Dollag's Cottage is available for holiday rentals throughout the year and is ideal both for a family holiday and also for those seeking somewhere to stay in an area that must be one of the prime sporting destinations in the UK.
Dollag's Cottage at 7 South Shawbost
Dollag's Cottage is located in the village of Shawbost on the West Side of the Isle of Lewis and there are a wide range of sporting opportunities in the area. Snipe, grouse, geese and woodcock are all abundant in the area with snipe being shot on the crofts around the cottage on occasions, though this shooting is not let with the cottage. Wonderful deer stalking is also available on Lewis and the attached Isle of Harris with spectacular views to the Atlantic and exciting stalking in the hills:
The islands of Lewis and Harris are also famous for their fishing and while their salmon fishing will always have the higher profile the brown trout fishing, which is mostly available free of charge, offers a wonderful opportunity for the wandering angler to pick and choose from many hundreds of lochs. Very high quality sea trout fishing is also available with Lewis avoiding much of the recent crash in sea trout numbers, a few years back I fished with a friend who had 22 sea trout for a day to about 5lb. The main problem with fishing on Lewis isn't getting fishing, it is deciding where to fish next.
Afloat on Loch Voshimid for salmon on a wonderful September day:
Chasing wild brown trout on a remote Lewis loch:
As well as being an ideal destination for those looking for sport Dollag's Cottage is also well situated for a family holiday and it is a simple matter to combine, say, some trout fishing with a holiday for the whole family. There is a sandy beach just minutes walk from the cottage and there are also a number of trout lochs, including one capable of producing very large trout indeed, just a short walk from the front door. Within 10 minutes drive there are 4 systems holding salmon and 2 offer free fishing while one in particular can offer a real chance of a 5 or even 10 fish day at a cost of only £10 per day. It is usually possible to arrange for visitors to see Harris Tweed being woven and there are many things to see and do in the local area ranging from prehistoric stone circles to 10 pin bowling. Unfortunately as the cottage is set on a working croft pets are not allowed but the advantage of being on a working croft is that there are often pet lambs and children visiting in the spring can sometimes get the chance to feed them.
A remote loch:
After winter hinds:
This burn gets a big run of sea trout into the loch at its head: