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If you decide to put down the rod or gun, Morsgail Lodge is the perfect base for exploring the rugged and yet beautiful landscape that surrounds it, or going further afield to enjoy everything Lewis and Harris have to offer.
Whether it’s hill-walking, kayaking or whale-watching, Lewis has a wealth of outdoor activities available. And the island’s historical and cultural heritage abounds, waiting to be discovered.
The whole island is an untouched wilderness teeming with wildlife rarely seen in such abundance elsewhere.
With Morsgail Lodge as your base for walking, you’ll experience some of the most stunning landscapes in Europe. Climb the rugged peaks and gaze down upon pristine white sand beaches skirting the sea, across to the smaller islands dotting the horizon. Far below the barren mountains sparkle a glittering mosaic of Hebridean lochs, dominated by Loch Langavat, named long ago, like so many of the island’s features, by distant Viking visitors.
There are plenty of stunning walks across Lewis and Harris with maps to guide you through our breathtaking scenery, from the dizzy heights of the North Harris Eagle Observatory Walk, along the Heritage Trail from Tolsta to Port of Ness and up the fine mountains at Clisham Horseshoe.
One of the most outstanding ways to view the Outer Hebrides is by boat. You can head out to the nearby remote islands for picnics and barbecues, explore uninhabited, picturesque beaches, spot whales, dolphins and sharks, discover Bronze Age monuments or try your hand at sea fishing.
The sea is only around 10 to 12 minutes’ drive from the lodge, where you can enjoy access to some of the most wonderful beaches on this planet. We’ll be happy to help organise a boat trip out for you during your stay at Morsgail Estate.
Water sports and outdoor adventure
Plenty of water sports are available on the island, with everything from sailing to surfing on offer, all against the backdrop of Lewis’ spectacular Scottish scenery.
You can hire sea kayaks to explore the coastal caves. Surf our rugged coastline, which enjoys swells from every direction and what is said to be among the most consistent surf in Europe.
You can also try your hand at a wide range of outdoor activities, including gorge scrambling and coasteering, abseiling, rock climbing and mountain biking.
We will be happy to help your organise these activities during your stay at Morsgail Estate.
History and culture
Just 14 miles away towards Stornoway are the neolithic Callanish stone circles – known as the Glastonbury of Scotland – which will have you standing in awe. A little further north, take a step back in time with a trip to the stone and thatch Black Houses at Gearrannan, where people lived with their cattle, burning peat for warmth in a chimney-less room. Or head south towards Harris and see the igloo-like beehive sheilings, built from rock, which tell a story of generations past sheltering from the harsh elements.
The land is steeped in history and culture, ranging back thousands of years, and the unique Gaelic culture of the Hebrides can have a mystical effect.
Stornoway has an excellent 18-hole course, 45 minutes’ drive from Morsgail Lodge. It has a peaceful setting overlooking Stornoway harbour and the Minch, the sea that separates Lewis from the northwest Highlands of mainland Scotland.
The Isle of Harris golf club is about 90 minutes away by car at Scarista. Established in 1930, it is described as one of the most picturesque 9-hole courses in the world. It provides a challenging and rewarding round in a superb setting.