Loch nan Eilean
Loch nan Eilean
managed by Ardlussa Estate

About this water

Lake
Brown trout
Isle of Jura

This is a typical highland trout loch and a favourite of author George Orwell, who lived at Barnhill in 1948 whilst he wrote the dystopian novel 1984.

In a letter advising a friend, Michael Kennard, about fishing on Jura, Orwell describes the loch as "having plenty of fish" and "I haven't caught anything over 1/2lb" ..... "But I feel pretty sure there are bigger fish there"...

He never caught one of the "bigger fish" but they have been caught since. The current record for this water is 4lbs; a monster by anyone's standards.

Water map


Contributed by

Steven Cook


Wind enthusiast, tippet collector and leader length obsessive. Steven knows only trout. His education was hindered by his lack of attention to anything that wasn't trout fishing. If you can find him he's usually at the front; over the furthest headland, bay or peninsula, pulling a team of wets and whistling the theme to The Littlest Hobo.

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