Alba Game Fishing
Alba Game Fishing
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Edinburgh based, delivering trips throughout Scotland. Established 2004, Orvis Endorsed fishing guide service in Scotland. We are customer focused and will help you maximise your fishing experience in Scotland. Hugely & varied portfolio of fishing from 45 years of research. Salmon, trout, pike and sea fishing trips throughout Scotland, many exclusive venues. We include premium fishing tackle, Orvis waders in all sizes, men, women and kids, taste of Scotland lunches and pro-photogrpahy to capture the memories. Our trips are suitable for experienced anglers or beginners. Fly Fishing courses available.
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Geoffrey C
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Breathtaking, wonderful and truly amazing express just some of our feelings for yet another great adventure with Alba.
Stewart is a wonderful ambassador for Scotland and his warmth, patience, attention to detail and fishing knowledge are unsurpassed in our global fishing experiences.
Attributes complimented by a brilliant knowledge of Scotland and its rivers large and small.
Well supported by Cuillin & Scott excellent guides in their own right.
We caught wild browns big and small in some of the most picturesque locations.
We’ll be back again next year for our eighth time with Alba Game fishing.
Written 14 June 2024
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CodyCo
Kalispell, MT85 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Absolutely the best! We recently completed a Hidden Gems fishing, touring, and hiking vacation with Stewart Collingswood, founder of Alba Game Fishing. We were looking for something special, away from the crowds, that would give us a real sense of the people and country of Scotland. I also wanted it to be stress free, leaving all of the details and planning up to someone else. How fortunate we were to find Alba. Our trip met or exceeded our expectations in every respect. From the accommodations, to the meals, to the touring and the fishing, everything was first class. Stewart's bespoke approach allowed us to build his sample itinerary into a trip tailored to our specific goals. He was even able to accommodate a last minute change that was of special importance to us. We saw more, and did more than I could have imagined possible in such a short time, yet the pace was not hectic and we never felt rushed. Stewart's attention to detail is exceeded only by his personality. Funny, intelligent, thoughtful, and capable. He was a genuine pleasure to be with. It was tough to say good-by. I could not recommend Alba Game Fishing more highly. Our best vacation - period!
Written 24 May 2024
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Traveler13616516108
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
Our grandson age 14 years was visiting us from Brunei and he spent a day fly fishing with Cuillin Rae on the river Tweed.
He had a great day and learned a lot and I am sure he will remember it always
Cuillin was very professional,patient, understanding and extremely knowledgeable ,taking many photographs so that he could have some great memories of the day
I would thoroughly recommend this company
Written 6 September 2023
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Thank you for your kind review. We are all delighted especially Cuillin that your Grandson enjoyed his fishing experience. Thanks again, Stewart and the Team
Written 24 May 2024
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Jeannette L
Bend, OR12 contributions
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May 2023 • Solo
Alba Game Fishing, and specifically Stewart Collingsworth, are amazing! I spent a wonderful day trout fishing the Whiteadder River. Although I landed no big fish, there were plenty willing to play with us. The quality of Stewart’s guiding, his personal charm and obvious fishing expertise made it a grand experience. Alba is an efficient, well run, professional operation and I highly recommend them.
Written 13 May 2023
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Jeanette, it was a real pleasure spending day with you and we certainly had some action on the dry fly, although the better fish eluded capture. That you again, you were terrific company and we really appreciate your custom, Kind regards, Stewart and the Team.
Written 24 May 2024
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Michael
London, UK2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
I came out for two days' fishing with Stewart and Cuillin in April 2022, comprising one day of salmon fishing on the Tweed, including a casting lesson, and some trout fishing on the Whiteadder. I mainly fish for trout and grayling in the South of England, but wanted to try some salmon fishing on a big river.

It was a fantastic experience and I can't recommend it enough.

I was picked up every morning at my hotel at a pre-arranged time and we went to beats that Stewart and Cuillin thought were suitable for that day.

Alba is a highly professional outfit and it was clear that the team want to develop lasting relationships with their clients.

They are both extremely competent fly fishing guides, passionate about what they do, and passionate about providing a high quality experience for their guests.

On the Whiteadder, we caught more wild brown trout than I can remember, and of a decent size and in beautiful condition. There was no fishing pressure where we were and we didn't see a person all day. Cuillin prepared several rods with different set ups (euro nymphing, wet flies, dry flies) and explained the strategy and tactics of each. I had my own trout rod, but ended up using those that were provided so that we could adjust our approach depending on conditions.

No catches on the salmon on the Tweed, but hey ho, it was a great day all the same. We saw several salmon jumping, we just couldn't tempt them! Stewart provided me with a few hours of spey casting lessons and after a break for coffee, we were fishing the rest of the morning and afternoon.

If you are in Scotland and want to have a great day fly fishing for salmon, trout, or grayling, I would highly recommend Alba. You will have great craic, get into fish, and improve your fishing. You may pay a bit of a premium compared to other operators, but the quality is clear:
- 1-1 client-guide ratio
- Flexibility: either bring your own or borrow their equipment; pick up from your hotel
- Access to excellent waters
- Teaching new techniques and strategies
- Safety in the water

Looking forward to coming back to Scotland this year and fishing again with Stewart, Cuillin, and team.

