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Our Local Area
In this quiet corner of SW Scotland we are privileged to enjoy fishing in two lochs set in beautiful surroundings and approached via minor traffic-free roads. Each is within a fifteen minute drive from Gatehouse of Fleet or Kirkcudbright, where day and boat permits may be obtained.
Loch Whinyeon, a typical boulder-strewn wild Scottish loch surrounded by heather-clad hills, is a world apart – a loch where you might easily find yourself fishing completely alone. A brown trout loch, fished only from the bank, it offers a true escape into wild countryside, and the prospect of catching wild fish of a pound or more. On its day Whinyeon is incomparable; it must be admitted, however, that the fishing can be difficult when the fish choose to ‘stay down’. Take a picnic, and a pair of binoculars; enjoy the rugged walking; you may be lucky enough to enjoy the sighting of an osprey; even, possibly, a golden eagle. Other birds on and around the loch include kestrels, sparrowhawks, raven, grebe, snipe, red kites, graylag geese, mallard, grouse, a common gull colony, skylarks, meadow pipits, sand-pipers, and swallows. Frogs and toads inhabit both our lochs, and otters are also occasionally seen at both.
Lochenbreck Loch is a lowland loch set in beautiful, more cultivated and less rugged countryside. Here the bank fishing is more limited (the Association only has access to about half the shores), and boat-fishing is popular. Stocked monthly with rainbow trout averaging 2 pounds – and with a few weighing from 7 to 13 pounds – the loch offers some of the best value-for-money fishing in the British Isles, and anglers regularly take home the bag limit of four fish. A fish of 12 pounds was caught on the first day of the 2013 season. Even here it is not uncommon to see only one or two boats on the water, and one or two bank fishermen; by English reservoir standards the loch is very lightly fished. Again, buzzards, red kites, and occasionally osprey may be seen wheeling overhead. Kestrels, sparrowhawks mallard, raven and reed bunting are amongst other regular species to be seen. Look out for orchids on the banks.
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Luxury accommodation a field’s distance from the loch may be found at Lochenbreck Byre