Shortlisted for

the Community

Initiative Award

Nature of Scotland Awards 2016






Loch Stiapabhat is a large, nutrient-rich loch in Ness on the Isle of Lewis. It is a shallow loch with an estimated maximum depth of 5m and is 7m above average sea level, covering an area of around 2.5 hectares. It is rich in nutrients due to the underlying calcareous sand and surface drainage from the surrounding crofts. It has been designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and in 2005, it was declared a Local Nature Reserve - the only one in the Western Isles.  


The Reserve is home to a Nature Observatory which makes the reserve’s extraordinary wildlife much more accessible, both to the local community and visitors to this part of Lewis. 


Loch Stiapabhat is located within Oighreachd Ghabhsainn (Galson Estate) which is managed by Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn (Galson Estate Trust).  The Trust manages a 56,000-acre community owned Estate in the North West of the Isle of Lewis and also manages the observatory with support from volunteers and other groups.


If you would like more information about Loch Stiapabhat or the Urras then please do not hesitate to get in touch or visit the website by clicking on the link below.

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Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn:

 Loch Stiapabhat 

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Graham Park, South Dell

Isle of Lewis 



Tel: 01851 850393 

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