Ben Hope is the most northerly Munro and is situated at the south end of Loch Hope in one of the true remaining wildernesses of Scotland.
Loch Hope is famous for its Sea Trout and Salmon fishing. Most of the great Scottish Sea Trout lochs have seen a steady decline in the runs of wild fish since the introduction of salmon farms around the coastline.
However, Loch Hope is fed from the north coast where there are no salmon farms, and still provides excellent fishing sport - more proof if it were needed of the effect of salmon farming on Scottish wild fish populations.
Climbing Ben Hope
The car park for Ben Hope (927m) is situated on the single track road that runs between Altnaharra and Loch Hope - it is close to the loch end of the road.
Here is a link to the car park in Google Maps
There is a sign at the car park saying "Way Up Ben Hope" - follow the path!
Take care on this road, this section doesn't have the usual passing places with poles to mark them, instead, it is widened at each corner, so as you go round a corner and see a car coming on the straight ahead, stop at the corner as there may not be a passing place further on.
The picture on the right will give you an idea of the road, and the remoteness of this area.
Fishing Loch Hope
Loch Hope is divided into The North End, Middle Bay and The South End.
Unusually for a loch, some parts are also split into beats. The North End has four beats, and the South End has three Beats.
Middle Bay is not divided into beats, but is big enough to have four boats on it.
The boats are let out by various estates, but the easiest way to get onto the loch, is to stay at the Altnaharra Hotel. They have a boat on the south end, and a boat on Middle Bay.
The hotel is comfortable, friendly, provides great food and is geared up to looking after anglers.
They also provide an excellent packed lunch too!
Prospective anglers, feel free to contact Pictures of Scotland for fishing tips, fly patterns etc.