Our Services

At River Thurso we have a range of services to make your fishing days a memorable experience. Services available include Ghillie hire, Rod & Reel hire, Wader hire and transport to and from the beat.
Ghillie hire is charged at a rate of £80/day and this can be organised through our fishery manager Tim Hawes, contact him: email: tim@ulbsterarmshotel.co.uk Phone: 07734601562 Our Ghillies provide expert knowledge of the river and can provide tips on casting techniques and general salmon fishing skills, such as which fly is most suited for fishing that day or appropriate techniques such as backing-up. Your Ghillie will meet you on Monday morning in the Ghillie room at the back of the hotel at about 08:30. Guests are normally expected to provide transport for their Ghillie and at the end of the day, 17:00 bring them back to the hotel.
The River has 4 different excellent Rod/Reel combinations to hire, all straight from Scott Mackenzie. The award wining double handed DTX G2 rods, in both 13' (8#) and 14' (9#) models. These are available at £20 per day or £100 for the week. The excellent Scott Mackenzie Perflex rod, in both 13' (8#) and 14' (9#) models. These are available at £15 per day or £75 for the week. All rods are paired with Airflow V-lite reels with the appropriate weighted Scott Mackenzie G2 Spey lines. Please try and book rod hire in advance as we only have a limited number.
The river does have a number of waders to hire out. It is essential that these are pre-booked at least a month before they are required. All of our waders are boot-footed breathable chest waders. We carry the most popular sizes, but we do not carry a full range of smaller/larger sizes. if you need waders for a week and we do not have your size we will try and supply. £15 per day or £75 per week
We can provide transport to and from the beats on your fishing day, this must be pre-booked. Transport will be provided at 08:45 to take you to you beat and you will be picked up at 17:00 and taken back to the Hotel. £15 per day.
For other members in your party who are not fishing, the hotel can provide information on local activities. Trout Fishing, There are numerous opportunities for fishing for trout in Caithness and we will be delighted to advise on what is available.

More Information

Tim Hawes (Fishery Manager)
Email: tim@ulbsterarmshotel.co.uk
Phone: 01955 661325
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Our Facilities

At the back of the hotel we have the following facilities: A very spacious drying room that will dry the wettest of clothes overnight. An extended rod room that will allow you to keep you rods made up ready for the next day. A freezer room that allows you to freeze any fish that wish to take home with you.

Ghillies room

Our Ghillies room located outside the Ulbster Arms Hotel


Our drying room located at the back of the hotel


Our rod room located at the back of the hotel.