Go fishing

The coast of Skye offers brilliant sea fishing opportunities.  The waters are rich in edible species including mackerel and pollack.  Guests of Springbank Cottage, have the use of a variety of sea fishing gear during their stay.

Rock fishing near Elgol

Spinning a lure is one of the easiest and most effective techniques for sea fishing and so a good way to get started.  There’s a selection of weighted lures in a variety of colours, shapes and sizes for you to use. Your lure acts like a small bait fish for the bigger ones to catch, so keep it “swimming”. There’s plenty of information and guides to different techniques so beginners can learn fast.  The water is deep off the many rocky headlands around the shore and these provide good casting spots.  You want to get the bait or lure well out and away from any weed.  When retrieving the bait or lure keep the rod tip high to avoid snags on the rocks and weed.

Some nice pollack caught from the shore – the large one is 30 inches – 75cms long!

Losing tackle is inevitable when sea fishing round the rocky shore and we are happy to sustain minor losses but if you lose a lot of tackle please replace it or let us know.


If you are lucky (or skilled!) enough to catch something worth eating, the house has a number of good seafood cookery books to inspire you.  But if you weren’€™t lucky stop by the jetty at Elgol and see if you can buy something from the fishermen when they are landing.  Dublin Bay prawns (langoustine), crab and lobster are usually available.


Basket of mackerel and pollack

Freshly caught and cooked crab and lobster

Please note that fishing in any freshwater in Scotland requires a rod licence (which we do not have) and may also require a permit from the owner of the fishing rights.

So, if you are thinking about a trip to Skye and you want more than just a “standard” holiday cottage, take a closer look. We hope you will be surprised by how much is on offer during a stay at Springbank Cottage.

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