The all-round sporting dream
The Isle of Lewis is a land of dramatic and varied landscapes, spectacular beaches and soaring cliffs, rich with flora and fauna, wildlife and birdlife. It is one of the last truly natural and unspoilt places left in Britain. Lewis is the northern part of Lewis and Harris, the largest island of the Western Isles (Outer Hebrides). The total area of Lewis is 683 square miles and has about 18,400 permanent residents. Tourism, sheep farming and crofting are the mainstays of the local economy.
Lewis offers excellent opportunities for sporting activities such as walking, sailing, surfing, bird watching, cycling and golf on the 18 hole Stornoway golf course in the grounds of Lews Castle. It also enjoys a rich cultural heritage which is celebrated in the form of a three day Hebridean Celtic Festival every July.
The long summer days and the warm current of the Gulf Stream ensure Lewis’ seawaters are a rich feeding ground for fish. There is plenty to be caught by anglers of all abilities, both just off-shore and further afield, where mackerel, cod, pollock, coalfish and ling can be found. There are also lobsters, crabs, scallops and langoustines off the coast. The west coast is famous for its exciting sailing. The village of Carloway is located 12 miles south of the estate and is a popular anchorage for yachts due to its sheltered harbour and bay. Moorings may also be available subject to availability. Located about three miles from the harbour is the uninhabited island of Little Berna: known for its white sandy beach and regarded by many to be one of the most beautiful beaches in the British Isles. The bay at Bratanish Mor is also recognised as a good natural anchorage and lies beneath the mysterious standing stones at Callanish (18 miles). This historical site is considered to be second only to Stonehenge in neolithic importance in the UK.
The island’s principal town, Stornoway, has a good selection of shops, supermarkets, schooling, professional services and leisure facilities.
Barvas Estate is something of a rarity as a sporting estate, offering exciting wild sport for nearly ten months of the year. In spring there is wonderful salmon and trout fishing; in the autumn the walked-up grouse, snipe and wildfowl provide exciting sport and there is the opportunity to venture to the hills for red deer stalking and woodcock shooting in the late autumn and winter months.
Barvas Estate is offered for sale as a whole or in up to 3 lots:
Lot 1 – Barvas Lodge and Cottage offers over £250,000
Lot 2 – Gamekeepers Cottage and sporting lease over 34,200 acres offers over £125,000
Lot 3 Fishings over three complete river systems: Barvas River and Loch Barvas, Arnol River and Loch Urrahag offers over £200,000
Whole Offers over £575,000
Barvas Lodge is situated in a peaceful spot close to the shores of Loch Barvas with views north west towards the Atlantic coast and to the south and east over surrounding moorland and dramatic hills. Originally an inn, thought to date from the 18th or early part of the 19th century, the lodge is of rendered and painted stone construction under a pitched slate roof with accommodation over one and a half storeys.
Internally the lodge offers comfortable accommodation for up to 13 guests along with the practicalities needed to accommodate sporting parties and family holidays. It retains much of its original character and features such as tongue and groove panelled walls, timber sash and case windows and working open fires in most rooms.
Barvas Cottage is situated a short distance to the side of the Lodge and is of timber frame and block construction under a tiled roof. The single storey accommodation comprises an entrance porch, kitchen, sitting room, bathroom and three bedrooms.
Keeper’s Cottage is located about 0.3 miles west of the Lodge along the public road and is of timber frame and block construction under a tiled roof.The single storey accommodation comprises entrance porch, kitchen, sitting room, bathroom and three bedrooms. It sits within an enclosed garden with a good range of kennels and a garage
The sale of Barvas offers the rare opportunity to own the salmon and trout fishing rights over three entire river systems, stretching from source to mouth, namely the the Barvas River, the Arnol River and Loch Urrahag. Each system includes numerous small tributaries and lochans before flowing into the main body of the river or larger lochs. The fishing season opens on 11th February and closes on 31st October with the main run of fish starting from late May onwards when the conditions are right, with fishing by fly only throughout the season.
The Barvas River has long been regarded as the most prolific of the three river systems with August and September offering the best sport. In the earlier months of the season fishing is generallyconfined to the loch which is most effectively fished from a boat. The river rises in Loch Scaravat and falls for about eight miles into Loch Barvas before flowing into the short sea pool at its mouth. The Loch extends to about 245 acres and is relatively shallow with some deeper pools. The 10 year average is about 170 fish and the general policy has been to release larger cock fish and all hen fish.
In addition to its fishings, the estate enjoys varied and challenging sport over approximately 34,200 acres of land at Barvas. The estate sold the croft land on the estate to the crofting community in 2016, retaining a sporting lease over the land which runs until 13th April 2041. The current rent is £3,000 per annum. Further details are available from the selling agents.
Walked-up Grouse Unlike many moors on mainland UK, Barvas has recorded consistent bags for a considerable number of years on account of the mild weather and the absence of many predators on the island. Typically 15 20 walked-up days over pointers are shot each season and bags usually vary between 5 to 10 brace.
Woodcock and Snipe Shooting
Barvas has long had a reputation for offering some of the most prolific and exciting snipe shooting in the UK with historical bags of up to 100 birds in a day but in more recent times bags have been smaller. Most seasons between 5 to 7 days have been shot throughout October and November and are often combined with a trip onto the moor in pursuit of a couple of brace of grouse. Migrating woodcock arrive from Scandinavia from late autumn through the winter months, and offer testing sport amongst sheltered cover along the foot of the hills.
The hill ground is an excellent habitat for red deer, and with the unspoiled varying terrain and breath taking views it provides stimulating stalking country.
Acreage: 12 Acres
From Stornoway take the A857 northwards for 11 miles. Continue past the community centre on the left hand side and after a short distance the Lodge can be seen at the junction.
By Air: Flybe (www.flybe.com) run daily services to Stornoway from Edinburgh, Inverness and Glasgow.
By Ferry: There are regular sailings from Ullapool to Stornoway or from Uig (Isle of Skye) to Harris and drive north. Both services are provided by Caledonian Macbrayne (www.calmac.co.uk)
Car hire: Stornoway Car Hire (www.stornowaycarhire.co.uk)