Membership FOR 2024

MEMBERSHIP of the OTFA is the most active way for the individual angler to support the essential work of conservation and preservation of the trout fishing in Orkney. For a nominal sum of money, local and visiting anglers may use all the facilities of the Association and also ensure the future of some of the best wild trout fishing available.

Full details of Membership for 2024 wil be avilable on this page at the begining of March following the AGM

William Shearer, Victoria St. Kirkwall
Merkister Hotel, Harray


For the 2024 season anglers may join/renew their OTFA subscription online. Site keys, boat tags and visiting angler brochure if required, will still be available for collection
from W. Shearer, Victoria St, Kirkwall on the production of a membership payment receipt.

Replacement/spare keys, if required. can be purchased from
William Shearer,
Victoria Street,

For further information contact:

Malcolm Russell
Heddle Road,
Orkney KW17 2EG

Tel: 01856 761586


Boat Hire on Orkney Lochs

Need A Local Ghillie?

If you would like to emai Jim Adams, direct or through the web site contact form he can put you in touch with a local ghillie

Recently we have been receiving a number of enquiries regarding boat hire on the Orkney Lochs. Over the past few seasons the number of local land owners making boat hire available has decreased probably due to the rising costs involved in offering this service.
Local OTFA members in general do not hire out their own boats, engines and equipment but a few local anglers offer a ghillie service with boats and motors on all the lochs but again do not advertise and rely on word of mouth. The aforementioned if by far your safest option and should guarantee excellent boats, motors and fishing – but comes at a price.

To our knowledge the following are at present hiring boats on our lochs:

Harray Loch: Merkister Hotel, telephone: 01856 771366

Boardhouse: Barony Hotel, telephone 01856 721327 or
Mr W Hay, telephone 01856 841722

Swannay: Mr R Breck, telephone: 01856 721281