Vacancies for 2018 season
14-21 July 2018; Stalking and salmon fishing
There’s an opportunity to bring a party of a minimum of 6 people to stalk and also to salmon fish on the Laxay River System on Soval Estate, Isle of Lewis. The salmon start running in early July so this is often a very exciting week for fresh salmon. There’s 50,000 acres of hill stalking and 1,550 acres of woodland stalking available with the week. Guests would stay exclusively in Soval Lodge where they would receive full board and lodging. For a minimum party of 6 there would be a charge of £5,500 inclusive of all fishing, full board and lodging and services of three keepers/ghillies. Any additional party members would be charged at £550 each. Stags successfully shot would be £360 each. The Lodge sleeps up to 14.
20-27 October 2018
This is a fun mixed sporting week available for a party of a minimum of 8 walked up grouse shooting, hind stalking for up to 6 hinds and salmon fishing on the Laxay River system. There’s 50,000 acres of hill stalking and 1,550 acres of woodland stalking available with the week. The party would stay exclusively in Soval Lodge and the total cost of all the sport along with full board and lodging and services of three keepers/ghillies would be £9,250 for 8 people, with additional guests charged at £550 each. The Lodge sleeps up to 14.
All of our grouse shooting is walked up over pointers. We have shooting over 75,000 acres and shoot all of the moor once. The 2017 season was highly successful and followed on from the two previous excellent seasons.
Our website www.sovalestate.co.uk provides around 50 photographs of the Lodge and the sport available. The fishing consists of some lovely fly only salmon fishing on the whole of the Laxay River and Loch Valtos and the three pools between the sea and Loch Valtos. We then have three boats on Loch Valtos itself. The river carries on up from Loch Valtos for another two miles with 8 named pools, to Loch Trealaval. In addition to this we have a boat on Loch Langavat which is the top end of the famous Grimersta system.
All the trout fishing at Soval is for wild brown trout and is available in up to 100 trout Lochs with boats on the best six. It is available from April until late September and often involves fishing in Lochs which are rarely fished.
Sea fishing and boat trips
We organise some wonderful boat trips on our speedboat, out to sea where it is normal to spot, amongst other things, dolphins, porpoises and whales as well as fishing for the large number of sea fish available.
We can include a good day’s stalking which often involved going in by boat and stalking is some wonderfully wild parts on the West side of the Island with lovely views out to sea. Alternatively we have some excellent woodland stalking in 1550 acres of woods and large rides. All our stalking is with our own stalker and is charged at £360 per successful stag shot.
Staff and Lodge:
Guests are looked after by our Head Keeper Michael Mackenzie along with two ghillies, Murdo and Tim. An Agacat is available to help guests. Guests would stay in Soval Lodge which is located in a lovely position overlooking Loch Erisort and the Harris Hills beyond. The Lodge sits on its own 500 acre farm one mile off the main road so it is in an unspoilt location. The Lodge consists of 7 double bedrooms- three with king size beds, a large sitting room, conservatory and dining room all of which enjoy panoramic views over the sea loch. Guests would be looked after by our Housekeeper and her team of girls who provide a cooked breakfast, packed lunch, afternoon tea and three course dinner. We serve fresh lobster one night a week.
Our average bags for the last five years is 89 salmon, 101 sea trout, 1165 brown trout, 12 stags, 150 brace grouse, 10 brace snipe and 212 woodcock.
Our changeover time is lunchtime on Saturday, so incoming guests can enjoy the sport on a Saturday afternoon and the outgoing guests the sport on the Saturday morning.
If you would like to take a hold on a particular week while you put a party together then
please make your enquiry to:
Mob: 07870 675342