Berwick. It is a main tributary of the Tweed. In spring it is an excellent salmon river, and fishes best dropping back after a spate. Fishing has improved greatly since the removal of coastal and estuary nets and removal of obstructions on the river, allowing migratory fish a clear passage in to spawning beds.
We have access to a private beat on the Whiteadder, that offer excellent fishing for all species. If the levels are not right for salmon, it’s worth targeting trout and grayling.
It’s possible to fish throughout the winter on the Whiteadder, as it has become a superb grayling river is the last few years. Winter fishing trips can be booked here.
The River Whiteadder is also and excellent venue for hosting our river fishing courses for beginners
Salmon Fishing on the River Tweed, near North Berwick
The River Tweed is less than an hour from North Berwick town centre and offers superb fishing for salmon, trout and grayling. The Tweed salmon season peaks in October and fishing is available right through to the end of November. The River is one of Scotland’s big 4 and is a must do if your are looking to target salmon.
Our fishing guides live and breathe the Tweed. Three of our guides live a stone’s throw from the River Tweed. They can help you understand how to read the river, the best salmon flies to use, and the best techniques to maximise your chances.
In addition The River Whiteadder offers superb salmon, sea trout and brown Trout fishing and is located about 50 minutes from North Berwick.
Sea Fishing in Berwickshire
There are several options for saltwater fishing in and around North Berwick. The Harbour has chartered boats available for day trips to fish for Pollock, Cod, Coalfish and Mackerel. We offer saltwater fly fishing guided trips too and sport can be fantastic.
Our main fishing trips leave from the port of Eyemouth, which is about 40 minutes away and boat fishing around the coast at St Abbs head and some of the wrecks and deep channels in this area.
Finally if you are looking for a unique and special accommodation option near North Berwick, Fenton Tower is a beautifully restored 16th century castle 20 miles east of Edinburgh and 5 minutes from North Berwick.
Please get in touch if you would like to discuss a fishing and or touring holiday in this area, we can help.