Barvas Estate Fishings

Isle Of Lewis, HS2 0RA
Offers Over £375,000


The Barvas Estate Fishings

Further Information

Barvas Estate is something of a rarity as a sporting estate, offering exciting wild sport for nearly ten months of the year. In spring there is wonderful salmon and trout fishing; in the autumn the walked-up grouse, snipe and wildfowl provide exciting sport and there is the opportunity to venture to the hills for red deer stalking and woodcock shooting in the late autumn and winter months.

Barvas Estate, as a whole, comprises a comfortable eight bedroom traditional sporting lodge and two further cottages together with the fishing rights over three complete river systems namely the Barvas River including Loch Barvas, the River Arnol and Loch Urrahag. In addition there is a 25 year lease in place for the shooting and stalking rights over approximately 34,200 acres, which were formerly part of the Barvas Estate.

The Barvas fishings are offered for sale as a separate lot and offer the rare opportunity to own the salmon and trout fishing rights over three entire river systems, stretching from source to mouth, namely the the Barvas River, the Arnol River and Loch Urrahag. Each system includes numerous small tributaries and lochans before flowing into the main body of the river or larger lochs. The fishing season opens on 11th February and closes on 31st October with the main run of fish starting from late May onwards when the conditions are right, with fishing by fly only throughout the season.

The Barvas River has long been regarded as the most prolific of the three river systems with August and September offering the best sport. In the earlier months of the season fishing is generallyconfined to the loch which is most effectively fished from a boat. The river rises in Loch Scaravat and falls for about eight miles into Loch Barvas before flowing into the short sea pool at its mouth. The Loch extends to about 245 acres and is relatively shallow with some deeper pools. The 10 year average is about 170 fish and the general policy has been to release larger cock fish and all hen fish.

The Arnol River rises to the north of Barvas Hills and falls into the sea at Arnol after a run of about eight miles. Historically it was regarded to be one of the most fruitful rivers on the Isle of Lewis but has only been lightly fished in more recent times with the occasional salmon caught.

The Loch Urrahag system is mainly made up of a number of lochs connected by burns and smaller tributaries. Whilst the salmon and trout fishing rights are owned over the these waters in practice it is only suitable for brown trout fishing as a gravel bank at the mouth of Loch Eirearaigh prevents any migratory fishing entering.

Rods are currently let on a daily basis with many of the summer weeks taken by the current owners of the estate.

Exceptional brown trout fishing can be enjoyed on many of the smaller hill amongst the wild and dramatic scenery.

Area Guide

The Isle of Lewis is a land of dramatic and varied landscapes, spectacular beaches and soaring cliffs, rich with flora and fauna, wildlife and birdlife. It is one of the last truly natural and unspoilt places left in Britain. Lewis is the northern part of Lewis and Harris, the largest island of the Western Isles (Outer Hebrides). The total area of Lewis is 683 square miles and has about 18,400 permanent residents. Tourism, sheep farming and crofting are the mainstays of the local economy.

Lewis offers excellent opportunities for sporting activities such as walking, sailing, surfing, bird watching, cycling and golf on the 18 hole Stornoway golf course in the grounds of Lews Castle. It also enjoys a rich cultural heritage which is celebrated in the form of a three day Hebridean Celtic Festival every July.

The long summer days and the warm current of the Gulf Stream ensure Lewis' seawaters are a rich feeding ground for fish. There is plenty to be caught by anglers of all abilities, both just off-shore and further afield, where mackerel, cod, pollock, coalfish and ling can be found. There are also lobsters, crabs, scallops and langoustines off the coast. The west coast is famous for its exciting sailing. The village of Carloway is located 12 miles south of the estate and is a popular anchorage for yachts due to its sheltered harbour and bay. Moorings may also be available subject to availability. Located about three miles from the harbour is the uninhabited island of Little Berna: known for its white sandy beach and regarded by many to be one of the most beautiful beaches in the British Isles. The bay at Bratanish Mor is also recognised as a good natural anchorage and lies beneath the mysterious standing stones at Callanish (18 miles). This historical site is considered to be second only to Stonehenge in neolithic importance in the UK.

The island's principal town, Stornoway, has a good selection of shops, supermarkets, schooling, professional services and leisure facilities.

From Stornoway take the A857 northwards for 11 miles. Continue past the community centre on the left hand side and after a short distance the Lodge can be seen at the junction.

By Air: Flybe ( run daily services to Stornoway from Edinburgh, Inverness and Glasgow.

By Ferry: There are regular sailings from Ullapool to Stornoway or from Uig (Isle of Skye) to Harris and drive north. Both services are provided by Caledonian Macbrayne (

Car hire: Stornoway Car Hire (


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Luke French

Savills Edinburgh

Wemyss House

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+44 (0) 131 247 3720

Charles Dudgeon

Savills Edinburgh

Wemyss House

8 Wemyss Place

8 Wemyss Place


+44 (0) 131 247 3720