Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Tour Scotland Self Catering Holiday Cottage Recommendations North Uist

Tour Scotland self catering holiday cottage recommendations on North Uist, Outer Hebrides, Scotland.

Tigh na Boireach is a romantic, traditional thatched blackhouse. It is an ideal retreat for a get away from it all holiday. Situated within a short distance from the wild and beautiful beach at Clachan Sands on North Uist. Despite its remote location, there are many outdoor activities to enjoy.

Rowan Cottage is situated on the shores of Loch Blashaval, a sea loch on the island of North Uist in the Outer Hebrides, it has uninterrupted views from the Isle of Harris to the Isle of Skye. The Western Isles have an abundance of wildlife and are blessed with some of the best beaches in the UK with white sand and turquoise water. With free wi-fi, log burner stove. North Uist offers superb fly fishing with some of the lochs within walking distance of our house. Great for walkers, fishing, beaches and bird watching. Dogs Welcome.

An Taigh Boighreach is ideally located only 8 miles from Lochmaddy Ferry Terminal and offers commanding views over both Loch Portain & the Priest's Loch. This idyllic holiday location is surrounded by stunning beaches, stretching machair lands and freshwater lochs. The RSPB Balranald nature reserve is on the west coast of the island and is bursting with coastal waders and divers. Trips to nearby St Kilda can be arranged locally. An Taigh Boighreache benefits from private parking, gardens and a detached garage shared with our other cottage, Loch Portain House, with children's beach toys & body boards – feel free to borrow. You can also store your bikes, fishing rods, canoe and other equipment there. An Taigh Boighreach is decorated and equipped to a very high standard while retaining period ecclesiastical features. The house sleeps up to 4 guests, one double bedroom and one twin bedroom. It also has a large family shower-room. Relax sitting beside the open peat fire and enjoy the views over Loch Portain from the sun porch. The house is fully equipped with freeview, a DVD player, iPod docking station, washer/dryer, fridge/freezer and dishwasher. There are garden chairs and disposable BBQ's are in each cottage on an honesty box basis, perfect for that last minute picnic. A selection of books, CDs and games are also provided.

Taigh Mairi has 2 bedrooms downstairs and 3 upstairs, 3 of which are ensuite and the main bathroom is downstairs. The house is heated throughout by Oil Central Heating. The Kitchen is well equipped with everything that you would expect including a dishwasher, microwave and electric oven & hob and there are washing and drying facilites in the utility room. The living room has a Hi-Fi, TV with Freeview and DVD player with a selection of DVDs and CDs and if you can't find anything to watch there are always the spectacular views from the window. We are a short walk from the beach and the house is also just under a minutes walk to the bus stop for the main bus route through the islands. As parents of 3 young children we know what it is like taking them on holiday so Taigh Mairi has a variety of facilities including a travel cot, high chair and a selection of toys to make your stay more comfortable. I would also like to take this opportunity to tell you a wee bit about the island that I grew up on. Grimsay is a small, peaceful, beautiful island which is skirted by the main causeway carrying the road from North Uist to Benbecula. The island is renowned for the quality of the seafood caught off its shores, particularly its lobsters and I would highly recommend a visit to the harbour in Kallin. North Uist is a paradise for wildlife and beach lovers, one of the best places to visit is the Balranald Nature Reserve and my favourite beach has to be Hosta with Baleshare a close second. Whilst travelling around North Uist there are many interesting sites nearby, such as Barpa Langais, Teampall Na Trionaid and the very picturesque Scolpaig Tower.

1 Strumore was built in 1990 on the site of a croft house and has been designed for comfort and ease of use for holidays. There are two bedrooms, each with two single beds, with a further fifth bed available. The couch in the living room/ kitchen also converts into a comfortable double bed. The house has recently been refurbished with new beds and flooring. Electricity and all bed linen and towels are provided. It is heated by storage and panel heaters. There is also an open fire.

Balranald View offers you luxury accommodation in North Uist while you take time to explore all that the Hebridean Isles have to offer. The House is located within the Balranald View Bird sanctuary area, literally across the road. The rasping call of the elusive corncrake can be heard from the doorstep from April onwards. The house itself is situated within the crofting township of Balranald and has spectacular, unrestricted views over the Nature Reserve and beyond. We are also within easy reach of the wonderful sandy beaches on the West side of the Island. This is an ideal base from which to tour North & South Uist, Benbecula, Eriskay, Barra and the other islands.

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