To hire a fifteen foot fishing boat on the Lake of Menteith – the most well known Trout Fishery in Scotland – go to our booking page or phone (01877 385664).  If you have not hired a boat or used an outboard engine before  – dont worry its really easy and we will give you free instruction (all you have to do is ask). We have a boat on standyby should you require help whilst out on the water – the contact number is in all the boats. If you would like more formal instruction (boat skills or angling) this can easily be arranged.  Give us a call or email. Rod Hire is also available and needs to be booked in advance by telephone or email.

The Lake is situated in Central Scotland, 20 minutes west of Stirling and under an hour from Glasgow or Edinburgh. It is a beautiful and natural sheltered lowland loch.

Scotland’s only natural Lake is  a sizeable 700 acres and is the main venue for the National Trout Fly fishing Championships in Scotland. The Lake is stocked weekly , with an even distribution by boat, with top quality rainbow trout and brown trout that are reared in the location by Lake Staff. The 34 strong fleet of well maintained hire boats is equipped with reliable outboards, oars, landing nets and drogues. More boats can be made available for major events.

Our large fishery cabin contains a permit and tackle shop, lifejackets, wash-rooms/toilets, a gutting sink, meeting area, weigh-in hall, our offices and workshop. Tea and coffee are available and various sundries and soft drinks can be purchased from the shop.

The low lying situation and indented nature of the Lake and its three islands means that it is one of the most sheltered (from all directons) stocked trout fishing venues in Scotland, but with a big enough expanse of water to get a ripple. The loch is predominantly shallow (see map) and surface fishing tactics for trout predominate. The Lake is renowned for its dry fly and buzzer fishing and for the quality of the stocked and resident trout. The Lake is also famed for its large resident pike.

The Lake was known as the Loch of Menteith until the first Ordnance Survey Mapping of Scotland in 1848. It is a mesotrophic body of water and is also a site of special Scientific Interest due to the exceptional flora and fauna. Historically the Lake has much to offer, with the impressive and peaceful ruins of the 13th century Inchmahome Priory on the largest of the Lake’s three Islands and the remains of the Earl of Menteith’s Castle on Inch Talla.

BOAT BOOKINGS TELEPHONE 01877 385664 or email booking@menteith-fisheries.co.uk

All the best Quint, Douglas and Connor

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Members of Staff; left to right: Connor shearer, Douglas Fraser , Elma Nisbet and Quint Glen (Manager).

by Local Artist Denise Fraser