If you are looking for the ideal 2016 holiday destination, and especially if you might want to combine a great family holiday with some sport, then visit the Dollag's Cottage web site for excellent quality self catering on the West Side of the Isle of Lewis:


The cottage sleeps 6 in two twin and one double bedroom and is located on a working croft, so unfortunately pets are not allowed, in the village of Shawbost on the West Side of Lewis. This is a rural area, though there are lots of pubs and places to eat out in Stornoway the main town on the island, and so is ideally suited to guest looking to "get away from it all." There is a sandy beach just a short walk from the cottage and guests this year have spent some time down there watching otters and the Northern Lights.

Here is some timelapse video shot on the beach in October 2015, watch the videos in HD and full screen if you can:

And this is two nights of timelapse shot from a nearby hill in August, Dollag's Cottage is to the left of frame in this video, the video is unedited so there are some periods when nothing happens but there are some Northern Lights from about 8 minutes in and a nice sunrise at the end plus lots of changing weather and clouds in between:

As most will know the island offers wonderful sport with rifle, shotgun and rod. It is a fantastic destination for the angler and there is a lot of brown trout, sea trout and salmon fishing available, in fact most fishing guests who come for a week have only one regret which is not having come for two weeks. One guest had spent quite a bit of time and effort trying to get a sea trout, travelling to other destinations with no success, but we managed to get him enough to keep him happy, this is him playing his first ever sea trout:

Once he'd broken his duck he got onto a bit of a roll:

There are literally hundreds of brown trout lochs and during the year we've managed to take some guests out to the more remote spots that they may not have explored on their own:

Fishing in less remote spots is also available but part of the fun can be in exploring and enjoying the moorland:

The moorland not only makes for great fishing and great views:

But it also holds a considerable number of deer for those who might have an interest in that direction, this is a crop of a small area of the photo above:

With the popularity of the BBC Katie Morag series kids enjoy visiting the locations where the programmes were shot and living the "Katie Morag" lifestyle on a croft with nearby beach and the freedom to roam as they please: