BE AS ACTIVE OR AS RELAXED AS YOU LIKE!
Welcome to The Beach Bothies at Kneep,
Thinking of camping on the Isle of Lewis? Why not try something a little different and far more comfortable? Glamping Isle of Lewis style with uninterrupted stunning views over West Loch Roag and out to the North Atlantic
Clean, warm and cosy, equipped with every comfort, each self catering pod will comfortably sleep up to three
Enjoy your complimentary welcome box at the bothies, our local shop and recommended places to eat out
An area of unspoiled natural beauty, home to an abundance of birdlife, rugged cliff walks & fresh water lochs
What To Do
Kneep is to be found on the beautiful Valtos peninsula in the district of Uig, and is ideally situated for exploring some of the most superb sandy beaches that the Isle of Lewis has to offer. Visit Lewis to truly experience the wild and the beautiful!
An area of unspoiled natural beauty, Uig is home to an abundance of birdlife, rugged cliff top walks and fresh water lochs, and in the summer the machair grassland along the coast puts on one of the greatest wildflower displays to be found anywhere in the UK.
When you visit Lewis, a wealth of archealogical sites are to be found in Uig, including the Cnip Wheelhouse which is buried in the sand beside The Beach Bothies themselves. The wheelhouse has been backfilled to protect it, so can`t be seen, but there are photos and information at the Uig Museum, and we have a copy of a report that was given to us by the archeologists working on the site in 1987.
Viking remains have been discovered in the hillside behind The Beach Bothies, and a gated fence has been erected around the site to protect it.
Kneep – home to The Beach Bothies. Sheltered bay looking out to the swell of the North Atlantic.
Cliff – surfing – 1 mile from the Beach Bothies.
Uig Sands – spectacular expanse of white sand, stunning views – 6.5 miles from The Beach Bothies.
Mangersta – wild and rugged access by track winding down hill side – 8.5 miles from The Beach Bothies.
Reef – mile long stretch of white sand – home to the Cnip caravan site – 5 minutes walk from The Beach Bothies.
Bosta – beautiful beach at the tip of the neighbouring Isle of Bernera – 24 miles from The Beach Bothies.
BIRDLIFE and WILDLIFE
Another of Dave`s passions, and one of the main reasons he moved to the Hebrides. So much of our wildlife in the UK has been driven out of towns to find refuge away from the pressure of people and noise. Some species just can`t adapt, and now can only be found in areas where they can find peace and solitude. Here you can find the white tailed sea eagle gliding the thermals on it`s 2 meter wing span, or watch seals feeding on flat fish living in the sea in front of the pods when you visit Lewis.
There are otters living in the rocks at Miavaig, regularly coming out at night to pinch the bait from Neil`s lobster boat, and in the summer we are privileged to share the peninsula with the corncrake, one of Britain`s rarest birds. Between May and September each year, it`s rasping call can be heard ringing out from amongst the long grass by the telephone box in Valtos.
Sit on the tiny secluded beach at Traigh Teinish and watch the Artic Terns diving for the sandeels which arrive in May or June, or perhaps you may be fortunate enough to catch sight of a pod of dolphins making their way past Pabbay on their way round to Gallan Head.
This place is alive with wildlife – all you need is a little patience and to sit quietly and watch!
Seatrek can be found beside The Scallop Shack, at Miavaig Pier, Uig, Isle of Lewis HS2 9HE.
Seatrek offer a range of sight seeing and wildlife boat trips throughout the summer.
O1851 672 469
We have 4 sit on top kayaks and life jackets that you are welcome to borrow at your own risk, for pottering about in the bay in front of the pods.
Kayak hire available at Bike Hebrides in Stornoway
Abhainn Dearg Distillery, Carnish, Uig, Isle of Lewis HS2 9EX – a craft whiskey distillery established in 2008, and with tours operating all year round.
Phone 01851 672 429
WILD BROWN TROUT FISHING
To any game fisherman with a love of truly wild fish, Lewis and Harris have to be the Mecca of Europe. The islands are awash with fresh water lochs, all free to fish for brown trout – a mouthwatering proposition for any keen fisherman. The majority of them hold good stock of wild brown trout though the size may vary from loch to loch – from 3 or 4 to the pound just right for the pan, to that golden fish of a lifetime.
