Loch Bad na Murichinn
Loch Bad na Murichinn

Assynt, Scotland

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About this water

Lake
Brown trout
OS Grid Ref: NC 09499 19997
Latitude: 58.127764
Longitude: -5.236738

Head south out of Lochinver on the unmarked road toward Inverkirkaig. Once past Badnaban, park where the road turns a sharp right on a flat plateau and follow the burn up the gulley to Loch Bad na Murichinn (also known as the Children's Loch). It takes between 15-30 minutes, depending on your speed.
There is a boat available which helps to explore the wooded southern shoreline as well as making it easier to cover the large water.

At the top right of the loch there is a gravel beach which is reputedly shallow enough for children to paddle in. The loch is locally known for small fish and according to local sources shown marked improvement in last 4 years with fish coming in at 12-14 ounces. Trout of mostly average size they can come to the fly readily when 'on'. Try the south eastern tip from the shore for some sport; there are larger fish in here.

To be here and yet still be within half a mile of a road, makes you feel cut off, with peace and tranquility, absolutely perfect for picnics with scenery comparable with anywhere else within the area.
For the more adventurous, you can go on up from here to Loch Gleannan na Gaoithe
and Loch Uidh na Ceardaich up next to Fionn Loch. You won't be bored, all of these have lots of trout, but they are very much on the small size.

Water map

Permission & Tickets

Assynt Angling Group sells its permits in 3 ‘zones’ - East, West and South.
Daily Permit: £7.50 Single Zone only
Weekly: £40 Roving (All Zones)
Season: (Bank only) £75 Roving (All Zones)
Season: £150 - Bank and Boat Inclusive (All Zones)

All vendors sell day and weekly permits for all zones.
Season permits are only available from The Cottage Culag Square, Lochinver.

Permits Available from:

Peter Hendrich, The Cottage Culag Square, Lochinver (01571 844076) GR093221
Tourist Information Centre, Mission Building, Lochinver
Inchnadamph Hotel Inchnadamph GR252217
Achins Bookshop Inverkirkaig GR088194
Inver Lodge Hotel Lochinver
Mackays Hardware and Chandlery Lochinver GR093222
Lochinver Post Office, The Spar shop, Lochinver
Sheiling Guest House Ullapool
Assynt Angling Group fishing permits are also available from the Assynt Foundation estate office at Glencanisp. Grid Ref NC116222. Tel: 01571 844100

More information on the Assynt Angling Group can be found on their website.

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