An update from Scotland on the upcoming Commonwealth Championships

Commonwealth Fly Fishing Championships 2022

Islay, Scotland – 27th June to 3rd July 2022

Information Bulletin No 1

Hello all, we hope you are all well, safe and looking forward to being able to travel, fish and meet up at the next Commonwealth Fly Fishing Championship being held on the Inner Hebridean Isle of Islay.

The CFFC dates have now been finalised as 26th June – 3rd July 2022 and will be based at The Machrie Hotel, Isle of Islay. https://www.campbellgrayhotels.com/machrie-islay-scotland/

As presented at the closing dinner in NZ last year the format of the competition has been changed to fishing one 3-hour session per day to provide a less demanding schedule, allow more time to socialise, and give the opportunity to explore and experience the magic and mystic of the Isle of Islay. We are also excited to host the inaugural Alumni CFFC event that is to be fished over 2 x 3-hour sessions on designated venues.

We have set out an outline programme for the Championship week and the competition and practice waters. The timings will be confirmed once we have fully considered the factors of best fishing times, logistics, travel times and social events. Regular information updates will be issued throughout the year months leading up to the event and should you have any queries please ask as the organising team will be happy to assist in any way.

 

Travelling to Islay

Getting to Islay can be an adventure in itself so allow yourselves time to enjoy the journey, soak up the scenery and stop off to experience some of Scotland’s history. For those looking for a direct and quick journey there is a short 40 minute flight from Glasgow or Edinburgh to Islay with Loganair https://www.loganair.co.uk/destinations/scotland/islay and vehicle hire is available on the island at https://www.islaycarhire.com/ However, should you wish a more leisurely experience travelling to Islay we would recommend that our international guests hire your vehicle at Glasgow or Edinburgh Airport whichever you fly in to and drive the scenic road to the Calmac Ferry terminal at Kennacraig

https://www.theaa.com/route-planner/route?from=Edinburgh%20Airport,%20Eastfield%20Avenue,%20Edinburgh,%20UK&to=Kennacraig%20Ferry%20Terminal,%20Tarbert,%20UK

This road journey will take you along the shores of Loch Lomond and up and over the ‘Rest and Be Thankful’ https://www.visitscotland.com/info/towns-villages/rest-and-be-thankful-p250101 past the popular Loch Fyne Oyster Bar and Deli https://www.lochfyne.com/oyster-bar-deli where you can stop and taste some fresh local shell fish, and then on to the historical town of Inveraray another popular pit stop or overnight stay https://www.thegeorgehotel.co.uk/ where you can visit the Neo-Gothic Inveraray Castle family home of Dukes of Argyll, the Neoclassical Church, and Inveraray Jail and Courthouse (a must see!)   https://www.visitscotland.com/info/towns-villages/inveraray-p235311 From Inveraray you’ll travel through Lochgilphead and Tarbert at the top of Kintyre where you’ll arrive at Kennacraig Ferry Terminal. The ferry crossing is a great way to see some of Scotland’s rugged west coast and islands the crossing taking just over 2 hours that has to be booked well in advance via https://www.calmac.co.uk/

 

Accommodation

For teams who intend to travel to Islay in advance of the competition week we would strongly advise that you book your accommodation well in advance as tourism demand can restrict availability. You will find some links below to some hotel and self-catering accommodation options and please search booking.com, Airbnb, TripAdvisor, hometogo and Vrbo websites

 

https://www.islayinfo.com/islay_selfcatering.html

http://www.islayjura.com/stay.php?cat=239

https://islaycottages.com/accommodation/

https://www.holidayhomes.co.uk/

https://www.cottages.com/

https://www.bowmore.com/bowmore-cottages

https://islaycroftholidays.com/

 

Competition Week – 26th June to 3rd July 2022

  • Sunday 26th June – Check into the Machrie Hotel, Opening Ceremony and Dinner
  • Monday 27th June – Practice Day, Captains Meeting
  • Tuesday 28th June – Competition Session 1
  • Wednesday 29th June – Competition Session 2 & Alumni Session 1
  • Thursday 30th June – Competition Session 3
  • Friday 1st July – Competition Session 4 & Alumni Session 2
  • Saturday 2nd July – Competition Session 5. Casting and Fly-Tying Comp, Closing Ceremony and Dinner.
  • Sunday 3rd July – Check out of Hotel and head home.

 

Competition Waters

  • Loch Gorm – Sectors A & B – Bank Fishing
  • Loch Finlaggan – Sector C – Bank Fishing
  • Loch Kinnabus – Sector D – Bank Fishing
  • Loch Ballygrant – Sector E – Boat Fishing

 

Alumni Competition Waters

  • Glenastle Loch
  • School Loch

 

Practice Waters

Lochs Lossit, Skerrols, Ardnahoe, Ardnave, Drolsay, Cam, Nan Cadhan, Nam Ban, Leathann, Fada to name but a few.