Fly-Fishing Trout Loch
near Livingston in Scotland
12.5 acre loch with around 7 acres maintained for fly-fishing
Stocked on a weekly basis with big healthy hard fighting Rainbow, Blue and Tiger trout average above 3lbs
Depth varies from nearly 30ft in the basin and along the dam wall to shallower waters of two or three feet near some pegs.
Total Flyfisher "Best Small Stillwater" award two years running
33 fishing pegs accommodating 28 anglers at a time
Two piers are wheelchair accessible
All piers have landing net, wooden box seat, litter bin and astro turf non-slip surface
Fishing lodge with hot drinks, snacks and microwave
Tackle shop, lounge and toilets
Hard surface car-parking
CCTV security system
Fly fishing for trout
Catch & release and catch & keep tickets available
Buffets available for group bookings and competitions
See contacts page below for phone numbers and other booking details
Bangour Trout Fishery is situated in the south-east part of Bathgate Hills, just 17 miles west of Edinburgh in West Lothian near the small village of Dechmont, surrounded by picturesque woodland.
Originally built in 1902 as a water supply for Bangour village hospital (Edinburgh War Hospital), it was stocked with brown trout to keep the water pure and the senior staff were allowed to fish here.
The loch is 720 feet above sea level and holds 16 million gallons of fresh water which spills off into the Brox burn river when rain enters the loch from an 870 acre catchment area running from the 5,500 year old neolithic ritual site at Cairnpapple hill just a few miles to the west.
Catch & Release: Fish must not be removed from the water or handled in any way.
Catch & Release: Barbless or debarbed hooks only (must pass snag test).
Fly fishing only (wet or dry). Max 1 rod in use at a time.
Min 6 lb breaking strain line. Max hook size 8.
Max 1 hook per fly. Min 20 inches between flies.
No flickers, boobies, tandems, snakes, or static lures.
Fishing only from numbered platforms or from dam seat boxes.
Biosecurity: Use nets provided by the fishery only. No fish keep bags in the water.
All brown trout are wild and must be released.
If a fish is damaged do not return it. Contact a member of staff. No charge will be made.
Put litter in bins provided (including cigarette butts and old line).
Max 1 child under 16 per adult and the child must be under constant supervision.
No alcohol. No dogs. Music/radio on personal headphones only.
Always show courtesy, consideration and awareness for other people.
Care for the environment, property, fish and other wildlife (e.g. ducks, swans).
Take responsibility for your own actions. Remember that the outdoors cannot be made risk-free. Act with care at all times for your own safety and that of others.
Fishery staff decisions are final. Anyone failing to adhere to the rules or responsibilities will be asked to leave.
Catch & Keep (C&K) tickets
8 hrs - Keep first 4 Fish then C&R - £27
6 hrs - Keep first 3 Fish then C&R - £23
4 hrs - Keep first 2 Fish then C&R - £20
Catch & Release (C&R) tickets
8 hrs - £17
6 hrs - £15
4 hrs - £13
Shared tickets and concessions
Tickets are also available for adult and child, instructors and students, or for couples sharing a rod and a platform.
£3 discount on all tickets for seniors (65+) on weekdays
Enquiries and Bookings
Please use the form below, email or call the fishery directly to check availability and pre-book sessions.
We're happy to take bookings up to year in advance or on the day you are planning to fish subject to availability.
Address and Contact details
Bangour Trout Fishery
near Dechmont, Broxburn
Scotland EH52 6GU
Summer Season hours
March to November 3rd
Lodge opens 8:30am
Tuesday to Friday until 5pm
Weekends until 5pm
Winter Season hours
November 5th - March 15th
Open only on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday
8:30am until 1pm subject to weather.