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Wild Salmon Fishing

Wild Salmon Fishing

The rights to fish for salmon and fish of the salmon kind are part of ancient rights held by The Crown in Scotland. In many areas these rights have been subsequently granted away by the Crown over the centuries. Those that remain are managed by Crown Estate Scotland. A map showing the remaining coastal netting stations in the East of Scotland are found here, and those remaining in the West of Scotland here.

Salmon fishing rights in Scotland are not always bound to the land where the fishings are located. Title can be held separately. So even where the shore or riverbank is privately owned, the salmon and sea trout fishing rights may lie with the Crown and be managed by us. 

Crown Estate Scotland

  • Works to promote affordable public access to fishing
  • Manages around 140 river salmon fishing tenancies, on around 60 rivers across Scotland, including the Allan Water, the River Leader, the Findhorn, the Stinchar, the Clyde, the Almond and the Forth. The majority, by length of fishing, are let to angling clubs, providing access to reasonably priced salmon fishing rights to local communities
  • Improves fisheries and works with anglers to promote responsible management of fishing
  • Conserves fisheries by supporting local conservation policies and best practise through lease arrangements and limiting the number of rods.
  • We do not let or operate coastal netting rights (our predecessor The Crown Estate stopped doing so in the early 1990s) which supports the Scottish Government conservation aims of wild fishery reform to reduce exploitation of vulnerable stocks in Scottish domestic water. A map showing remaining Crown coastal stations is here

We work in partnership with our tenant angling associations in their continued efforts to recruit and retain members. Find your local angling association, download a map or list of rivers, beats and contact details here.

As part of this, salmon fishing tenants on category 3 rivers will recieve a 25% rent rebate for the 2018 season to help clubs invest in activities that support habitat management and / or recruit members. This affects 34 out of our 140 fishing tenancies spanning 17 different rivers in Scotland.

In category 3 rivers, as assessed by Marine Scotland, all salmon that are caught must be released again into the water. This has led to clubs in these areas losing fishermen, threatening the viability of clubs which have a vital role to play in monitoring and managing fishing.

For the 2016 season, we gave a 50% rebate for tenants on category 3 rivers and in 2017 we gave a 25% discount. We hope these measures are helping angling clubs - we are pleased to have already recieved feedback from a number of angling association tenants that this action is appreciated.

Find out more: 

  • Please contact Toby Metcalfe at Savills on 0131 344 0885