Salmon Guides & Ghillies in Scotland

Salmon Guides & Ghillies in ScotlandWhether you’re fishing a Caribbean bonefish flat or Scottish salmon river, there’s no substitute for a little local knowledge.

And the reality of a fishing holiday means we seldom have the luxury of putting in the required time to unlock a river’s secrets. That’s where the value of a fishing guide comes in.

Ghillies in Scotland traditionally work a particular beat – they’ll usually meet you on arrival, show you the water, dispense a few tips and leave you to fish. If they’ve time, they may escort you while you fish. Guides, on the other hand, generally provide a more “comprehensive” experience. Fishing guides in Scotland will often offer to provide tackle, flies, transport to and from a hotel, and lunch.

See below for our list of the top salmon fishing guides and ghillies in Scotland. 

Scottish Borders

Alba Game Fishing – Various locations throughout Scotland
Everything from corporate days and beginners’ lessons to guided fishing on the Tay, the Spey and the Tweed. Includes gourmet lunch, luxury transport, photos & high-quality fishing tackle.

Fishinguide Scotland – Various Locations
Guided fishing trips and holidays throughout Scotland for trout, pike and salmon. Find out more.

Fish Wild – Stobo, Peeblesshire, Scottish Borders
Bespoke guided fly-fishing for brown trout, grayling, sea trout and salmon on the River Tweed and beyond. Run by renowned guide Finlay Wilson, who manages three miles of private fishing on the Tweed.

Scottish Borders River Guiding – River Tweed, Scottish Borders
Guided fly-fishing for brown trout and grayling on the River Tweed and its tributaries. Tackle provided if necessary, rates from £135 per person.

Tweed Guide – River Tweed, Scottish Borders
Guided trout/grayling and salmon fishing on the River Tweed. Half and full days available, everything from tackle and waders to permits and transport provided. Salmon fishing from £350.

River Tweed Guiding – River Tweed, Scottish Borders
Guided fishing for wild brown trout and grayling on the River Tweed with John Maclennan. Full days from £140, including flies tied by John, packed lunch, drinks and transport to fishing from accommodation.

Borders River Guide – Galashiels, Scottish Borders
Guided fishing for wild brown trout and grayling on the Tweed and its tributaries. Everthing from half days to multi-day packages available. Full days from £140.

Monteith Salmon Fishing Services – Various locations throughout Scotland
Provider of salmon fishing holidays, salmon fishing guiding and tuition throughout Scotland, including the River Tay, River Dee, River Spey and River Tweed. Packages start at £120 per person.

South-West Scotland

Damsel Fly Fishing – Dumfries & Galloway
Guided salmon and trout fishing with Sue Macniven on a selection of rivers and lakes in south-west Scotland. Full and half days available; tackle can be provided if necessary.

Keith Snow Fly Fishing – Annan, Dumfries & Galloway
Fly-fishing courses, fishing holidays and guiding on the River Annan and elsewhere in Dumfriesshire.

Central Scotland

Scotia Fishing – Various Locations, Central Scotland
Guided fishing trips and holidays throughout Scotland for trout, pike, salmon and saltwater species including pollock and wrasse. Find out more about Scotia Fishing.


Kinnear Fishing – River Tay, Perthshire
Salmon guiding and casting instruction on the River Tay system. Guide Dougy Morison has fished the area for more than 45 years.

Loch Tay Fish ‘n’ Trips – Loch Tay, Killin, Perthshire Highlands
Trolling for salmon on Loch Tay – £95 covers 2 people, ghillie, boat and all fishing equipment including salmon rights. B&B and self-boat hire also available.

North-East & Highlands

Strathglass Fishing – Cannich, Near Inverness, Highlands
Boat hire and ghillie service on Loch Benevean and the River Glass in Glen Affric. Salmon fishing from July onwards.

Ian Neale – Rivers Spey and Findhorn, North-East Highlands
The full package – renowned and experienced guide Ian offers guiding, tuition and salmon-fishing holidays, with fishing on the Findhorn, the Spey, the Dee and more.

Scottish Fishing Guides – Various Locations
Fly-fishing for trout and salmon throughout Scotland (including the Tay and the Tweed) with award-winning guides Franz Grimley and John McCallum.

Ian Gordon’s Speyonline – Various, North-East & Highlands
Ian Gordon specialises in guided salmon fishing, fly-fishing holidays and spey-casting tuition for corporate groups, families and individuals – fishing is on some of the most famous Scottish salmon rivers, including the Spey, Dee, Tay and many more.

Fishing in Scotland – Various Locations
Guided salmon fishing trips, fly fishing and Spey-casting lessons – trips last 1-6 days and take place on top quality beats of the finest salmon fishing rivers in Scotland. Pike fishing can also be arranged.

You Fish Scotland – Inverness, Highlands
Based in Inverness, offering guided fly-fishing for salmon, trout and pike. Transport, lunch, tackle and tuition (if required) is provided.

TroutQuest – Ross-shire, Highlands
Fly-fishing holidays, tuition and guiding in the Ross-shire area. Salmon fishing (everything from single days to 4-rod beats for a week) is on the River Alness and River Conon.