Near Stornoway, The Outer Hebrides
Amidst turquoise sea, white sand, dramatic mountains and shimmering lochs, Uig Lodge is set in one of the most spectacular positions in Scotland, overlooking the magnificent Uig Bay on the west coast of the Isle of Lewis.
Uig Lodge has the wonderful advantage over other fisheries of being able to offer its guests an entire river system to fish. The Fhorsa System begins in Loch Suainaval, runs into Loch Slacsavat, and then meanders through pretty river pools, before flowing out into the sea via the Bruton Stream. It is here where one has the rare opportunity of catching a salmon on the fly in salt water, making Uig a unique fly fishing destination.
Whether you prefer to fish from a boat in the loch or from the banks of the river, an experienced ghillie will be on hand to get you into the right place. Depending on the time of year, you can fish for salmon, brown trout, ferox trout and sea trout, or if you prefer sea fishing, take a trip on the estate RIB in search of mackerel, pollock and an adrenalin rush!
With recent annual catches of over 100 salmon, 50 sea trout and 400 brown trout, Uig is a superb all-round fishery and has plenty to offer the experienced fisherman as well as the complete beginner.
Salmon fishing season: 1st June – 15th October
Trout fishing season: 15th March to 6th October
Four to six rods depending on the season. Fishing is by fly only.
Fishing - Atlantic Salmon - 1 June - 15 October
Fishing - Sea Trout - 15 March - 6 October
Fishing - Brown Trout - 15 March - 6 October
The daily running of the lodge is overseen by the wonderful keeper, Kenny Mackay, whose family has been involved in Uig Lodge for over 50 years.
The lodge sleeps fifteen in three doubles, four twins and one single; nearly all of which have incredible sea or mountain views to rival anywhere in the world. Three of the bedrooms are en-suite and there are two additional family bathrooms. Downstairs includes a comfortable sitting room with an open peat fire, a large dining room, a TV/children’s room, a laundry room and a well equipped and recently refurbished kitchen. There is a stereo with an iPod docking station in the sitting room and wi-fi is available throughout the lodge.
Depending on the time of year and what you would prefer, the lodge can be let on a self catering basis or with an experienced chef. Breakfast, lunch and supper would be prepared by the chef, with an emphasis on fresh local produce such as lobster, scallops, prawns, black pudding, salmon, venison and lamb.
Stalking and shooting
Stalking, walked-up grouse and woodcock shooting can be arranged on neighbouring estates.
White sandy beaches
You are spoilt for choice with this rugged coastline, peppered with spectacular white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters. On a sunny day when the sea becomes a brilliant turquoise, you could mistake these beaches for a tropical paradise. Boasting the highest shell content in Scotland (around 80-95%), the beaches of Uig are amongst the best in the world. Stroll down the hill onto the stunning sands of Uig Bay for some beach cricket and a barbecue, or take a short drive and discover some of Lewis’s smaller but equally beautiful soft sand beaches. Whichever one you choose, you are likely to have it all to yourself.
Uig Bay is ideal for swimming, power kiting, kite surfing and kite buggying, and kayaking is also popular off the smaller quieter beaches. The wilder beaches, open to the Atlantic, have fantastic year round surf and between September and April the waves offer the experienced surfer some of Europe’s most supreme conditions. Mangersta Beach, a few miles down the coast, has probably the best surfing conditions on the island. Its wild seas are not suitable for children but there are plenty of coves and caves to explore and when the tide is out, numerous small pools appear for children to play in. Surfing tuition and equipment hire can be arranged locally.
In the summer, Uig Lodge has its own RIB on the sea and if the conditions are right, boat trips can be arranged to deserted islands and otherwise inaccessible beaches, including the stunning ‘Blue Lagoon’ of Pabay. These trips can also be combined with some sea fishing for mackerel and pollock.
Thanks to the recent discovery of a map detailing the original 1930s golf course, Uig Lodge has restored its small but enchanting 9 hole course overlooking the beautiful bay. The course is solely for the private use of the guests. There is also an 18 hole parkland course in Stornoway, or head down to Harris Golf Course and play 9 holes on what Nick Faldo describes as the “most beautiful course” he has played.
Walking and wildlife
With miles of beautiful beaches, glistening hill lochs, empty glens and dramatic mountain views, the west coast of Lewis is a walker’s paradise, brimming with wildlife from golden eagles and red deer in the hills, to seals and rare seabirds on the coast. Whales and dolphins can sometimes be seen and it’s not unusual to spot an otter. In the summer the machair is amass with colourful wild flowers including a wide range of orchids.
The spectacular cliffs of Lewis are home to several species of seabird including fulmars, kittiwakes, shags, gannets and black guillemots. The fresh and salt water lochs are where you will find a large variety of waders and other shoreline feeding birds, including redshanks, oystercatchers, curlews, ringed plovers and the elusive black throated divers. Take a speedboat trip to the Flannan Islands to see the puffins and storm petrels, or venture further afield to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of St Kilda; home to the largest seabird colony in Scotland.
Painting and photography
With the ever changing light, spectacular unspoilt scenery, dramatic weather conditions and a rich legacy of history and culture, Lewis is alive with opportunities for amateur and professional artists. The island has a thriving collection of galleries with art and photography courses available, making Uig Lodge a perfect base for you to indulge in your art. With notice, we can arrange work shops at Uig Lodge – please enquire for further information.
Lewis is steeped in both history and mystery, going back over 8,000 years since man is believed to have first inhabited the island. Experience traditional island life in the restored Blackhouse Village of Gearrannan and visit the ancient stone circles at Callanish and the Dun Carloway Broch (Iron Age fort) which dates from 100-300BC. Lewis is also home to the Trussel Stone, the largest single standing stone in Scotland.
See how the world famous Harris Tweed is made. Harris Tweed is one of the great surviving craft industries and is the only fabric in the world that is governed by its own Act of Parliament. By law, it can only be produced in the Outer Hebrides by weavers working in their own homes, using pure virgin wool dyed and spun in the Outer Hebrides.
|Contact Name||Dickon Green|
Isle of Lewis
|Telephone||Click to see Number01851 672250|
|Nearest Airport||Stornoway and Inverness|
|Accommodation||Uig Lodge is a traditional and working sporting estate which boasts a magnificent lodge with a comfortable and homely atmosphere.|