House | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
If it's time to escape from it all, visit Harris! With an abundance of wildlife, arts, music, breathtakingly beautiful beaches and the eponymous Harris Tweed, it is the most magical place in which to explore, adventure, relax, unwind! Bannatyne House, on the Isle of Scalpay, Harris, is just 15 minutes drive from Tarbert, and connected to 'mainland' Harris by a High-span road bridge.
With the most stunning sea views across the islands natural South Harbour, this 3 bedroomed luxury self catering holiday home, offers a warm and welcoming place to explore all that Scalpay, Harris & Lewis and the wider Hebrides has to offer. Suitable for families, couples and groups of friends. Recently renovated to the highest specification, and new to the holiday market, Bannatyne House has a welcoming entrance area to kick of your boots and enjoy the warming properties of underfloor heating, and to enjoy the comfortable living and dining areas, including the sun room area, where a wonderful sunset can be enjoyed over a wee dram!
The living area is fully equipped with TV, iPod compatible sound system and Nintendo Wii, and Wi-Fi. There is a luxury family bathroom downstairs and lovely en-suite upstairs with rainfall shower, Arran Aromatic toiletries provided. The 3 bedrooms, include a twin room with balcony, master with super-king-size bed and en-suite, and the downstairs bedroom with luxury king-size bed, and Harris tweed furnishings, all enjoying luxury bedding! The fully equipped kitchen has everything you are likely to need, including double oven, electric hobs, microwave, tassimo coffee machine, dishwasher. The utility room houses the washing machine, tumble dryer and clothes driers. There is also a clothes drying area outside.
The spacious terrace and the upstairs balcony also provide enjoyable outdoor spaces to enjoy your peaceful surroundings. Scalpay is a beautiful island, with great walks to the famous Eilean-glas lighthouse and Bein Scorabhaig, two natural harbours, a community shop and café, playpark,and wonderful crafts to explore. It is connected to Harris by High Span road bridge. Harris has much to offer with breath-taking beaches just a short drive away, with white sands and aqua marine waters, reminiscent of warmer climes! With great walks, and cycle routes, wonderful wildlife, galleries, cafes and craft shops, golf, not to mention great outdoor adventures, such as sea-kayaking, surfing, sailing. Visit us!
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Stornoway 1hrs drive|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden|
The Hebrides/Skye region
The outer Hebrides is the most westerly island range in Scotland and forms an archipelago of islands, which boasts beaches of white sands and aquamarine waters, a vibrant arts and music scene, the heartland of Gaelic culture and a place to commune with nature, enjoy the outdoors and relax!
Lewis and Harris though distinct in culture and landscape are one landmass, separated by a narrow stream at Bowglass as you take in the breathtaking views of Loch Seaforth from the road that links the two! The lovely island of Scalpay is attached by high-span road bridge to North Harris.
These striking and diverse unspoilt landscapes create a place of natural beauty and interest. The contrasting environments - lunar-like rocky areas, high mountains and pockets of lochs that reflect the changing skies; the lush green Machair connecting the land to the Atlantic where the waves ebb and flow against the expansive stretches of secluded white sand beaches, reminiscent of the Carribean (though not quite as warm!) - make this such a wonderful place to be, whether the sun is on your back or the sea breeze in your hair. The abundant wildlife adds to the enjoyment of exploring.
Island Hopping & Sea faring
There are ferry links at Tarbert and Leverburgh in Harris and at Stornoway in Lewis, making it an ideal place from which to Island Hop (see Calmac for details). There are also boat trips to St. Kilda and the Shiant Islands.
Arts & Music
The extremes of these remote yet vibrant isles provide inspiration to the many artists, musicians and writers who live and work here. With a rich talent pool, there is much to discover, with galleries & studios throughout.
The Hebridean Celtic Festival takes place each year in July and promises a fantastic line up of artists! There are many other musical delights to be enjoyed throughout the year www.hebceltfest.com
Whether walking, cycling, sea kayaking or beach combing, there is so much to enjoy!
There are many great places to eat and drink throughout the Isles, in which you can enjoy the great seafood and warm Hebridean welcome
Visit our website for more details of activities and things to do and see, as well as links and contact details.
Isle of Harris
Scalpay has two natural harbours - the North and South harbours - which provided safe anchorage to the island's once substantial fishing fleet and continue to do so today for local boats and the many visiting yachts. Bannatyne House overlooks the South Harbour. The island also has many small lochans. The largest of these is Loch an Duin (Loch of the Fort). The island also enjoys an abundance of wildlife: birds, otters, seals and much more, try sea kayaking around the island with the Scaladale centre!
The island was also known to generations of sailors as the Glass Isle, hence the name of the island's lighthouse - Eilean Glas - the first to be built in the Outer Hebrides. It is still accessible via a glorious walk over the moors, to the peninsula on the eastern shore. Enjoy further walks to Beinn Scorabhaig, scalpay - an accessible walk, with splendid panoramic views from Lewis to Uist and Wester Ross. There are also a range of guided walks throughout Harris, details available from the North Harris Trust.
The community Cafe and Shop 'Butha Scalpaigh' opened in May 2012 and is a short walk from Bannatyne House. With well stocked shelves and a welcoming cafe, it also provides a gallery space for some of the local crafts people of the Island.
It is worth noting that in common with the rest of the Western Isles, Harris is an adherent to the Sabbath, with all shops and most cafes/ restaurants closed on Sundays, there a handful of exceptions, details on our web.
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