Michael
Written 31 January 2023
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Thank you for your feedback and for taking time to write a review. It was a pleasure to fish with you and I know you've already booked again for this year, so we very much look forward to seeingg you soon. Tight lines and best wishes, Stewart
Written 24 May 2024
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Luca K
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
I've known Stewart now for eight years. He's taken me and my family around Scotland twice, and I can say without a doubt he is not only the best guide you could ever ask for, including for young children, but also a genuine friend & a great person. He is kind, caring, attentive, bright, quite funny, and INCREDIBLY knowledgeable about Scotland. It's been a true pleasure having Stewart show us all over the Scottish countryside. He helped elevate our vacations to a truly special level. If you're wondering what to do in Scotland, look no further: Stewart and all of Alba Game Fishing have got you 110% covered.
Written 27 January 2023
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Luca, Thank you so much for leaving aa review. What a joy it was to see you both again, since you first fished with us all those years ago on the Tay and indeed, it was a privilege to show you around the secret spots of Scotland. Thanks for your friendship, company and laughter. Take care both of you and thanks again Stewart
Written 4 February 2023
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Jim H
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Spent a wonderful 3 days fishing 2 different beats on the Tweed River in October 2022. The guides: Bill Drew and Rob Scott were very helpful, knowledgeable and great companions. They help my casting and taught me several new things.
Stewart was very responsive during the booking process which was complicated due to the trip being delayed by the pandemic. He was gracious about rescheduling and provided good information. During the trip everyone was helpful and the pickups/dropoffs were convenient and timely.
I appreciate everyone associated with Alba Game Fishing and will certainly book them again if I make it back to Scotland!
Written 12 January 2023
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STEPHEN K
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Stewart's group is excellent - what a guiding group should be. Great knowledge and access, planning and follow through.
Written 10 January 2023
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Steve and Luca, thank you your review. It was a real pleasure showing you both around Scotland and the Isle of Skye. You were both great fun, great company and a joy to look after. Hope to see you both again, and a sincere thank you Kind regards, Stewart
Written 12 January 2023
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reasonableasy1s
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
I am an avid fly fisherman that has traveled the world fishing beautiful and amazing destinations. For my 60th birthday I wanted to tour and fish Scotland for the first time, along with my wife. Our idea was to stay in beautiful historic places, tour the hidden gems of Scotland and go fly fishing on famous Scotland rivers like the Tay, the Dee and the Spey. We had an idea of what we wanted to do however no good way to plan a touring and fishing travel trip until we found Stewart Collingswood and his company Alba Game Fishing of Scotland.
Planning a successful travel Holiday trip can be stressful; Stewart made the planning easy. We told Stewart what we wanted to do and with a phone call and emails, Stewart zeroed in on our preferences and gave us many choices of itineraries to several rivers, hotel reservations, restaurants, sights to see, river permits, gear for us both and trip timing.
By the time we flew to Scotland to start our trip we already felt like we knew Stewart well. In total we spent 7 full days traveling with Stewart and meeting many of his guides and local friends. We enjoyed touring, fishing, eating and the charm and beauty of Scotland. It was an un-anticipated surprise that Stewart is also an expert photographer, Spey Casting instructor, tour guide and chef. If you want the best of Scotland and the most exclusive fishing trip you can find call Stewart Collingswood at Alba Game Fishing!
Written 30 October 2022
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Jim, Thank you for leaving this review. It was a pleasure to take you both on a bespoke tour of Scotland. I'm delighted you enjoyed the myriad of experiences we got through. You were great company and I hope to see you again sometime. Thank you again Kind regards, Stewart
Written 12 January 2023
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Hartwilliford
Kennesaw, GA52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
This September we had a trip of a lifetime traveling with Alba Game Fishing throughout Scotland for twelve days. We loved it so much we have booked a trip once again next year. First, Stewart Collingswood and his staff are all super friendly, easy to be with, knowledgeable and ready to insure every detail of your tour is first class. I fished the Spey, Dee, Tweed and an Isle of Skye Loch and all of those days were productive and stunning with historic surroundings such as the Tulchan A beat of the Spey. Being with the infamous Ghillie John Anderson was a trip highlight. My wife fished the Dee with me one day but toured with Stewart on the other days that I fished. She found Stewart to be great company and comfortable to be with, extremely knowledgeable on everything Scotland and flexible to make certain every detail is perfect. Stewart arranged first class accommodations with gourmet meals throughout the visit. We would not change one thing about our trip and so look forward to traveling even further North to the Northern Isles of Scotland next year.
Written 27 October 2022
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Hart and Dee, Thank you so much for this lovely review. I am looking forward to seeing you both again in Sept 2023 for your second trip and then meeting you again on the Oyster Bamboo fly rod making course. Your warmth, friendship and generosity is hugely appreciated. Until Sept, thank you again, Warm Regards, Stewart
Written 12 January 2023
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