Finsbay Flodabay and StockinishSouth Harris, Eilean Siar, HS3 3EL
Offers Over £1,350,000
The Finsbay, Flodabay and Stockinish fishings are situated on the east coast of the island of South Harris, some 48 miles from Stornoway, the main town on the Isle of Lewis and home to the airport and the principal port on the island, with a ferry service to Ullapool.The town offers good facilities, including a secondary school and a technical college, a museum and an art gallery, as well as a variety of restaurants, cafes and hotels. Tarbert is the main community on Harris, the name means “isthmus”, “crossing point” or “portage”, in Gaelic. The isthmus, between the sea lochs West Loch Tarbert and East Loch Tarbert, joins south Harris to north Harris and Lewis and Tarbert is the focal point and transport hub for the area, housing the island’s main ferry terminal. It offers a range of facilities and is home to the famous Isle of Harris distillery and the Harris Tweed shop.The east coast of South Harris, where Finsbay is situated, is a maze of rocky inlets and a stunning landscape known as the Bays. Small fishing villages and hamlets are linked by the “Golden Road” between Tarbert and Rodel, so called due to the high cost of building it due to the numerous twists and turns, rises and falls. The west coast of Harris is famous for its stunning, wide, white sandy beaches and its history. At Borve is a standing stone and dun, and near Loch Leosavay is a Victorian period castle built by the Earl of Dunmore.On the south eastern tip of the island lies Rodel, site of the medieval church of St Clement, which contains a series of carved tombs to the MacLeod lords, including the founder of the church, Alisdair Crotach, known as Alisdair the Hunchback. A short distance along the coast from Rodel is Leverburgh, once a centre for the herring fishery and now the ferry terminal to Berneray, giving access to all the Uists.The Finsbay, Flodabay and Stockinish fishings were amalgamated by the current owner and now comprise these three separate beats, all linked to the sea and with fishing rights on about 100 lochs between them, some with salmon and sea trout but many with brown trout only. Only the fishing rights are owned, not the lochs or solum of the rivers themselves or the land surrounding them. The five year average catch for all three beats is 1 salmon, 49 sea trout and 264 brown trout.Fishing has traditionally been restricted to fly only and the current owner has encouraged the release of salmon and sea trout. A number of lochs are fished by boat, with many being fished only from the bank. The surrounding area is one of spectacular open moorland and the lochs lie on a base of weathered granite and Lewisian Gneiss, one of the oldest rocks in the world that glistens and sparkles in the sun and rain. The coastal waters are dotted with charming bays and inlets, unspoilt and peaceful that abound with seals, the occasional otter and where sea eagles are regularly spotted.The sale includes five houses in all and the vendor proposes to sell on a lock stock and barrel basis as a going concern, to include contents, boats and all equipment. An inventory is available on request to parties who have noted an interest.