Fishing on the Edge'

 Uig lodge is set in a superb location overlooking the magnificent white sands of Uig Bay on the west side of the isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides. It was described by Lord Leverhulme's niece who was given the Lodge by him as a wedding present, as having a ''Scene which surely has few equals in all Britain for sheer breathtaking loveliness'' The estate includes the whole Floras river system which runs from Loch Suainaval to the sea and, together with Loch Slacsavat is let with salmon, sea trout and brown trout fishing. It is here that the St.Andrew's University Fly Fishing Club convened for a week's fishing and relaxing at the end of May this year all organized through Purely Fly Fishing. A party of thirteen including students, lecturers and several dads as a moderating influence were assembled for the trip.


   We all packed into cars in St Andrews in the early hours of the morning at the end of term and headed for Ullapool and the ferry to Stornaway. Ferries had been booked for us well in advance and luckily everything went to plan with everyone arriving in time for much needed breakfasts in Ullapool still bleary eyed from the night before. The ferry was just over two and a half hours journey and was not the smoothest of crossings as several in the party could testify, by the time we had checked out the tackle shops in Stornaway, fishing was very much back on the agenda. 

The journey to the Lodge was over tarred but twisty narrow roads with several wrong turns, but when we neared Uig,it suddenly became obvious that we had arrived. Uig Lodge is a very distinctive cream painted Victorian building which occupies a commanding position with the magnificent white sands of the estuary below. It was certainly a good choice and as we parked the cars two figures came out to greet us, they were Eric the cook and Derek the ghillie and were ushered into the kitchen where a superb buffet had been thoughtfully prepared. What a welcome after a long journey with little sleep.

The standard of accommodation was first class, with lots of rustic charm and lashings of piping hot water in large cast iron baths. The bedrooms were mostly en suite and tastefully decorated in keeping with the style of a sporting lodge.


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