Dollag's Cottage, self catering accommodation in the village of Shawbost on the Isle of Lewis, is starting to see some weeks already booked for next July so it seemed like a good idea to bring it to the attention of those on SD looking for a real wild trout fishing experience.
Or go direct to the Dollag's Cottage fishing on Lewis page:
The cottage is newly renovated and can sleep 6 in one double and two twin bedrooms. There are a number of trout lochs within walking distance and one also gets the occasional salmon.
It is said that there are 1,200 or maybe even 2,000 trout lochs on Lewis depending on who you ask and almost all hold a good head of wild brown trout. While on many lochs the trout can be relatively small there are also some lochs that can produce the fish of a lifetime, including one within walking distance of the cottage and another only a few minutes by car away. I doubt if there is anywhere else in Europe with such a huge selection of fishing available for totally wild trout that have been in their lochs since the end of the last Ice Age. Most of the trout fishing on Lewis is free of charge and a lot of the pleasure is in getting the maps out and deciding where you are going to fish next.
Anglers can chose to walk miles to the most remote of lochs or they can fish by the road side should they wish, they can fish lochs with a reputation for big fish or walk to a loch that may not have been fished in years. The freedom and choice is almost unlimited.
First class salmon fishing is also available on the island. In most cases it is necessary to pay for salmon fishing but some free fishing is available to give the angler a quick cast of an evening.
The catch, of course, is that pets are not allowed as the cottage sits on a working croft so poor Fido has to miss out on the best fishing experience in Europe.
A remote trout loch:
Not the weather for trout fishing but enjoying the view on the loch:
A rainbow ending at a little shieling (building on the moor where traditionally the cattle were pastured in summer) on a Lewis loch:
Some salmon fishing: