River Strathy Fishings

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Alternative Pursuits
As you will see from the location maps, Bowside is surrounded by wonderful hill lochs containing wild brown trout, some of which have never been fished before!
Named lochs.
Brown Trout
Surfing from the beautiful, unspoilt beaches of Northern Scotland, from Tongue in the west to Thurso in the east is of the highest quality and features in International and European surfing guides.
British Surfers: information & web links.
Strathy Beach
Being a spate river, there will be times when anglers may want to turn their attention to the sea trout gathering in Strathy Bay and there are many opportunities to fish for other species off the coast and both in and offshore by taking a fully equipped boat from Scrabster harbour.
The local and migratory bird life is both stunning and undisturbed around Bowside and along the coast an indication of this is that the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) have recently acquired the neighbouring estate at Forsinard.
The RSPB have opened a visitor centre in Forsinard and arranges walks along the guided trails. More detailed information is available on request.
RSPB web cam: Hen Harrier nest on the Forsinard Estate.
It goes without saying that there are unlimited opportunities for the serious (and less serious) hill walker with, for example, many routes and forestry tracks in this unspoilt environment.
Sutherland Heather

The region is also rightly known for the profusion of rare wild flowers; the archaeological and historical sites; and gold panning is a popular pastime in the Strath of Kildonan. The Orkney Islands can be reached easily by return day trip from the local harbours.
S.N.H.: Scottish National Heritage web site providing information on the Strathy Bogs and Caithness Peatlands.

Scottish Wildlife Trust: General reference site for wildlife in the Caithness region.

Bog Plants
The local clan is the Clan Mackay, the name derives from the gaelic for "son of Hugh", their motto is Manu Forti meaning "with a strong hand". To learn more about the interesting history of this clan visit the Clan Mackay web site.
Scotland is as every golfer knows, the home of golf, a land who's rugged landscape seems to be carved specifically to play host to golf courses. If you enjoy a round, Sutherland can offer you challenging courses, stunning scenery and uncrowded fairways.
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The web-site of famous angler, writer and fly tyer Ally Gowans provides anglers with a library of useful information. Information on casting, tuition, photography, fly tying and much more visit