Kinloch is much more than a traditional Bed and
Breakfast. 90% of my guests take dinner with me
and the food is very highly rated.
More like a traditional Lodge or Guest house,
Kinloch is the ideal place to stay on your visit
to South Uist, providing a very high level of
accommodation at every level.
Kinloch stands on the shores of Loch Druidibeg, a
reserve run by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) on
the island of South Uist in the Outer Hebrides
(sometimes referred to as the Western Isles).
Please also note that whilst many of my guests
are fisherman, over 60% of my guests are general
visitors, and all are most welcome.
Note that I normally require bookings of 2 nights
or more. Kinloch is really not suitable as a one
night stop halfway between A and B.
Bear in mind that restaurants are few and far
between - and may require up to a 30 minute drive.
Check the "Food
page" on this site to make sure this
is the sort of food you are happy to eat.
If staying at Kinloch to eat at night, I serve
only one dish per course so it is important that
you advise me of anything you do not eat. I have
no problem in serving a fish only menu, but note
that I am not experienced in providing vegetarian
The house is set in an acre of mature wooded
gardens, rare in the usually treeless South Uist,
and has its own Loch frontage, offering fantastic
views across the water to the hills on the East
Both golden and sea eagles fly in sight of the
garden, otters work the nearby lochs and brown
trout rise at the bottom of the garden.
This is a wonderful place to come to fish, bird
watch, play golf, horse ride, walk, paint or just
relax in a compelling natural environment. There
is a much wider range of activities on the island
than is appreciated. See Other
activities section for a fuller list.
2016 was a very successful year with the usual
mix of fishermen and more general visitors.
South Uist truly offers some of the finest wild
Brown Trout and Sea Trout fishing in Europe.
There is not a stocked rainbow on the island.
Whether fishng from a boat on one of the Estate
machair lochs for specimen Brown or Sea Trout; or
walking the hills, fishing the literally 100s of
lochs run by the local Angling Club, for smaller
wild trout this will be a unique fishing
Many of my guests come to stay with me and fish,
and I have considerable fly fishing experience
both on Uist and around the world and can help
advise of the best package for each individual.
For full details about the fishing see the
relevant section in this site: The
fishing. This section also includes a
full 5 year summary of catch returns.
Follow the attached link to a recent review of 8
days at Kinloch; fishing in South Uist - it gives
a good impression of what it can be like www.fish-wild.co.uk
By no means do all my guests come for the
fishing, and general visitors are more than
welcome. Many come to enjoy, or take part in one
of the following.
Bird Watching / Wildlife
The bird watching on the island is spectacular;
most particularly for raptors and a very wide
range of wading birds, plus a range of occasional
Kinloch is perfectly placed between the machair
and the high ground on the East to take advantage
of the full diversity of birds and wildlife. See “Other
activities” for more detail.
I highly recommend Steve Duffield as a guide to
show you the best of the birds and wildlife – www.western-isles-wildlife.co.uk
– he will take you out and show you the birds and
wildlife and on cold days bring you back to the
warmth of Kinloch, comfy sofas and home made
In summer the days are very long and from June
onwards the machair is at its best.
In the Summer the machair is home to many
corncrakes – they can be heard calling on most
days – actually seeing them is more difficult.
The flora and fauna of the machair can truly be
described as “unique” – this is a very rare
The island has a large head of pure Red Deer and
an abundance of otters. There are no foxes or
badgers on the island.
Shooting / Stalking
Guests staying at Grogarry Lodge have first call
on the keeper's time, and the shooting, so
opportunities for my guests are limited.
There is some excellent stalking available from
August 12th and that can be organised for my
guests by arrangement with the head keeper. This
encompasses both culled hinds and trophy heads.
The links at Askernish, some 15 minutes drive
from Kinloch, was originally laid out by "Old" Tom
Morris in 1891 and is now fully restored.
Some regard this as the finest 18 holes links
course in the world.
Visitors are welcome and golf clubs are available
for an update of progress.
Walking / Climbing
There is a very wide range of walking and
climbing opportunities. The whole of the East
coast side of the island is largely uninhabited
and one can spend as many, or as few, hours as one
chooses walking in wild places; with only deer and
eagles for company.
There are 2 stables on the islands offering horse
riding, and a range of rides on and off road,
including the beach.
Check out www.ridehebrides.org
which describes some of what is possible and is
the web site for the Uist Community Riding School
- the main stables on South Uist and Benbecula.
The west coast has 20 miles of silver sand
beaches stretching from the Ardivachar headland to
the southern tip of South Uist, broken only by one
or two rocky headlands – OK maybe the weather is
rarely suitable for sunbathing – but you may be
surprised how few people you meet. You will
however see the large flocks of waders, a wide
range of ducks and gulls, lots of seals and even
the occasional otter that all feed on or off the
Nick Ingledew offers an excellent boat trip from
Kallin on Benbecula. Just 3 hours off the East
coast. Expect to see Sea Eagles etc. Check his web
There are a range of opportunities to get
involved with Gaelic culture and a rather fine
local museum at Kildonan. There are also a very
wide range of archaelogical sites on the island
including Neolithic dwellings, Viking round
houses, chambered cairns, "brochs" and "duns".
I offer a Bed & Breakfast only service, Full
Board, or a mix of the two.
Flexibility to suit you is the key.
I can accommodate a maximum of 5
guests, which allows for a “house party”
atmosphere, and a very personal service.
It also allows me to arrange meal times to suit
the best fishing or bird watching times, rather
than the other way around.
I am confident that you will have a memorable stay
here, regardless of the weather or the number of
fish you catch!
I look forward to hearing from you.