Top Fishing Destinations In The UK To Get You Hooked

View of a river with trees in the background reflecting off the water

Here in the UK we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to places to go fishing; from rivers and lochs to beaches and canals, you’re never far away from an idyllic spot to cast a line.

With this in mind and being keen anglers ourselves here at The Insurance Emporium, we’ve put together some of our favourite fishing destinations around the UK.

Loch Ken in Southern Scotland on a tranquil but generally overcast day

Scotland – Loch Ken – Dumfries And Galloway

Scotland is a great place to go fishing if you also want fantastic views, whether you want a loch, a river, or a spot on the coast.

Loch Ken is a 14km freshwater loch in Kirkcudbrightshire that’s well known for its roach, perch, bream and pike, some of which are over 20lb. It’s in a spectacular setting and at its northern end it has what every Scottish loch should have; a haunted castle with its very own ghost piper.

You could also check out Loch Lomond, the River Tay and Loch Awe.

Remember to check fishing regulations for Scotland before you head out.

View from a jetty over Lough Erne on a calm frosty morning with a glowing orange sky

Northern Ireland – Lough Erne – Enniskillen

This is a great location for coarse fishing during the season, which is March to September; you can learn more about fishing seasons in our blog, but you can fish for perch, rudd, pike and roach all year round. Fishing is also allowed from boats.

It’s the second biggest lake system in Northern Ireland and has over 150 islands, although the larger, lower part of Lough Erne is more popular with anglers.

You could also try Spelga Dam, Portrush, and the River Foyle while you’re over there.

Remember to check the fishing guidelines for Northern Ireland.

Panoramic sunset at Three Cliffs Bay, Gower, Swansea, UK

Wales – Swansea And The Gower Peninsula

Swansea and the Gower Peninsula are great areas to fish as they have such a mix of sea, rivers and lakes. The river Tawe (the Welsh name for Swansea is Abertawe) is known for its brown trout and Gower is popular for rock fishing; it’s one of the best places for bass.

The ponds and lakes local to the area have an abundance of bream, roach, perch and carp, or you could head for the sea to catch cod and whiting.

The River Taff, Llyn Trawsfynydd in Snowdonia, and Amlwch Harbour on Anglesey are also popular places to fish.

England – Raygill Lakes – Yorkshire

Situated on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales, Raygill Lakes consists of three lakes that have been formed from a limestone quarry. You can choose from coarse, fly and pike fishing in beautiful, peaceful surroundings, and night fishing is available too.

Read about our favourite fishing destinations in Yorkshire for some more angling inspiration in our home county.

You’re also spoilt for choice in the Lake District when it comes to finding great fishing spots, and Angler’s Paradise in Devon certainly lives up to its name.

We’ve only just scratched the surface when it comes to choosing some of our favourite fishing destinations, but there’s something for everyone, whatever kind of angler you are. Take a look at our guide to common freshwater fish in the UK too and see that not only does the UK have lots of fantastic destinations to choose from, but plenty of varieties of fish too.

If this has inspired you to get out there and plan your next adventure, then you might want to consider fishing insurance. You get to choose from three policy types that you can then tweak from a range of additional optional benefits. Get in touch for a free no-strings quote and find out how you might be better off insuring your fishing equipment with us.

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