A Perfect Cottage – Isle of Harris
The Isle of Harris holds many wonders and is well known for its rugged landscape, beautiful white sandy beaches, dramatic coastlines, historical artifacts and of course, the world famous Scottish textile, Harris Tweed.
Joined to the Isle of Lewis, the Isle of Harris is part of this magical island duo that is set off the north west coast of Scotland’s mainland. Reached by boat you can enjoy an adventurous ferry ride where dolphins are often seen jumping alongside the boat, causing much excitement.
Calmac Ferry provides a luxurious service where you can enjoy a heart warming meal, sight see from the deck or chill in the cosy lounge with a hot chocolate. This journey is often the most exciting, crossing the sea with unknown travelers to your wild destination!
The Isle of Harris itself is divided into two parts, North and South Harris. The north is rugged and mountainous, taking your breath away as you take on the terrain. The south however is more flat, but no less beautiful with some of the most glorious white sand beaches and bays our country has to offer. Although the water is chilly, many like to take a dip to simply experience the thrill of swimming in some of the world’s coldest of waters. Water ports like surfing are big on the island as the waves keep you entertained for hours, but kayaking and paddle boarding are also popular for those looking for a slower pace. As well as ample outdoor activity there is plenty to keep the keen culture seeker occupied with lots of little art and crafts shops and cafe galleries dotted about the island. Many sell local artwork and talent offering that perfect excuse to pick up a gift or two. For the foodies out there you can scout about to find the best places to eat and the best establishments to sample the local ale.
We have a very special cottage on the island which, much to our delight, came on to our books this year. Set in a serene position by the water the cottage enjoys peaceful views out over the bay, secluded in it’s own little patch, perfect for those much needed moments of quiet. Just a short drive away from the famous white sand beaches to the south of the island, it is located in the perfect spot for adventuring and exploring. Days can be spent driving from beach to beach, wandering the many shores taking in all of sights. Nature and wildlife is abundant and many otters, seals and dolphins can be spotted playing in the water. Dreamy!
“This is a great holiday cottage and makes a fantastic base for your holiday, regardless of the weather. The owners gave us a wonderful welcome and couldn’t do enough for us. Lovely views from the cottage and a great spot for walks, kayaking, and bird-watching.” Mr Davidson July 2018.
Inside the cottage is modern and welcoming and the rooms at the front of the house all have gorgeous views out over the sea, so wildlife spotting and scenic admiration won’t be hard. The open plan kitchen and dining area will become the social hub of the house whilst breakfasts are cooked, picnics are made and dinners are enjoyed. Everything you will need is present in the kitchen and the stylish interior will make cooking much more exciting for those who aren’t so keen. The comfortable chairs around the generous table will take sociable mealtimes well into the night before retiring to the sitting room for a night cap.
The sitting room boasts a lovely plush corner sofa giving you the chance to stretch your legs in comfort after a big day out, and the wood burning stove adds that extra atmosphere to any evening in. There is a TV for those of you who like to relax with a movie – even though you are as remote as it can get, you can still get some home comforts!
Upstairs you have three bedrooms, 1 double, 1 twin and 1 single and each of them is bright, fresh and spacious. The brightly coloured linen adorning each bed really adds that pop of colour we all like to see against neutral decor and each room is furnished nicely to ensure you get a comfortable night’s sleep. Lazy mornings can be spent with a cuppa in bed and a good book or the occasional early night if you so desire after a full day out adventuring.
Taigh Ailein is a cottage that welcomes the dog, and after our post last week on pet friendly holidays we feel this is the perfect house to feature. In fact, a very special guest stayed here last weekend, one of Scotland’s most famous pooches – ‘Casper The Wee White Dug’.
If you haven’t heard of Casper before he has taken Instagram by storm with an amazing following of over 15,000 people. He travels the country showcasing the best of Scotland’s unique landscape, areas and attractions, not to mention the best places to take your dog. So, to no surprise, we were thrilled he came to stay! Casper will be writing all about his visit over on his BLOG so make sure you check it out. You can follow him on Instagram @theweewhitedug
If you are keen to stay here make sure you check out this gorgeous cottage over on our website today. It sleeps 6, the rates start at £650 for the week and you can book short breaks too. This cottage encourages a digital detox so there is no WIFI but we have heard that you can find some phone signal in certain spots in the garden – you’ve got to love Scotland!
Go on, put Taigh Ailein & Isle of Harris on the bucket list!