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Permits are not required when fishing by permission from Mr. B.G. Hamilton.

Legal rights of to to allow fishing on Loch Awe

Welcome to our website!  Perhaps you are surprised that you now have a choice from where you can obtain the right to fish Loch Awe and wonder how it is possible that somebody else is able to offer you permission.  Let us remind each other about the Scottish law of fishing. It has always puzzled me as to how it is possible for someone who owns land next to someone else’s loch or river may fish in that loch or river. However, that is the law and riparian owners (people who own land next to a body of water) may in fact invite their friends or even sell permits to strangers to fish in the adjacent loch. This is the basis on which permits to fish Loch Awe have been sold up to the present day.

There is an alternative way that the right to fish may be given to strangers. The right to fish for salmon derives from a Crown grant and such a grant is deemed to include all other species of fish. The Earl of Argyll was granted a Crown Charter in 1667 which included fishing (for salmon) in the Waters of Awe. He shared that grant with the Campbells of Breadalbane. The Breadalbane Estate is very much reduced today, almost to the extent that it barely exists. However, there still remains the right to fish for salmon and all of the other species in Loch Awe. We are the proprietors of what is left of the Breadalbane Estate and as such we own the right to the fishing in Loch Awe under the burden of the aforesaid riparian owners who also have the right to fish Loch Awe. The Keeper of the Registers of Scotland have recorded our right to the salmon fishing in Loch Awe and granted us a Land Certificate (see ARG30513). It should be noted that riparian owners do not have the right to fish for salmon quae riparians; that only comes from a Crown grant.

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