Soval Estate, Isle of Lewis

Scottish Sporting Gazette

You have to be fairly dedicated to the cause to visit Soval. Situated on Lewis, the most northerly of the Western Isles, it takes some getting to. But - and it's a big but - once there, you can be sure that your efforts will be more than rewarded.

The Lodge

Soval Lodge sits on the side of a hill on its own 500-acre farm one mile from the road and commands uninterrupted sweeping views of the sea loch and the Harris hills beyond. 

Fishing

Scottish Sporting Gazette

Soval provides some excellent fly only salmon and sea trout fishing on the whole of the Laxay River. The Laxay is some three and a half miles long with 10 named pools and flows from Loch Trealaval down to Loch Valtos and from there into the sea. It is in Loch Valtos, which has three boats on it, and the pools near to this Loch that most salmon are caught.

Scottish Sporting Gazette

The Laxay estuary also provides some excellent fishing for sea trout. In addition, salmon and trout fishing is available by boat on Loch Langavat at the top end of the famous Grimersta fishing. There are also over 100 lochs offering excellent opportunities for wild brown trout fishing.

Shooting

Scottish Sporting Gazette

Shooting is available from 12 August for grouse and snipe. All the shooting is walked-up over pointers. The terrain comprises of rough hill ground rising from sea level to 900ft. The shooting extends to 75,000 acres of moorland.

Scottish Sporting Gazette

Soval also offers wild shooting at its best, with driven woodcock in late November or early December and flighting for ducks and the increasing number of geese.

Stalking

Scottish Sporting Gazette

50,000 acres of attractive red deer stalking ground is available for guests on the west side of the Island. This ground is often accessed by boat, which makes an exciting day.

Guests are accompanied by one of the resident stalkers, Michael Mackenzie or Malcolm MacInnes, and an estate .270 is provided.

For more, visit: www.sovalestate.co.uk

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