Borve Lodge Estate

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Borve Lodge Fishing's

The Borve Lodge Estate fisheries lie amongst some of the most beautiful scenery in the Outer Hebrides. The streams flow through rugged mountainous terrain and journey just a few kilometres down to the west coast and its famous white sandy beaches. Most of these streams provide excellent spawning for salmon and sea trout and they flow in and out of numerous small lochs that provide the venues for targeting the returning adult fish.

The Estate’s main sea trout and salmon fishery is centred on the two lower lochs on the Laxdale River. Located at the head of Luskentyre Estuary, Loch Fincastle covers approximately 3 hectares lying just above sea-level and is only separated from the sea at high tides by the dam wall. Loch Fincastle provides the cream of the sport in the early season. With fresh run sea trout and grilse normally arriving from late June to early July. Loch Fincastle has two boats, and being small and shallow it is easy to cover and to become familiar with the best lies. Loch Fincastle and the nearby sea-pools (Fincastle and Luskentyre) are also very fishable from the bank.

During summer spates, salmon and sea trout travel a mile further upstream to lie in Loch Laxdale which is slightly smaller than Fincastle. This loch has one boat which is essential for covering the best areas as this water is surrounded by flowering lilies and weed beds. As the season progresses the salmon accumulate in Loch Laxdale and during the latter half of the season the fishing in Loch Laxdale can be very productive.

Like most West Coast systems, the salmon and sea trout in the Laxdale River average about 5lbs and 1.5lbs respectively. The record salmon is 16lb 2oz and the record sea trout is 13lb. The salmon catches have remained steady over the years; however, anglers are asked to return ALL sea trout, salmon and grilse caught.

Roadside access throughout, good facilities and ease of locating fish all make this an excellent fishery for visiting anglers, especially for those who can only manage a short break and who don’t have time to become familiar with the larger systems.

The Estate does not employ full time ghillies, however highly experienced local ghillies can be arranged when given enough notice. Rates for Ghillies are: £150 per day remembering that any gratuities are extra.

The majority of the large sea trout entering the Laxdale River travel further up beyond Loch Laxdale to Loch na h-Aibhne Garbh and Loch Bearasta Mor. These upper lochs provide good opportunities for targeting wild brown trout and some of these big sea trout. One of these lochs, Loch Bearasta Mor, has a boat available. The Estate also has similar fishing available on three other minor migratory systems. The Luskentyre System, the Borve System, and the Carran System. Amounting to a further nine lochs offering bank fishing for wild brown trout and the chance of sea trout later in the season.

Permits, tariffs, accommodation and contact details

Permits & Tariffs:

Permits are available directly from the Estate Office along with the T&Cs for any fishing on the Estate.

The current tariff is £70.00 per rod per day for migratory fish, including the use of a boat, with concessions for guests staying in Estate accommodation and members of Stornoway and Soval Angling Associations on production of membership card.

Brown trout fishing is £15.00 per rod per day.

Fishing rods are available for hire if required.


Laxdale Cottage is in a truly isolated location overlooking Loch Laxdale. It offers cosy, comfortable accommodation perfect for visiting angling. This Cottage is available for self-catering guests from Friday to Friday between March and November. There is one bedroom on the ground floor which can be booked as a super king for couples or converted to two single beds. Guests benefit from discounts on any fishing on the Estate.

Contact details:


Tel: 01859 550 358 (Mon-Fri 09:00 – 17:00)

Website: Borve Lodge Estate

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