Isle of Lewis
Do you dream of an island getaway? A place of solitude and tranquillity where you can look out over stunning sea views and forget the rest of the world exists? Liosbeag on the Isle of Lewis offers you this and more! This appealing seaside cottage, in the tiny village of Bhaltos, is situated on the west of island, just over 30 miles from the 'capital' of the isle, Stornoway (all facilities) where the ferry crosses from Ullapool on the mainland and your island adventure begins.
Despite its relatively remote location you won't have to 'rough it' - the standard modern conveniences are all provided at Liosbeag. A bright open-plan lounge/kitchen/dining room runs almost the entire length of the ground floor, the large windows framing views more beautiful than any picture.
From the sitting area there is access to a decked veranda (furniture) which is just perfect for alfresco eating or enjoying a few evening drinks as you watch the sun set over the North Atlantic before cosying up in front of the wood-burning stove. The small utility room and the downstairs shower room at the entrance to the cottage are ideal for getting cleaned up after exploring the beaches, moors and small lochs of the island. Up the timber staircase in the eaves of the property is a good size twin bedroom and an open galleried double bedroom which also has those stunning sea views.
You don't have to venture far from the doorstep (200 metres) to reach the first of many sandy coves which are dotted along the island's edge, the magnificent Valtos beach with its mile long arc of white sands is just a short stroll away and if you fancy viewing the coast from a different angle there is boat hire just 3 miles from the cottage. Whether you take to the water or not, you will unlikely not to come across some of the famed local wildlife. In this particular part of the island are several pairs of breeding golden eagles, various sea birds, sea otters as well as a herd of red deer. Just as captivating as the native nature of Lewis is the history of the isle, a little north of the cottage, at Callanish, stands a mysterious set of stones dating back over 5000 years, and the iron age Dun Carloway Broch is also well worth a look.
Notwithstanding its history, Lewis offers plenty of more contemporary pleasures. You can enjoy a light lunch, coffee and the notable home baking on offer at the Loch Croistean Coffee Shop or sample a more substantial meal made from island ingredients at the licenced restaurant Auberge Carnish which overlooks the silvery Uig Sands. The 18 hole golf course in Stornoway provides a fun challenge while offering panoramic views of the harbour and the Minch. There is a swimming pool, squash court, a climbing wall and soft play for the younger generation at the capital's sports centre, the sports centre at Ness offers a fitness suite, sauna and even a 10 pin bowling alley!
Naturally, such a stunning isle has also attracted many artists to its inspirational surroundings providing a whole host of unique shops where their talents are displayed and available for you to buy and take home as a special reminder of this idyllic island and your time on its shores.
Heating by air source heat pump (£30 of electricity included) and wood burning stove (starter pack included). Bed linen is included. Towels are not available. One well-behaved pet is welcome by arrangement under strict control (stock in surrounding fields). Sorry, smoking is not permitted in the cottage. Wi-fi included, subject to provider.
Accommodation (sleeps 4):
- Open plan sitting/dining room/kitchen with TV/DVD, wood burning stove, electric hob and oven, dishwasher, fridge, microwave, etc.
- Utility room with small deep-freeze and washing machine.
- Shower room with shower, WC and wash basin.
- Open galleried double bedroom.
- Bathroom with bath, WC and wash basin.
- Twin bedroom.