Dave has lived and fished in Uig since 1986 and has a great love for the sport, amassing a wealth of local knowledge along the way. This knowledge has been hard won, as there were not that many fishing the local lochs when he first arrived. As time has passed, and more people have begun to enjoy fishing the Uig lochs, that pool of knowledge has increased.
Dave doesn`t claim to be any expert, but as anyone who knows him can testify, he would be happy to talk fly fishing all day long if given half a chance, and he is happy to pass on any help he can, so others can enjoy the experience too.
For silvery fisherman Uig is blessed with some superb salmon and sea trout fishing. Most of it comes under the control of the local estates but that being said there is a growing fashion for them to offer available days to locals and guests at very reasonable costs, and if you hit it right and the fishing gods are with you it can be some of the best game fishing in the UK.
Dave has spoken to some of the local estates, and has contact details for guests at The Beach Bothies to enquire about available days.
When the sandeels arrive in Uig`s Loch Roag in May and early June, the mackerel and many of the pelagic fish arrive, following the food and so the sea fishing season starts. Watching the gannets, it`s always easy to tell when the fish have arrived. Fishing off the shore can be productive and great fun, especially in the height of summer, July, August and September. If you`ve got an old rod tucked away, nothing fancy, and you`d like fresh fish on the BBQ, then be sure to bring it along and catch your own.
For the keener sea angler Loch Roag held, or still holds, the record for the biggest common skate – over 200 pounds, or over 2 metres in new money.
Try fishing for mackerel with a water fly off the beach. its great fun. Then later on and right through the winter, there are lovely turbot or plaice to be had.
Murray at Seatrek does regular fishing trips further out in the loch, suitable for all the family.
Even just crab fishing off the pier at Valtos is great fun – great for kids as they don`t have very long to wait before they get a bite – but be warned, it can get very competitive!
An Suileachan is a monument at Reef, Uig, Isle of Lewis HS2 9HX, to commemorate the men who in 1931 agitated for the land at Reef to be recrofted.
A small museum housed in the Community Centre along with the Uig Café. Run by volunteer staff with a wealth of knowledge about Uig and it`s history.
Comann Eachdraidh Uig, Uig Museum, Uig Community Centre, Isle of Lewis HS2 9JT
01851 672 233
Comann Eachdraidh Uig
Comann Eachdraidh Uig – Uig Chessmen
Award winning Uig Lodge Smoked Salmon, Uig lodge, Timsgarry, Uig, isle of Lewis HS2 9ET
01851 672 250
There are numerous locations suitable for snorkelling whether it be in the sea or in one of the many lochs.
Lessons and equipment hire available from Surf Lewis.
Contact 07920 427 194
SURFING and PADDLE BOARDING
Just over the hill from The Beach Bothies is Cliff Beach which has an excellent reputation for surfing for beginners and experts alike.
Mangersta Beach is only eight miles away, but with its dangerous rips it is definitely for experienced surfers only.
Lessons and equipment hire available from Surf Lewis.
Contact 07920 427 194
Cliff Surf Report
As leisurely or as challenging as you like! Scotland has an effective “right to roam” which means that within reason, and so long as you do it responsibly, you can walk anywhere, and not just on the rights of way marked on Ordnance Survey Maps. Beaches, hills, cliff tops – all await you!
We can recommend walking around the Valtos Peninsula – a five mile circular route along the single track road that takes in the whole peninsula.
There are endless options for walks around here, but we are happy to share our own favourites with you.
The following sites may offer you some inspiration too:
walkhighlands.co.uk – Uig Sands
walkhighlands.co.uk – Mealaisbhal
independent.co.uk – Lewis walk of the Month
Home to fertile and protected machair grassland, Uig is bursting with wild flowers in the summer time, including several different species of wild orchid.
As the year progresses we are treated in turn to wonderful displays of wild primroses, buttercups, flag Iris and heather. Go to the links below for a flavour of what to expect.