Exciting Recreation

Surfing

 
Traigh na Clibhe (Cliff Beach) is the best beach in Uig for surfing. As this is open to the Atlantic, the bay is usually full of white-frilled rollers tumbling shore wards. These are excellent for surf-boarders and kayakers. The break here has been rated by former Scottish Surfing Champion, Ian Masson as the best he has ever surfed.  Mangurstadh is definitely for experienced surfers only, serious rips make this a very dangerous but intense break but outstanding if the swell is right.  Dalmore Beach on the Westside is reknowned for good surf.

For the surf report & forecast see www.magicseaweed.com
And if you fancy learning to surf, get in contact with Surf Lewis - www.surflewis.co.uk/local-info.html

 

Kite Surfing

 

Uig Sands is a recognised kite surfing and wind surfing location - with it extensive sands. Click the image for a taste of kite surfing on Lewis with World Kite Racing Champion Steph Bridge.

 

Uig Gala Day

 

This always takes place on reef Beach on the first Saturday in July. It is a lot of fun for all ages and is set in a spectacular spot by the machair, white sands and turquoise waters. Activites often include: helicopter rides, Seatrek rides, bouncy castles, tombola, sheep races, Noddy train, hill run, coconut shy, sheep milking time trials, Haggis throwing & drive-a-digger.

 

Agricultural Shows

 

There are a wide range of Agricultural shows held on the islands during the summer and they are a great way to get a taste for island life - www.bruehighlanders.co.uk

West Side Agricultural Show is held Barvas Machair on the last Friday in July and has a wide range of livestock, agricultural, baking, sports, artistic, piping and dancing competitions plus fun events.

The Carloway Agricultural Show is reckoned to be the longest established agricultural show on the island dating back to the first Show in 1911. The show is usually held on the first Wednesday of August and has a wide range of livestock, agricultural, baking, sports, artistic, piping and dancing competitions plus fun events.

The North Harris Agricultural Show is the final show of the season and includes the Supreme Champions competition for the sheep and cattle Supreme Champions at the 6 agricultural shows on Lewis and Harris. Like the other shows it is a fun afternoon for all the family at the Showground at Willow Park, Urgha. Events include livestock shows, sporting events, baking, fruit & vegetables, crafts and home industries competitions. It also includes Punch & Judy, Hill Race, Bonnie Baby, Glamorous Granny/Grandpa competitions, Pet Show, Dog Show, Highland Dancing display, Tug o’ War, Auction and Raffle. Crafts, demonstrations and refreshments. The show is usually held in the second week of August.

Walking

 

There are so many different walks to choose from including: coastal walks, wildlife walks to spot eagles or deer and hikes to historic sites and monuments. There are some waymarked routes and in Scotland you have the freedom to responsibly roam. Although there are not many marked footpaths on Lewis & Harris there are so many amazing places to explore. We have a good range of maps and walking books on the SEAcroft website and we'd be happy to talk through ideas of where to go when you are with us.  For further inspiration so the links to suggested route below:

www.walkhighlands.co.uk/outer-hebrides/lewis.shtml
www.walkhighlands.co.uk/outer-hebrides/harris.shtml
www.mapmywalk.com/gb/isle-of-lewis-sct/
www.visitouterhebrides.co.uk/see-and-do/walking
www.independent.co.uk/travel/uk/lewis-walk-of-the-month-9573083.html

 

Cycling

 

Cycling is a great way to explore our island. There are cycling routes to suit all ages and abilities, and minimal traffic on many island roads, cycling on Lewis & Harris can be as leisurely or as challenging as you choose including leisurely coastal rides and challenging ascents of the Harris Hills, or dedicated mountain bike trails like those in the grounds of Lews Castle in Stornoway. 
Here are some cycling ideas: www.visitouterhebrides.co.uk/see-and-do

 

Kayaking

 

What better way to experience the wonder of the islands than from the water? Adventure on the water for a day on a level with the birds and gaze down through the clear waters.  You could take a picnic over to Pabbay or reach those tempting secluded beaches...Contact SEAcroft for kayak hire.

 

Fishing

 

There are a number of lochs locally where you can enjoy a day’s fishing for Salmon, Sea Trout or Brown Trout. If you would like to try your hand at catching the Brown Trout, this can be arranged at no charge, but check first which lochs are best to fish on. If you fancy instead a leisurely day of Salmon or Sea Trout Fishing contact Simon for the cost per day and to make arrangements.
See the Stonrnoway Angling Association for more ideas: www.stornoway-angling-association.com/fishing

Or if you enjoy fish but don't fancy catching it your self, why not try Uig Lodge smoked salmon - www.uiglodge.co.uk/

 

Come to the islands and start exploring!