Uig Lodge & Fhorsa Fishery - Estate Info

Uig Lodge was described by Lord Leverhulme’s niece, who was given the lodge by him as a wedding present, as having a “scene which surely has few equals in all Britain for sheer breathtaking loveliness”. It is hard to argue with this statement. Uig Lodge is set in a spectacular position overlooking, but with easy access to, the magnificent white sands of Uig Bay to the west and to the south the contrastingly dramatic views of the Harris hills. It is an ideal base not only for the experienced salmon fishermen, but also for ferox and brown trout enthusiasts owing to the numerous hill lochs nearby, in addition to the Fhorsa system itself.

Uig Lodge & Fhorsa Fishery - Sport

Sport at Uig is overseen by Kenny Mackay whose family have had an involvement in Uig Lodge for over 50 years. 

Loch Suainaval, about 3 miles long, is the headwater of the Fhorsa system and fishing from an estate boat provides salmon, ferox and brown trout. From there the river runs into Loch Slacsavat where salmon and brown trout can be fished from the bank or 2 boats. From the bank the river is then fished down through 15 named pools, 7 of which are tidal, to the sea and the renowned Bruton Stream providing one of the few opportunites to catch salmon and sea trout in salt water. Many of the tidal pools are ideal for beginners wishing to catch an estuary trout. The river is at its best when in spate but large numbers of fish can build up in the estuary in periods of low water. Fishing on the lochs is most productive in a good wind. Given water the first fish will run the river in June or even earlier but it is after the first spates in July that fish numbers start to build. 

The resident ghillie can also organise sea trips on the estate’s RIB whether to fish for mackerel or for exploring the coast line and lagoons, weather permitting. Recent catches of over 100 salmon, 50 sea trout & 400 brown trout make Uig a tremendous all round fishery complimented by a lodge in a fabulous situation.

Other Activities
Stalking and shooting can be let by arrangement on neighbouring estates. The Uig sands are ideal for kite surfing and sand yachting and together with other nearby beaches are popular for kayaking and beach combing. Sight seeing
trips to the Callanish standing stones, brochs, tweed mills and speedboat trips to St Kilda are other popular outings making the lodge a perfect base for a memorable Hebridean holiday.

Golf Course
A nine-hole links golf course, recently renovated, provides sport of a different kind for guests of all ages.

Lettings are Saturday to Saturday

Uig Lodge & Fhorsa Fishery - Equipment


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. A light double hander would not be out of place fishing the Bruton stream. 

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.


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.


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.


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

Uig Lodge & Fhorsa Fishery - Accommodation


The lodge has recently been refurbished and is extremely comfortable. It includes a sitting room with an open peat fire, dining room capable of seating 18, a rod room/ 2nd small sitting room, laundry room, drying room, and a large newly updated kitchen. Upstairs are 3 double en-suites, 4 twins and a single sharing 2 bathrooms. The lodge is let with the services of a good cook, but can also be taken on a self-catering basis.

Uig Lodge & Fhorsa Fishery - Location

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