Middle section of Loch Langavat: the largest freshwater loch in the Outer Hebrides
Lewis & Harris
Lewis offers some of the best salmon fishing in the Outer Hebrides and is also regarded as having some of the best summer salmon fishing in Europe. Lewis has an abundance of fisheries that are sure to excite and satisfy even the most demanding of anglers. From Grimersta in the West to the Creed in the east, the choice of fishing is staggering and often makes it difficult for one to decide where to cast a line. The islands are shrouded in angling history with Lewis holding the UK record salmon catch as already mentioned in the 'About the Hebrides' page. There are approximately 30 fisheries offering either salmon, sea trout or brown trout fishing from about June to October, with some fisheries starting as early as March but this being primarily for brown trout. The fisheries are all unique in their own way and all have their own individual attractions, from loch and river fishing in remote locations in some of the world’s most spectacular scenery, to easily accessible fishing within walking distance of Stornoway, the capital town of the Outer Hebrides.
Harris is probably better known for the lochs and rivers of the Amhuinnsuidhe Castle Estate, formerly the North Harris Estate and commonly known in angling circles as Amhuinnsuidhe after the Castle which lies in one of the most remote and tranquil of all fishing destinations in the Outer Hebrides. Amhuinnsuidhe Castle was built in the late 1800s by the Third Earl of Dunmore and is Britain's most westerly castle. Amhuinnsuidhe is however only one of many excellent salmon and trout fisheries in Harris with fisheries scattered from just outside Tarbert in the north to Leverburgh in the south and each offering their own piece of Hebridean magic. Harris is picture postcard country, with stunning landscapes and miles of golden sandy beaches and all of which surrounds some of the best summer salmon and sea trout fishing available today.
Uists, Benbecula & Barra
When you look at the Uists, Benbecula and Barra on an ordnance survey map, they look as much water as they do land and a large percentage of this is freshwater. The islands are littered with freshwater lochs, and it's as easy for an angler to change loch as it is to change fly. The Uists and Benbecula have two large sporting estates, North Uist Estate and South Uist Estate, and almost all the lochs and rivers are under their management. Both estates offer exceptional sea trout fishing, with a lot of this taking place in estuaries, and later in the season in lochs and rivers. The sea trout fishing in the Uists is regarded as being some of the best in the country, with the Hebrides being fortunate in having good runs of fish. Although it's for sea trout the Uist are better known, they also have good salmon fishing available and this is via both estates.
In the Uists and Benbecula most lochs hold good stocks of wild brown trout and the angling opportunities are huge. The machair lochs of South Uist offer the best brown trout fishing of all the Hebridean islands and some of the best in the country. There are two angling clubs active in the Uists and both have access to a great selection of lochs.
The island of Barra has no salmon or sea trout fishing but has some good brown trout fishing, with Loch Tangusdale being regarded as the best.