Welcome to Glenquicken Troutmasters Fishery, a 4.5 acre lochan situated amongst magnificent scenery in the shadow of Cairnsmore of Fleet, Newton Stewart, Dumfries and Galloway.
The water for Glenquicken lochan is fed from our own burn and also from the three natural springs that are now in the centre of the lochan. This mixture allows the fish to experience the "spate" of the burn flowing into the lochan (the burn can rise to fill the inlet pipe in an hour during heavy rain) and also, when the burn is low, to have a very adequate supply of neutral Ph water from the springs that rise in the granite below and are filtered through the sand and gravel that Glenquicken was once famous for.
The lochan has varying depths of water (at its deepest, over 30ft while, at its shallowest, it's only 4ft) with an average depth of 16ft. The bed of the lochan consists of rock, sand and gravel, peat and clay and it has been dug out and left in ridges, thus creating different depths. This allows the trout to experience a more natural environment and also promotes a variety of natural insect food at different depths and allows you, the angler, more variation in the choice of flies and lines to use.
We are a registered "Troutmasters" fishery. This popular national competition is sponsored by Trout Fisherman magazine and our monthly winning fish is normally in excess of 14lb; the largest fish caught to date is a rainbow trout of 24lb 5oz.
The lochan is well stocked with rainbow trout, the smallest being 2lb and the largest well into double figures (with a few real monsters). Enough of these big fish are stocked to ensure you have a fair chance of catching one. The overall stocking of the lochan is no less than 150 fish per acre.
We have a comfortable Fishing "Kabin" on site where a selection of hot food and drinks are available to order. A range of flies (hand-tied by my wife and son) and leaders, etc., can also be purchased.
Beginners are welcome and, if you require tuition, this can normally be arranged at a modest cost per hour (time permitting) and needs to be booked in advance.
We are introducing glamping at Glenquicken Troutmasters Fishery early in 2018. ‘The Sheddings’ will offer comfortable camping in any weather, ideal for a short fishing or mountain bike break - one, two, three nights or even a week.
Our fully insulated, heated and self-contained glamping units are ideal for up to three guests. The Sheddings are equipped with three bunks with air mattresses, electric wall heater, electric oven/grill and twin hot plates, kitchen utensils, kettle, saucepans, etc.
All you need to bring is your sleeping bag or blankets, towels, dish drying cloths, washing gear, food, etc. There are toilet, shower and dishwashing facilities on site. You also have the use of our “firepit”, ideal for BBQs, outdoor cooking, etc. Logs and firelighters can be purchased on site.
Situated beside our renowned “Troutmasters” fishing lochan stocked with Rainbow, Blue and Brown Trout, The Sheddings are also ideal for bikers wanting to ride the mountain bike trails at Kirroughtree or the 7Stanes bike route, or for those just wanting to enjoy the Galloway Forest's fabulous “Dark Sky Park” for stargazing.
The cost is only £20 per night for up to two people - one extra person: £10 per night with a maximum of three people per unit.
Please note: No TV or radio/cd player is provided and electricity is by £1 coin meter. Special fishing rates are available for guests staying at The Sheddings or the Cottages.
The Sheddings will be available from early 2018 - contact us for details.
Glenquicken Farm also has three comfortable self-catering holiday cottages available. See our holiday cottage website for details!