Borve Lodge Estate is located on the rugged coastline on the western edge of the Isle of Harris, directly facing the Atlantic in all its glory. This unique landscape – of  mountains, talcum-sand beaches and crystal-clear waters – is the stunning backdrop for a full range of Sporting activities on the Estate.

Borve Lodge Estate also owns the Isle of Taransay, well-known for being the location of the BBC series, Castaway 2000.  Taransay is home to a good herd of red deer, and this location provides a stunning backdrop for some of the most spectacular stalking in Scotland. The Estate also holds rights for walked up Grouse shooting on various tracts of West Harris, and the valley behind the Lodge is one of the best locations on the island for finding Woodcock.

In addition to sporting opportunities there are also a huge range of other activities to partake in including:- 

  • Sea Trips: The Estate has a 10-metre RIB for exploring the waters and locations around the Estate. By arrangement, the RIB can take up to 12 people to most areas in the Hebrides. The Estate also has a 13-metre ex-military landing craft, which is the main vessel used for servicing and reaching Taransay
  • Sport Shooting: The Estate has rights over several thousand acres of moorland that include some of the key shooting drives of West Harris. In season, the main shootings are Red Grouse, Woodcock and Snipe
  • Clay Shooting: A portable automatic ball trap is owned by the Estate, and experienced guns are welcome to practice their clay shooting skills. Qualified shooting instructors can also be arranged
  • Walking: The estate accommodation is on the BorveValley, which is one of the few areas of mature wood land in West Harris, and is a perfect location for walking and picnics. Beyond the environs of the estate, the walking options are endless
  • Sea Fishing: Trips to various locations, weather and season depending, can be arranged. Typical catch will be pollock and mackerel, but skate, cod and other species can be found in the abundant Hebridean waters
  • Bird Watching: Sea Eagles, Puffins and Corncrakes are just some of the birds that can be seen, according to season
  • Other activities that can be arranged are mountain biking, kayaking, surfing, sailing, kite-surfing

The Borve Lodge Estate Fisheries lie amongst some of the most beautiful scenery in the Western Isles.  The streams flow through rugged mountainous terrain and journey just a few kilometres down to the west coast and its famous white sandy beaches.  Most of these streams provide excellent spawning for salmon and sea-trout and they flow in and out of numerous small lochs that provide the venues for targeting the returning adult fish.

The Estate’s main sea-trout and salmon fishery is centred on the two lower lochs on the LaxdaleRiver.  Located at the head of Luskentyre Estuary, Loch Fincastle covers approximately 3 hectares lying just above sea-level and is only separated from the sea at high tides by the dam wall.  Loch Fincastle provides the cream of the sport in the early season, with fresh run sea-trout and grilse normally arriving from late June to early July.  Loch Fincastle has two boats, and being small and shallow it is easy to cover and to familiarise yourself with the best lies.  Loch Fincastle and the nearby sea-pools are also very fishable from the bank.

Like most West Coast systems, the salmon and sea-trout in the LaxdaleRiver average about 5lbs and 1.5lbs respectively.  In recent years a number of salmon over 14lbs have been caught. The record salmon is 16lb 2oz and the record sea-trout is 13lb.

Stalking

 

Deer stalking takes place on Borve Lodge Estate usually from August until February each year and is an essential part of the estate’s habitat management programme. A population of wild Red Deer, (1 stag and 4 hinds), was introduced to Taransay in the early 1980’s and this population has multiplied and now numbers around 150 animals.

The stag herd on Taransay provides an amazing wildlife spectacle during the rut which usually starts in September and peaks in October. The Stags move down to the low ground pasture to join the Hind groups and then compete for mating rights. The sound of roaring Stags and clashing antlers echoes around the island and the deer can be observed in close proximity, which provides superb photographic opportunities.

Careful and considered management ensures that the deer herd compliments the available resources on the island and it is this herd that provides the opportunities for visitors to enjoy the most traditional and inspiring of Scottish sporting activities. Stalking is traditionally conducted on foot and under the guidance of our Head Stalker and under the auspices of current best practice. We can confidently say that it is one of the most incredible places in the UK to be able to stalk Red Deer. Completely surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, the scenery and mosaic of Taransay are genuinely breathtaking.

 

The Lodge itself was built in 1868, and served as the hunting lodge for Lord Leverhulme, when he was the Lord of the Isles in the 1920s.  It was built for its commanding position over the West Harris coastline, and the ocean, beach and headland are just a few minutes walk away across a lawn of wild machair grass.

The accommodation package consists of:

  • Fully maintained as a self-catering residence, with kitchen geared for catering for large parties
  • Two main public rooms; the Banquet Room for dining (seating 14), and the Blue Room as a lounge TV area
  • Bedrooms, 4 doubles (3 en suite), and 1 twin. The set sleeping arrangements are for 10 people, but extra bedding can be arranged if required for more children
  • Full Sky TV package
  • Games rooms with table tennis, small pool table and weight training apparatus
  • WiFi throughout the Lodge via Satellite broadband (20 MBPS)
  • Washer and dryer
  • Heating from storage and electric heaters
  • Fireplace with wood and peat fuel
  • All necessary Sporting equipment listed under Equipment
  • Dogs are not allowed into the Lodge, but the Estate has a modern kennel facility located at the Estate Manager’s residence and comfortable arrangements can be made for visiting dogs

Call our team of sporting professionals direct on +44 (0)1738 451 600 or make an enquiry through our contact form.

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Borve Lodge Estate - Estate Info

Borve Lodge Estate is located on the rugged coastline on the western edge of the Isle of Harris, directly facing the Atlantic in all its glory. This unique landscape – of  mountains, talcum-sand beaches and crystal-clear waters – is the stunning backdrop for a full range of Sporting activities on the Estate.

Borve Lodge Estate also owns the Isle of Taransay, well-known for being the location of the BBC series, Castaway 2000.  Taransay is home to a good herd of red deer, and this location provides a stunning backdrop for some of the most spectacular stalking in Scotland. The Estate also holds rights for walked up Grouse shooting on various tracts of West Harris, and the valley behind the Lodge is one of the best locations on the island for finding Woodcock.

In addition to sporting opportunities there are also a huge range of other activities to partake in including:- 

  • Sea Trips: The Estate has a 10-metre RIB for exploring the waters and locations around the Estate. By arrangement, the RIB can take up to 12 people to most areas in the Hebrides. The Estate also has a 13-metre ex-military landing craft, which is the main vessel used for servicing and reaching Taransay
  • Sport Shooting: The Estate has rights over several thousand acres of moorland that include some of the key shooting drives of West Harris. In season, the main shootings are Red Grouse, Woodcock and Snipe
  • Clay Shooting: A portable automatic ball trap is owned by the Estate, and experienced guns are welcome to practice their clay shooting skills. Qualified shooting instructors can also be arranged
  • Walking: The estate accommodation is on the BorveValley, which is one of the few areas of mature wood land in West Harris, and is a perfect location for walking and picnics. Beyond the environs of the estate, the walking options are endless
  • Sea Fishing: Trips to various locations, weather and season depending, can be arranged. Typical catch will be pollock and mackerel, but skate, cod and other species can be found in the abundant Hebridean waters
  • Bird Watching: Sea Eagles, Puffins and Corncrakes are just some of the birds that can be seen, according to season
  • Other activities that can be arranged are mountain biking, kayaking, surfing, sailing, kite-surfing
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