Welcome to Taigh a' Ghearraidh! Enjoy the rugged, timeless beauty of North Uist and the Outer Hebrides from one of the most comfortable and appealing cottages on the islands. 2 minutes walk from the Atlantic ocean, Taigh a' Ghearraidh is well situated for those who want to get away from the crowd while only ten minutes drive from the nearest shop.
Westwards Hiorta (St. Kilda) appears on the horizon It is but a few minutes to the nearest beach, Hoglan. From there follow the unique coastline to Slochd a ‘Choire (Kettle Cave) and then along the cliff tops northwards to the dramatic blonde beach, Traigh S’ Tir on Hosta machair, the destination of surfers. There is a wetsuit drying area as well as bicycle shelter.
This North Uist Self Catering accommodation is in the heart of bird watching heaven. Come and spot eagles, peregrine falcons, hen harriers, buzzards and ravens. The corncrakes arrive in May and call from the garden. Escorted walks are available in the summer. Contact RSPB.
From the house walk, cycle or drive the short distance southwards towards Balranald Bird Reserve to enjoy the glittering sands and jewel like flowers on the machair.
The cottage has a roomy kitchen well equipped with crockery, cooking utensils, a larder fridge/freezer, electric cooker, microwave, slow cooker, washing machine, drying pully and dishwasher.
For family entertainment there is a radio/cd/tape player with a selection of audible stories, an array of board games, jigsaw puzzles for all ages and a porta puzzle folder for construction. The bookcase holds novels, books on local history, flora and fauna.
This was the home of the Bard Aonghas Lachlainn Bhig who wrote Eilean Uibhist Mo Ruin, (published in Beagan Bardachd a Uibhist a Tuath available from Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum and Arts Centre shop Lochmaddy), recorded by Julie Fowles and recently by the band Trail West.
The croft house retains its original 1930’s wood lining creating a cosy ambiance and transporting the visitor to a disappeared time. There is central heating throughout for your comfort and an open fireplace in the living room. In the generous area outside the house there is a washing line and ample space to sit or play and it offers plenty off road parking
Whether your interests are for walking, cycling, kayaking, fishing or bird watching this house is at the heart of the island experience. Make this your accommodation in North Uist to relax and enjoy a digital detox.Culture;
From this North Uist accommodation visit the well signposted remains of the medieval Temple Trianaid (Trinity Temple),Carinish; the Neolithic Chambered Cairn, Barpa Langass; the Iron Age Broch, Dun An Sticir Newtonferry.
Look for further information from publications such as The Island Dwellings of North Uist, Five Millennia of Island Life by Robert Lenfert, An Island Book Trust Publication and North Uist in History and Legend by Bill Lawson at Taigh Cheasabhagh Museum shop Lochmaddy.
If your interests included craft and art works North Uist hosts a diverse selection of small studios and galleries as well as Taigh Chearsabhagh Musuem and Art Centre in Lochmaddy. Look out for signage.
Bayhead shop, the nearest, has a good selection of local produce, general groceries, all else, petrol and newspapers.
Sample the delights of the Hebridean Smokehouse at Clachan and travel further south to Kallin, Grimsay for fresh seafood such as lobsters, scallops, prawns and crab. While in Grimsay why not visit Uist Wool to see this new innovation that processes local wool from fleece to garment.