Accommodation for fishing holidays
Northumberland and the Borders are two northern counties in the UK famed for the opportunities they offer for fishing, in particular salmon. The river Tweed, which is the main river in the area between the two counties is said to be one of the best Atlantic salmon rivers in Britain, as well as being excellent for Wild Brown Trout, Sea Trout and Grayling. However, it should be noted that the Tweed is actually classed as a Scottish river, so the fishing rules are different to those of English rivers.
There are of course other excellent fishing rivers in Northumberland, perhaps the most notable being the mighty Tyne to the south of the county, which is also an excellent salmon river seeing millions of the fish released from the hatchery at Kielder. And between the two rivers are other good fishing rivers such as the Blyth, Aln, Coquet and the Wansbeck.
When discussing salmon fishing in the Borders, comparisons are always made between travelling to Alaska, Norway or Iceland or visiting the Borders to enjoy the best standards of hospitality and fishing through traditional methods. It may not seem as exciting as travelling to the Arctic Circle countries, but the serious angler will concede that the famous rivers of Scotland offer a much better, and a far more economical option for fishing.
Whether it’s Northumberland or the Borders, the best option for accommodation is self-catering, where you can come and go as you please. And if the weather is slightly inclement, there will be no evil-eye looks as you walk across the lobby to get to your room for a deserved bath after an enjoyable – if wet – day’s fishing. And of course, if you’re self-catering, you’ll be able to cook your catch yourself! Houses for all sizes of fishing parties can be rented.
Big Holiday houses sleeping 4-18 + people close to places to fish
Our editors 'top few' last minute houses located near to fishing activities in Northumberland:
Cottages near rivers or the coast offering great fishing accommodation
River, sea and still water fishing in Northumberland
As well as rivers, there are many still waters, that is lakes and expanses of water, available in Northumberland, where Brown, Rainbow and Blue Trout abound. The enormous Kielder reservoir offers over 20 miles of fishing from its banks, and a big advantage is that trout fishing tends to be an all year activity. The Queen Elizabeth Lake just outside Ashington is very popular with course anglers.
The Scottish Borders also offers still water fishing, and similar to Northumberland, is also well known for its scenery and the varied activities that are available for the non-fishing partner. Shopping, walking, golf and wonderful historic buildings to visit and marvel will keep even the most petulant non-angler fully occupied while the fishing partner catches supper.
And for the sea angler, the coastline of the North Sea provides some great beach and rock angling, as well as boat charters for deeper sea fishing. Plaice, bass and mackerel, cod, flounder, sole, haddock, whiting, ling and wrasse are just some of the popular catches here.
Druridge Bay, Alnmouth Bay, Newton and Beadnell Bays, to name only a few, attract many summer anglers for. The Cliffs at Cullernose Point and Newbiggin by the Sea allied to large expanses of rocks at Craster, Amble, Hauxley and Cresswell offer a totally different type of sea fishing and quarry. And don’t forget that as a midway between beach and boat fishing, the piers at Amble, Blyth, Craster and Cullercoats offer a happy medium – and closer access to town or village facilities, including that all-important inn or pub where the perfunctory tale of the one that got away can be recounted to all.
So regardless of the type of angling you prefer, Northumberland and the Borders will have it for you!