Go fishing

The coast of Skye offers brilliant sea fishing opportunities.  The waters are rich in edible species including mackerel and, especially, pollack which are plentiful and can reach a good size.  The Elgol shore is no exception and guests of Springbank Cottage, have the use of a variety of sea fishing gear during their stay.

Let's fish!

Let’s fish!


Spinning a lure is a good way to get started.  There’s a selection of weighted lures in a variety of colours, shapes and sizes.  Your lure is supposed to be a small bait fish for the bigger ones to catch, so keep it “swimming”. There’s plenty of information and guides to different techniques, such as drop shotting and Light Rock Fishing, 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!

What you can do

  • Rod fishing in the sea for interesting species, some of which are edible.

Where to do it

  • Any jetty or pier with easy access to deeper water are prime locations. Fishing from the rocky shore can also be productive.

What we provide

  • Selection of spinning and pier rods with reels and a variety of suitable tackle and artificial lures.
  • Guide book on how to set tackle up for specific species.
  • Cookery books on how to prepare what you’ve caught (or bought!)

Advice about the activity

  • Safety is of paramount importance and extreme care should be taken in any exposed situation and near deep water.
  • Fishing on a rising tide is usually best.
  • Things to consider
    • Catch and immediate release of non-edible species is recommended.
    • Losing tackle is inevitable and we are happy to sustain minor losses but if you lose a lot of tackle please replace it or let us know.
    • 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.


  • 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, crab and lobster are usually available.
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    Freshly cooked prawn tails

    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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