Loch Achonachie Angling Club

Come and fish with us and enjoy excellent trout & salmon fishing

in an exceptionally beautiful part of the Scottish Highlands.

Attention all members - Season 2023 - your renewal notice has been sent to you by email and renewal fees will be unchanged in 2023 due to the financial pressures we're all feeling. If you haven't received your notification please email us at Early renewals are very welcome and are in your interest as several of our exchange permit arrangements start up before our own season begins.

The postponed AGM will now be held on Tuesday 7 February 7.30pm in our "home waters" at The Cottage Bar & Restaurant, Maryburgh

Latest club newsletter for Christmas 2022 is at

Pictured below is the sheer joy of a young angler's first ever salmon - from one of our beats on the Upper Conon 1 May 2021 - fish early & often!

New members can download an application form from the website by following this link .... all details for joining online are on the downloadable form.

Loch Achonachie Angling Club controls Salmon fishing on the Upper Conon and Upper Blackwater rivers in the Ross-shire Highlands and wild Brown Trout fishing on both of these rivers along with Loch Meig, Loch Achonachie and Loch Scardroy.

Amongst our waters you can also find fine Sea Trout, Arctic Char, Perch and Pike. Details of permit prices and membership costs are available here. The season in all our waters mainly extends from 1 April to 30 September inclusive for all species. In season 2020 we began opening our waters for Brown Trout on 15 March running until the 6th October. The season for salmon on the Conon system starts 1 April and ends on 30 September.

The club has a membership of almost 300 anglers including some keen junior members in 2022. Fishing is open from 1 April for visitors buying day tickets and it is still possible to join the club by completing the application form via email and paying by BACS or posting the form and paying by cheque. To join the club email

A full set of Club Rules is available by email from

Boats are available for hire on each of the three lochs between 1 April and 30 September.

General safety information for anglers can also be downloaded by Clicking Here.

Disabled Access

The club makes provision for the disabled. There is easy access to the riverbank in designated areas and a 'Wheely Boat' is provided on Loch Meig. The boat has been custom built to accommodate two wheelchairs plus helpers, making for a great day's fishing with a buddy for each wheelchair angler..

Gift Vouchers

The club can provide Gift Vouchers and we can arrange for suitable gifts for Christmas, birthdays and special occasions in any value wanted inclduing annual memebrship. These are available from


View our Instagram gallery below and discover all our lochs have to offer

About Us

Loch Achonachie Angling Club was formed in 1953 by local anglers, to administer the fishings on the Upper Conon, Loch Achonachie, Loch Meig and the Upper Blackwater, on behalf of the then Hydro Electric Board – now SSE.

In 1985, Hydro Electric decided to sell their fishings on the Conon and Blackwater rivers and the club was faced with the possible loss of access to the Upper Conon and Upper Blackwater salmon and trout fishing.

Starting with only £300.00 in the bank, the club set up a fund-raising committee. Through a number of innovative fund-raising schemes, together with grant aid from Ross and Cromarty Leisure Services, help from HIDB, and a sizeable monetary gift from Lochluichart Estate, the club were able to purchase the Upper Blackwater and Upper Conon Salmon and Trout fishing.

The fishing on Loch Achonachie and Loch Meig was retained by Hydro Electric and is let to the club.. Hydro Electric gifted the five wooden boats they owned on the two lochs to the club in 1991. In addition, the club has trout fishing on Loch Beannachrain (Loch Scardroy) at the head of Strathconon, leased annually from the estate owners.

Organisation of the Club

The club is formally constituted and an Executive Committee, which consists of the officers of the club and up to 12 other members, conducts the affairs of the club. The officers of the club consist of a Chairman, a Vice-Chairman, and Treasurer. The immediate past Chairman is also an office bearer. All are elected annually at the AGM held in November and will have previously served on the Committee. The Executive Committee appoints the club Secretary.

The club has over 250 ordinary and junior members and 50 life and honorary members. These members reside primarily in the locality e.g. Strathpeffer, Dingwall, Strathconon, Beauly, Black Isle, Fortrose, Inverness etc. but we do have members from as far away as Glasgow, Orkney, Wolverhampton, London, and Devon. Membership is growing at present and we always aim to increase the number of junior members over each season.

Download our Aims and Objectives document here

If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there'd be a shortage of fishing rods...