- House / Villa
- Near the Sea
- Village / Rural
- Internet Access
- Log Fire
- Sauna or Steam Room
- Beach nearby
- Beach within walking distance
- Golf nearby
- Horse Riding
- Ideal for honeymoons
- Sea View
- Wheelchair Friendly
If you're looking for Scottish island isolation cushioned with comfort and luxury, then you've come to the right place. This pair of turf roofed cottages, entirely secluded from one another, look out over a beautiful white sand beach on the Isle of Harris in Scotland's Outer Hebrides. With private saunas and jacuzzis, and spectacular views from the bay windows, this is an idyllic and romantic retreat for any couple.
Set in the remote crofting village of Scarista on the Isle of Harris, overlooking one of the island’s most spectacular bays, this pair of turf roofed luxury self catering cottages are about 150m apart, each sheltered from the other's view. Totally private, they each have their own sauna and jacuzzi, and are a short walk from the local beaches. Overlooking Taransay, mountains in the north of the island and an archipelago of islands in the Sound of Harris this is the ultimate place to enjoy a romantic and luxurious break. Enjoy the stunning panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean crashing onto some of its many beautiful beaches.
The crystal clear waters of the Hebrides are often compared to the Caribbean, the turquoise hues and beautiful golden sandy beaches are increasingly popular with gliders, surfers and kayakers. The beaches at Horgabost, Luskentyre and Scarista are popular with surfers, kite mountain boarding, and blow/wind kartings, the scenery is hard to beat. Boat trips to St Kilda and some of the other fascinating islands around Harris are a must for any visitor. The whole of Harris is designated as a National Scenic Area and is administered by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH). It is ideal for observing some of the British Isles’ rarer species, such as otters, seals and eagles. There are many walking and cycling routes to enjoy, and the island's beaches offer unforgettable views. The Isle of Harris golf course is just a 2 minute walk from the cottage and there are many art galleries on Harris showcasing local art and pottery.
The Outer Hebrides environment is recognised internationally as being of global importance and for good reason – it is one of the last great wildernesses in Europe, right here on your doorstep. Although wonderful to come in the summer months, it’s also a spectacular place to come out of high season. Autumn mornings are a great time to chance upon a family of otters feeding where the tide meets freshwater streams arriving on the shore. Common seals are also plentiful in the Outer Hebrides, best time to see adults and fur-coated pups is during the autumn months where they can be seen lazing in shallow waters around the coasts and hauled up on rocks. During the winter months there is still an abundance of wildlife to see such as Long-tailed duck, Surf and Common Scooters and Slovenian Grebes. Whooper Swans, Barnacle Geese, White-fronted, Pink Footed Geese, Greylag Geese can be also seen at the beginning of the winter months. Although the pace of life is never very fast on Harris, in the winter it becomes a little more sedate. the beach in the winter are every bit as spectacular as during the spring and summer months.
The Island of Harris is easily accessible by both ferry and plane. There are numerous flights to Stornoway from Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh - flight duration 50 minutes. Flights also available from Inverness - flight duration 30 mins. Calmac.co.uk operate a ferry service to and from the islands. Uig in Skye to Tarbert on Harris - crossing duration 1hr 45mins. Ullapool to Stornoway - crossing duration 2hr 45 mins. Drive time to cottages from Stornoway 1hr 10 mins and 20 mins from Tarbert. Car hire is readily available from the above arrival point in Stornoway
Stornoway Aiport 57 miles
Nearest Bus Stop:
In front of cottage 50m
Tarbert Ferry Terminal - Isle of Harris - 15 miles
Scarista House- within 10 minutes walk
Scarista - within 10 minutes walk
An Clachan-Leverburgh - 6 miles from cottages
The cottages have been designed for couples looking for a luxury romantic break and each have one bedroom with a super kingsize bed furnished with Harris Tweed soft furnishings. The open plan living area features a long curved bay window which gives spectacular views of Scarista, North Harris, Taransay and the Isle of Uist. There is under-floor heated stone flooring and a solid fuel-burning stove situated in the main stonewall. There is also Sky TV, a DVD player and a Bose music centre and iPod docking station. The well equipped kitchen and dining area also make up part of this open plan space. There is an office situated off the master bedroom with a desk. The bathroom includes a jacuzzi bath and a sauna for two. The sauna has a stunning view of the 'machair' surrounding the cottage. Complimentary luxury toiletries, robe and slippers are provided.
Partly set into the gentle slope of the hill, the cottages are constructed from reclaimed local stone and their turf-roofs blend perfectly into the surrounding area. A green roof can absorb up to 75% of the rainwater that falls on it, and this reduces the amount of rainwater that ends up in the drainage system helping to offset some of the runoff from the impermeable surfaces around the property. They also help to regulate the temperature inside the dwelling during extremes of weather. In addition to all this they can also provide a good wildlife habitat especially when wild flowers and grasses are incorporated into the turf. The wind turbines at the base of the hill behind the cottages produce all the energy needed for both cottages.
Linen and towels are provided, and each cottage is equipped with bicycles, picnic backpacks, beach towels and a set of golf clubs. Smoking and pets are not allowed on the premises. The cottages have been built to provide category 3 assisted wheelchair access for residents.