GP Life: I won a... fishing trip in Scotland

I was absolutely delighted to win a competition in GP for a six-night fishing holiday in the far north west of Scotland. I knew that this would be a far cry from my usual stomping grounds of Blagdon and Chew, south of Bristol. There were three GP winners, who accompanied our hosts from Williams Medical Supplies, all mad about fishing.

Scourie is a small village in north west Sutherland, near the top of Scotland, and the only significant centre for miles around. Scourie Hotel manages 25,000 acres of fishing, mainly in hill lochs and spate salmon and sea trout river systems.

We had been warned that we would have to walk long distances, and on the first day, I found myself hiking up to some very remote hill lochs perched between the mountains of Arkle and Foinavon. There we enjoyed fantastic views and caught plenty of trout.

While fishing is good in overcast, wet and breezy weather, we got quite a bit of the cold, wind and rain. But, it was worth it to be able to get out on various waters and catch some beautiful brownies.

On the last day I fished the beautiful Loch Stack, and I caught a salmon - my second ever. It was a great climax to the trip, and certainly a cause to celebrate. We all had a great time, largely due to the excellent company and guidance from our hosts from Williams, the staff at the Scourie Hotel and to Mac our Ghillie.

I fully intend to go back to Scourie sometime, and would recommend it to any fisherman who enjoys the hill lochs.

Dr Charlie Tricks is a GP in Somerset.

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