Loch of Benston
Loch of Benston

Mainland, Shetland, Scotland

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About this water

Brown trout
OS Grid Ref: HU 46257 53483
Latitude: 60.26295526341
Longitude: -1.16586231724

Owned by the SAA, this is one of Shetland’s premier lochs and many large trout have been taken from this water over the years. They average more than a pound and fish of over 6 pounds have been caught.
Wading is safe in most areas and the loch is well suited to boat fishing.

There is a parking area at the north east corner of the loch where the Association hire boat is kept. The loch becomes weedy as the season progresses. There is a size limit of 12 inches and all fish under this size should be returned safely to the water.

Loch of Benston is strictly fly fishing only.

Water map

Permission & Tickets

Fishing permits can be purchased at either the Lerwick Tourist Office or the tackle shop, Rod and Line, which is in Harbour Street in Lerwick. The SAA organises a number of fishing competitions during the season running separate boat and bank leagues and the visiting angler will be made most welcome at these. Details will be supplied with your permit.

Boats for hire – The Association has a number of boats for hire and at the present these are located at the following lochs – Loch of Benston, Loch of Asta, Loch of Northouse, Loch of Clousta, Loch of Tingwall, Sulma Water and Punds Water. These can change but details of boat locations and hire can be got from the tackle shop.

Clubhouse – The SAA owns an unlicensed clubhouse, situated in Burns Lane in Lerwick, to which the visiting angler is most welcome. Hours of opening are from 8.30pm and 11.00pm on most Tuesdays and Fridays.

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