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Alternatively, there are several good hotels in the area, some of which lease Loch boats for use by their guests (which might mean you did not need to rent your own boat).

Local hotels which offer Loch Hope fishing

The Altnaharra Hotel, Altnaharra, IV27 4UE. Tel 01549 411 222

Flourishing after its change of management three years ago, this very comfortable hotel is living up to its reputation as one of Scotland's best fishing establishments. They have boats at both South End and Middle Bay, and can provide access to fishing at many other locations too. Altnaharra website.

Ben Loyal Hotel, Main Street, Tongue, IV27 4XE. Tel: 01847 611216

The Ben Loyal is a bright and comfortable hotel with 11 rooms, surrounded by some of the most dramatic scenery in Scotland, including a view of Ben Hope on the horizon - and a well-deserved reputation for its sea-food menu. The hotel has a boat at the South End, and is only about 15 minutes' drive from the North End.   Ben Loyal website.  

Borgie Lodge Hotel, Skerray, Tongue, KW14 7TH. Tel: 01641 521332.
The Hotel lies in a secluded glen on the banks of the River Borgie. Famous the wild beauty of its location, it's furnished "traditionally" with antlers, Clan Sutherland tartan carpets, sporting prints and log fires. The hotel has access to a Middle Bay boat, as well as fishing on other local waters. Hope North End is about 25 minutes' drive away. Borgie Lodge website.


Other popular local hotels

Craggan Hotel,  Melness, IV27 4YP. Tel:  01847 601 278

The Craggan is on the western shore of the Kyle of Tongue, where the view of Ben Loyal - "Queen of Scottish Mountains" - is at its best. This is the local pub, where you'll find a warm welcome, and a warm fire in the lounge. Rooms and meals are reasonably priced, and the North End is only about 15 minutes' drive away.   Craggan website .

Tongue Hotel, Tongue, IV27 4XD. Tel: 01847 611 206

Tongue Hotel was a former sporting lodge of the Duke of Sutherland. Many original features have been retained: cast-iron fireplaces in bedrooms, tongue and groove panelling in bathrooms, marble topped washstands and brass bedsteads. Bedroom are all decorated differently and are light and  comfortable. Most have views over the Kyle of Tongue to the mountains beyond.  The North End is about 15 minutes away by car.   Tongue Hotel website .


Neighbouring Estates

Strathmore Estate Mrs Heather Gow, Pitscandly,Forfar,Angus,DD8 3NZ   Tel: 01307 462 437

Strathmore adjoins the Hope Estate to the south of the Loch, and encompasses the western part of Ben Hope and the northern section of the Strathmore River. The Estate has self-catering accommodation, as well as its own South End boat, and these can be rented together.  There are opportunities also for river and hill-loch fishing.  Strathmore Estate website.

Eriboll Estate Mrs Julie Clark, Eriboll Farm, IV27 4UL   Tel: 01971 511 275

Eriboll adjoins the Hope Estate to the west of the Loch, and runs up to and beyond Loch Eriboll.  The Estate has three recently-converted and attractive self-catering cottages, and can offer these with access to a variety of fishing, including some little-known hill lochs which are reputed to contain a unique species of brown trout! Eriboll Estate website.

Where to stay

One option is to stay at Hope.

We currently have one self catering cottage (Ferryman’s Cottage) to offer, and this can be booked by boat tenants at a special reduced rate through CKD Galbraith.



More details here.