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Taigh Ailein

Manish, Outer Hebrides
Sleeps 6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 1
Change Sat
Dogs welcome 1
4 star
Waterside views
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Beach within easy reach
Family friendly
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Beautiful waterside location with spectacular scenery in every direction
  • Within easy reach of the stunning Luskentyre beach with its stretches of white sand
  • Watch traditional Harris tweed being made or pay a visit to the Harris Gin Distillery
  • Perfect location for walking, cycling and kayaking from your front door
Property code: CA321

Set on the south coast of the beautiful Isle of Harris, this superb property offers spectacular views over the water and has been recently renovated to offer a high standard of accommodation for a family seeking a peaceful retreat in the Outer Hebrides.

This beautiful cottage is set in a magnificent location that will literally take your breath away. Situated on the south coast of the Isle of Lewis and Harris, this property is completely embraced by the very essence of the Outer Hebridean wilderness. Surrounded by the ocean, this serene and secluded cottage offers peace and tranquillity of the greatest kind.

Having undergone complete refurbishment in 2018, the property has been designed to welcome the wild and stunning landscape inside. With every room in the cottage having views over the clear crystal waters, you don’t even have to leave your front door to appreciate all its splendour. Converted to a modern and high standard, this accommodation is certain to provide you with all the comfort and conveniences you could wish for during your stay in the Outer Hebrides.

The cottage has a modern but warm feel to it using bright and colourful patterns and colours to soften more neutral shades. Situated over two floors, the open-plan kitchen/dining room is large and elegant offering the perfect space to socialise with friends and family. The separate sitting room is cosy and invites you to sit around the wood burner on those chilly winter evenings. Upstairs is the spacious family shower room and the bedrooms, all of which are vibrant and full of character with spectacular views of the surrounding landscape.

Outside, the cottage has a large enclosed garden with seating where you can sit for hours on end just mesmerised by the Hebridean wilderness at your fingertips. Al fresco dining will take on a whole new meaning for you once you have experienced it here.


Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week.

Please note there is a refundable £150 security deposit for this property payable closer to the start of your holiday.

  • 3 bedrooms - 1 double, 1 double with extra single, 1 single
  • 1 shower room with WC
  • Electric oven with ceramic hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine
  • Travel cot available on request
  • Highchair available
  • Electric heating
  • TV, DVD player
  • Enclosed garden with outdoor seating
  • Private parking
  • 1 dog welcome, please be aware that dogs must be kept under control at all times as owner’s sheep wander freely around the property
  • Guests must bring their own fuel for the multi-fuel stove
  • There is no mobile signal in this property. Signal can sometimes be found in patches of the garden depending on network
  • 2 miles to local cafe, 8 miles to local shops
  • Please check Calmac Ferries to the Islands are operating before booking and book prior to travelling

Situated in the township of Manish on the south coast of the Isle of Harris, you are surrounded by water with some of the most stunning scenery Scotland has to offer. Its wild and remote location provides some of the most unspoilt and untouched landscapes in the Outer Hebrides with some fantastic walking, cycling and kayaking waters to explore directly from your front door.


Harris is the southern and more mountainous region of the island of Lewis and Harris and the home of the original Harris tweed. In North Harris lies Clisham, the highest mountain in the Outer Hebrides at 799 metres and the landscape here is dramatic, wild and rugged. Whereas in South Harris the landscape is gentle and filled with fields, rolling hills and meadows and a number of spectacular white sandy beaches such as Luskentyre (11 miles) and Scarista (13 miles).


The 'Golden Road' as it is known, named because of how much money it cost to build, was built in 1897 linking remote settlements that could previously only be accessed by sea. It is a wonderful drive with lots of twists and turns that will take you up the east coast of Harris along its rocky shoreline through some stunning little coastal townships.

Fiona MacDonald

This property is personally managed by Fiona.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

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Reviewed by Christine 10th October 2020

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This is a gem of a place to stay. The location is idealic it really is picture perfect. The kids loved playing in the garden and by the water. We spent the week walking and exploring the island. We all went home happy and relaxed. We definitely hope to return.

Reviewed by Fiona 5th September 2020

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Ian and Liz were amazing and both met us when we arrived and brought goodies for us. The house was wonderful and a comfortable warm house when we returned from long walks. Would highly recommend this house to anyone.

Reviewed by Ian 29th August 2020

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This well equipped cottage has excellent facilities with lovely spacious dining kitchen ideal for relaxing holiday. The enclosed garden was perfect and safe for our dog and the sheep in surrounding areas! The location is remote but well worth the views.

Reviewed by Mike 22nd August 2020

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Reviewed by Rupert 25th July 2020

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Lovely cottage, clean, comfortable and cosy. Stunning location.

Reviewed by Patrick 18th July 2020

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This is a beautiful cottage, tastefully renovated and in a superb, remote location. We loved the ever-changing loch-side scenery visible out of all the windows, and hearing nothing but the sounds of wildlife, waves and weather. The only downside was having to leave after an immensely relaxing week.

Reviewed by Mr Hamilton July 2019

Really enjoyed our stay at Taigh Ailein. Location by the sea on Isle of Harris was fantastic and cottage had all the facilities we needed. Would definitely return for stay again.

Reviewed by Mr Mccarron July 2019

We stayed here for a week with three young children and our dog. The house is lovely, modern, clean and comfortable! Lovely peaceful location in a stunning island.

Reviewed by Mr Willis June 2019

Taigh Ailein is very modern, clean, warm and comfortable. We've used cottages in Scotland for the past 15 years and it's as good as any we've stayed at. The location is so beautiful and peaceful, with wildlife all around. We had regular sightings of the local otter from the cottage and lots of bird life including red throated diver, waders and wildRead morefowl. We were made to feel very welcome by Ian and Lizzie, thank you. We would wholeheartedly recommend a stay at Taigh Ailein. Hide

Reviewed by Mr Codd May 2019

A lovely house, well equiped, and in a beautiful location. You couldn't wish for more. We have been visiting Scotland 2 or 3 times a year for over 35 years and this ranks amongst one of the very best properties we have stayed in.

Reviewed by Mrs Falconer May 2019

The cottage is located right on the waterfront with great walks out to the headlands. Inside it is very well decorated with very modern rooms and fittings. The kitchen is large with every need catered for. Perhaps a bit more guidance on local amenities and recycling / rubbish arrangements would be useful but this was only a minor niggle.

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Note: As the postcode is used to identify the general area of the property, it may not always reflect its precise location, therefore please only use this map as a guide.

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