Ayrshire is renowned for its beaches, beautiful coastline, golf courses and of course Rabbie Burns. It is also blessed with six principal salmon rivers, each of which has its own character. There are only 37 miles between the mouth of the most southerly river, the Stinchar, and the Irvine and Garnock estuary in North Ayrshire. There can be few areas in Scotland with as wide a range of productive salmon rivers in such close proximity.
Ayrshire is Scotland’s largest lowland county covering a diverse range of landscapes, geology and landuse. The catchments in the north of Ayrshire are more heavily populated and landuse is more intensive. In the south of the county the human population density is much less and the landscape is more upland, with the Southern Upland Fault crossing through the upper reaches of the Doon, Girvan and Stinchar catchments.
Ayshire: The River Stinchar, Ballantrae is essentially a spate river, but can produce excellent sport in the right conditions. The main run of salmon and sea trout occurs between July to October. Knockdolian beat is only four miles from the sea, which means that in good water they will often hold fresh fish. Fishing is now available during the main run, for more information please click
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The River Doon starts high up in the Galloway Hills. From these hills several significant tributaries feed Loch Doon, a six mile long loch which has been dammed to form a storage reservoir for the Galloway Hydro Power scheme. For more information on the River Doon click
Although it is smaller than the neighbouring Stinchar and Doon it is regarded highly by local and visiting anglers alike. The Girvan is a spate river, with only a small compensatory flow from Loch Bradan, although the River Girvan Fishery Board are able to request freshets throughout the season. More information about the River Girvan click