Estate Loch Permits

Fishery manager John Steele co-ordinates the fishing of the machair lochs and the allocation of boats, whilst reservations and requests for ghillies are made through contacting Sheena at our main office – Oifis Stòras, Daliburgh, South Uist HS8 5SS; Tel. 01878 700101; Email

John Steele allocates the machair fishing on a rota basis to give anglers a chance to sample the variety of lochs in the system.

It is against the law to fish for migratory fish (sea trout and salmon) on a Sunday in Scotland and brown trout fishing has traditionally been limited to less public areas on a Sunday.

The open seasons are as follows:

Brown trout 15 March – 30 September (inclusive)
Sea trout/salmon 1 February – 31 October (inclusive)

2019 Machair loch permit prices (including boat)

Brown Trout  All season  £45
Salmon & Sea Trout  2nd July to 31st July  £60.00 per day
 1st August to 29th September  £60.00 – £80.00 per day
   1st October to 31st October £60.00 per day

2019 Hill loch permit prices (including boat)

Brown Trout 1st June to 30th September £25.00 per day
Salmon & Sea Trout 1st August to 30th September £55.00 per day
1st October to 31st October £25.00 per day

* Prices are based on two rods per boat. Additional anglers will be charged at half the boat rate.

The Stòras Uibhist staff will be able to provide up-to-date information regarding whether a boat is sited/available at each loch, or elsewhere for your intended dates of visit. Please phone 01878 700101 for further information

Loch Grid references

Name of loch Grid ref (NF)
Bharp 780210
Mill 748270
Lower Kildonan 738275
Coragrimsaig 799221
Upper Kildonan 738275
An Ath Ruaidh (Upper Mill) 755264
Snigislett 797251
Bornish 733295
Mid Ollay 740325
East Ollay 765313
West Ollay 740325
Altabrug 745345
Fada 755345
Roag 764355
Howmore River 755360
Roag Burn 764350
Upper Roag 793356
School House 764365
Spotal 834367
An Eilein (Castle) 765373
Stilligarry 765381
Grogarry 763395
Nam Balgan 762400
Upper Bornish 745294
Airigh Amhlaidh 793355
Hallan 740220
Stulaval 800225
Cnoc a’ Buidhe 748258