Braes - Shore Fishing C Skye

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Braes is a beautiful area overlooking Raasay and well tucked away from the main roads. The two main areas for fishing here are the Aird, an odd shaped promontory and Braes beach.

The Aird is the closest point between Skye and Raasay and gives fantastic views of Dun Caan. Fishing is best from the furthest tip of the promontory and puts you in reasonably deep water. Spinning here will produce good Pollock up to around 3lb and float fished Ragworm or Limpet generates good Wrasse. Have never had success here with beachcasters only managing a small Coaley a few years ago.

Braes beach is a rocky and pebbly shore overlooking Sconser where the Raasay ferry leaves from. I have never had success spinning here but beachcasting works well. Casting straight across to Sconser puts you in a deep channel with a reasonably clean sea bed. Expect to catch Cod, Whiting, Dogfish, Flounder and Dab. Using fish or worm baits would be your best bet on a 1 hooked 2/0 rig. Tides can pull heavily at times so I would recommend a grip lead.

To get to Braes follow the A87 between Portree and Sligachan where there are two turn offs. If coming from Sligachan the turning is on your right hand side before you cross the bridge over the River Varragill. If coming from Portree the turning is less than a mile after the Aros centre on your left hand side. From either of these routes follow the signs for Braes.
For the Aird at Braes continue on this road until you see a turning on your left for Balmeanach. Go down this road and continue until you see a white cottage with a small gravel carpark in front of it. By parking here you just look for the path that takes you onto the shore and round to the headland.
For Braes beach continue straight into Braes and right to the end of the road where you will find a tarmac parking area. from here you will see a path that takes you over the grass and onto braes beach.