Aline Estate is located on the boundary of Lewis and Harris and covers 8,000 acres of beautiful hill, moor and loch. In addition the Estate also has sporting rights over a further 1,600 acres. The estate is bounded by the wild coastline and the lodge sits at the head of Loch Seaforth and has spectacular views of the Loch, Seaforth Island and also of Clisham, the highest mountain in the Outer Hebrides.  Aline is not just an all round sporting estate; it is also a true wilderness where golden eagles, peregrines, merlins, sea eagles, snowy owls, puffins, divers, seals, otters, dolphins and whales all may be spotted, sometimes from the Lodge. The beaches of Lewis and Harris are rightly famous and the estate has sea boats that enable tenants to explore, to picnic on Seaforth Island (part of the estate), and to fish.  

Fishing
There are four main systems on the estate.  Loch Langavat is the headwater of the Grimersta system and provides excellent boat and bank fishing for salmon and trout. The Estate also fishes one bank of the Langadale River at the head of the loch which can be prolific in spate conditions. The Tiorsdam system consists of a small spate river and loch above that enjoys runs of salmon and sea trout from early July. In addition the picturesque Scaladale gets runs of salmon, again from early July, and the rarely fished Vigadale offers the adventurous a rewarding day trip.

There is trout fishing on numerous little hill lochs and weather permitting, our sea boats can take up to 8 people fishing for mackerel, pollock, or skate and putting down and pulling up the estate’s prawn and crab pots.

Shooting
Aline has several English pointers and birds are mostly shot over pointers, with grouse beginning in September. Snipe are available from October onwards and woodcock from November onwards. In addition to shooting over pointers, the estate conducts very challenging driven woodcock shooting in the forestry, with daily bags ranging from 15 to 30 or more, depending on the experience of the guns. In some years, as many as 120 woodcock have been shot each season both in the forestry and on the moor. Two-day shooting weekends can be arranged consisting of driven woodcock in late November, December, and January. Duck shooting in the evening is on our flight ponds; occasionally geese are shot as well.

Stalking
Red deer stalking is available on the estate’s hills and in the adjacent forest. The main stalking period commences in September, although earlier stags may be found in the forestry. Hind stalking begins toward the end of October. Aline is an all round estate offering a variety of sporting and spectacular scenery. The highest mountain in the Outer Hebrides, Clisham, is next door (and viewed from the Lodge) and makes a challenging hike. Wildlife abounds, golden eagles, peregrines, merlins, sea eagles, snowy owls, puffins, divers, seals, otters, dolphins and whales all may be spotted, sometimes from the Lodge, sometimes from one of the sea boats. The beaches of Lewis and Harris are nearby and ideal for a Sunday picnic. Day trips to the 800 acre Seaforth Island, which is part of the estate, can be done via one of several sea boats, to enjoy walks and picnics.

A Head Gamekeeper and Trainee Gamekeeper live on the estate and are responsible for conducting the sport. Lettings are Saturday to Saturday

Rods

For salmon and sea trout on the lochs and rivers of Lewis and Harris a 10ft 7 weight is the ideal tool. The same rod can be pressed into service on the brown trout lochs although this is often ‘too much rod’ and a 9 ft 5 weight might be more appropriate.

Dapping can be a deadly technique for sea trout. Some lodges have a supply of dapping rods but if not 17ft telescopic outfits can be cheaply sourced.

If you are planning on fishing in the sea for Pollock/coalfish off the rocks a 9 ft 9 weight is the best tool.

Lines

95% of the time a floating line would be the first choice in the western isles. In very high water or windy weather an intermediate might be useful or alternatively a couple of sinking polyleaders.  For sea fishing off the rocks fast sinking shooting heads are almost essential.

Flies

Generally people fish a 2 or 3 fly cast on the lochs. The size is largely dictated by the wind. Traditionally the top dropper would be drawn through the surface film with a slightly heavier fly or double on the point anchoring the cast. This is still a deadly technique. The bigger the wave the bigger the fly. Everyone has their favourites but we would recommend the following for the lochs:-

Muddler Minnow (natural, orange, on Harris traditional flies with muddler heads score heavily), zulu, kate maclaren, bibio, grouse and claret, soldier palmer, goats toe, clan chief, silver daddy, black pennel, butcher, green peter in a range of sizes.

River- Shrimp flies- cascade, ally, calvin. Dark flies- willie gunn, stoat, silver stoat, green butt. Teal blue and silver, medicine, Sunray and hitch tubes.

Trout- the smaller sizes of the loch patterns will cover much of the fishing but I would also take Hedgehogs, sedges, grouse and claret, doobry

Sea- Sinuous sandeel’s for Pollock etc, teal and blue for sea trout.

Other

Dapping floss, gink, nylon 6-12 lb’s, midge repellent.

 

In 2009, the 18th century lodge was completely refurbished (as were the boathouse, sauna complex, cottages, and byre), with new bedrooms, bathrooms (four of them en suite), kitchen, gunroom, sunroom, study, games room, and dining room. With no road between the lodge and the sea, most rooms enjoy magnificent views down Loch Seaforth to the Isle of Skye. The lodge has five double or twin bedrooms and one single bedroom (with four more bedrooms available in the nearby cottages) and provides comfortable accommodation for 11.

Lettings are Saturday to Saturday

Call our team of sporting professionals direct on +44 (0)1738 451 600 or make an enquiry through our contact form. Enquire
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Aline Estate, Isle of Lewis - Estate Info

Aline Estate is located on the boundary of Lewis and Harris and covers 8,000 acres of beautiful hill, moor and loch. In addition the Estate also has sporting rights over a further 1,600 acres. The estate is bounded by the wild coastline and the lodge sits at the head of Loch Seaforth and has spectacular views of the Loch, Seaforth Island and also of Clisham, the highest mountain in the Outer Hebrides.  Aline is not just an all round sporting estate; it is also a true wilderness where golden eagles, peregrines, merlins, sea eagles, snowy owls, puffins, divers, seals, otters, dolphins and whales all may be spotted, sometimes from the Lodge. The beaches of Lewis and Harris are rightly famous and the estate has sea boats that enable tenants to explore, to picnic on Seaforth Island (part of the estate), and to fish.  

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