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Mixed Touring and Fishing Holidays in Scotland

Bucket List Dream

If Scotland is on your bucket list and you’ve dreamt of those iconic landscapes, stunning beaches, woodland walks, castles, whisky distilleries and bending your fly rod into a salmon on one of our rivers, then read on..

Are you planning to travel with your partner, wife and maybe they are an occasional or non angler? This is the ideal vacation for couples who want the best of both world’s. This tour of Scotland mixes fishing with a private tour of the highlights of Scotland, and can be customised to suit individual requirements. The mix of angling and non angling days is entirely flexible.

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Guests from USA enjoying a day salmon fishing in Scotland

Scotland is a safe destination for guests to enjoy. Our people are warm, friendly and good humoured. We are truly blessed with outstanding scenery and when you been this with our heritage and history, it’s a heady combination.

We deliver these tours in a luxury SUV either a Land Rover Discovery HSE or brand new Volvo XC90. Both vehicles are highly specified with leather seats and comfortable cruising vehicles. The benefit of course that we can occasionally go off-road. These vehicles are ideal for couples, as the boot space takes the luggage and the roof box takes the fishing tackle and waders. The vehicles are covered by a specialist insurance called “Hire and Reward” this is the ONLY insurance for safe transportation of guests.

If you are keen on photography, then this is also an ideal tour. We have identified a number of spots to capture iconic images of Scotland, away from the masses.

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Sopping at one of many memorable photography vantage points in Scotland

We have 15 years experience delivering these types of vacation and now Alba is a registered tour operator. This type of vacation is old through a number of specialist tour operators worldwide.

Your tour guide is passionate about Scotland as much as fishing, for city tours we use Blue Badge Tour Guides and for the tour of Scotland, you fishing/ tour guide will take care of you.

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Do you fancy staying in a Castle? Our American guests did

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Testimony

Dave and Nancy from Seattle

“Thank you so much for our excellent 50th anniversary trip. We wanted to do something memorable and this trip exceeded our expectations.  We would like to tell you our favorite outing but we had so much fun everywhere we went and can’t pick just one. (Although Nancy is leaning toward the Highland cows)  The guides were great and the hotels were memorable.  You were an amazing host for our week.  You went above and beyond to anticipate and accommodate our every need.  We felt as though we were traveling with a good friend.  It was hard to say goodbye”

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Where are the most memorable locations in Scotland? (away from the masses)

Ask yourself this question, how do you find the most memorable locations in Scotland, the best accommodation (not necessarily the most expensive), the best fishing and touring and mix it all together for the perfect blend to create an unforgettable vacation in Scotland?

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Skye Photo stop

Your time is precious, and you need to know that whoever you entrust to create this fishing and touring holiday in Scotland, delivers the best fit for your individual requirements and creates the perfect vacation experience.

When we created our Hidden Gems Fishing and touring holidays in Scotland, this was exactly what we aimed to deliver. Alba is a small specialist company delivering a specialist service and  2019 will be our 15th year in business. The mixed fishing and touring trips have been hugely popular and grown steadily to become almost the pinnacle of what we deliver.

This tour has become a bestseller experience for our guests and 5 star Google and TripAdvisor rated by our guests.

Last year, we had two couples come on, what was for them a “Bucket List” experience. A once in a lifetime holiday in Scotland. Both trips were 10 days and tailored to individual needs. Both couples have rebooked for 2019! Stewart Collingswood, founder, and MD said “..this gives me great satisfaction that we are delivering something memorable and truly special. Our hard work and attention to detail are finally being recognised and rewarded.”

Alba Game Fishing is now a Tour Operator and 80% of the work is in the design and planning of the vacation. By drawing on the combined knowledge of our team, we have collectively over 100 years of experience to help you.

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Woodland walk on private tour in Scotland

Once we agree an itinerary and a deposit is paid, our team get to work. The first task is to secure the accommodation. Scotland can get very busy and the best hotels are sold out quickly. At the time of writing this blog article (Jun 2019), we have already booked and paid for over 135 nights of accommodation throughout Scotland for our guests.

In addition, included in your trip is a concierge service on the lead up to your arrival in Scotland. We can assist with any aspect of your visit. Recommend good restaurants, shops, attractions and places to visit. Book theatre and sporting events…the answer is yes, what’s the question.

Our team do have an Insiders insight into the best accommodation in Scotland, however this is very subjective and we encourage a discussion and careful fact finding exercise to work out the best fit for you.

With regards to the fishing, the species to target, very much depends on what time of year you choose to visit.

The Fishing Calendar in Scotland

April and May is prime time for trophy river trout and spring salmon, June is prime for sea trout and Highland trout. July an August are excellent for surface action and fly fishing for pike and Saltwater trips. In August the summer grilse runs of salmon are picking up and the Highland rivers and the River Spey are in full flow. September is amonth when almost everything is on song, the autumn runs of salmon come in, the pike fishing starts to deliver some real trophy fish and saltwater fishing is excellent. In October salmon fishing is at its best and the grayling fishing starts to get very productive.

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Male Grayling displaying dorsal fin