Fishing on the River South Esk

Glen Clova is the perfect base for a fishing trip in Scotland. Fishing on the River South Esk and surrounding area can be arranged with our fishing partner, Alba Game Fishing.

The South Esk rises high in the Grampian Mountains above the Glen Clova Hotel and drains the wilderness areas of the Glen Doll before winding its way to the North Sea at Montrose via Montrose Basin.

Salmon are present in the river when the season opens on February 16th, but they are slow to pass upstream in low temperatures due to the dam at Kinnaird (near Brechin) and other obstacles further upstream. Fresh fish quickly run upstream once the temperature rises to 6°C and the water levels are suitable. The middle reaches usually enjoy their sport around mid-March. In a normal year, the second week of April will be the arrival of fresh springers in Glen Clova. May is the best month for spring salmon fishing. Given water, grilse arrive on summer floods from June onwards and later in the season. Some larger salmon arrive until the season closes on October 31st.

Tailored fishing packages

Alba Game Fishing can tailor a package to suit your requirements. Further information and prices are on their website.

Places to fish near Glen Clova

The River South Esk*

£20.00 per rod per half-day
£30.00 per rod per day

Loch Heath* 

Stocked with quality rainbow and brown trout of varying sizes providing great sport for anglers of all abilities. The brown trout season is April 4th to October 6th. All brown trout caught outwith the season must be returned unharmed. The loch is fly fishing only.

  • Half-day catch and release £15.00
  • Full-day catch and release £25.00
  • Full-day (keep 3 fish) £30.00
  • Parent and child (keep 4 fish) £30.00

Loch Brandy

A natural hill loch in a dramatic setting with plentiful numbers of wild brown trout, smallish in size but feisty. Access is by foot from the hotel.

*Please note that all prices are subject to change, you should call the hotel reception on 01575 550350 if you wish to confirm prices

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Our historic country hotel dates back to the Drovers Inn of the 1850’s. The charm and history has been carefully preserved combined with all you need for modern day living, making this the ultimate Scottish get away.

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