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Benshaw Cottage from the hill

Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 4 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed

Benshaw Cottage was a crofter's home which was modernised in early-2014 with good quality kitchen and bathroom facilities as well as new carpets, decor, fine bedwear and furniture. It is now a cosy and inviting self-catering holiday cottage in Tobson on Great Bernera on the west of the Isle of Lewis.

Whether you are an avid photographer, aurora watcher, trout and salmon fisherman, a sea angler or walker or are just a nature lover, Benshaw Cottage is ideal as a base. Lochs and rivers in the Western Isles, also known as the Outer Hebrides, are known for their fishing and the clear, unpolluted air and skies make it very special.

Note: If you are planning a special occasion like a proposal, a birthday surprise, a honeymoon or other special event, just let us know. We can provide a limo or standard car with driver, a professional photographer, a delivery of flowers, etc. Just ask. If we cannot provide it ourselves, we undoubtedly know someone reliable who can.

Size Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms
Nearest beach Bosta 4 km
Will consider Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 5 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Stornoway 48 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries DVD player, Sea view
General Central heating, CD player, Satellite TV
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms
Furniture Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors BBQ
Access Parking

The Hebrides/Skye region

Tobson is on the island of Great Bernera, which is connected by a road bridge to the Isle of Lewis. It has a lively community atmosphere much of it centred on the Bernera Community Centre which has a cafe, a museum and a games hall. Half a mile away from the centre is the Bernera Shop which has fuel pumps.

Isle of Lewis

When on Great Bernera you should visit the now-uninhabited village of Bosta where there is a superb clean and safe beach and an Iron Age house that has been recovered and rebuilt from the sands. Then you can go wider afield and your day trip could take in the world-famous 5,000-year-old Callanish Stones, often referred to as Scotland's answer to Stonehenge, the Arnol Blackhouse which shows the standard of island housing even 60 years ago as well as the Norse Mill at Shawbost and the golden unspoilt beaches at Reef in Uig or at Luskentyre on Harris.

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15 Sep 2014


"Excellent attention to detail"

Had a great stay here. Easy to find, well located to tour Harris and Lewis, and a very nice property. Great to find a few essential supplies to greet me and to be left in peace - very thoughtful owner… More

14 Aug 2014


"Comfortable cosy cottage in a pocturesque location"

We really enjoyed our stay at Benshaw Cottage. It is very well equipped with everything anyone would need - including 2 fridges! (Very useful for stocking up in the summer). Lovely walks from the c… More

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6 Jul 2014


"Wonderful cottage with 5 star facilities in a beautiful and peaceful setting."

When we left Benshaw Cottage after a superb 4 night break, we felt we were leaving paradise! Words seem inadequate to describe the tranquility and comfort of the cottage. Starting with the kitchen - it has every bit of equipment you would need and we cooked 3 out of the 4 nights. Having 2 fridges in the house is a real bonus! The lounge, bedrooms and bathroom were immaculate and the whole ambience of Benshaw was very tasteful. I enjoyed not having the intrusion of the internet and really felt I could concentrate on relaxing! I could get mobile phone (O2) reception by walking slightly up the hill. Benshaw Cottage has every comfort and amenity to make for a vacation in a rural and quiet part of Lewis. Bosta Beach nearby and the Uig beaches were magnificent and well worth a visit! We toured around the lovely island and enjoyed returning to the cosy Benshaw after the delights of the Lewis landscape.

Thank you very much, ladies. It was a pleasure to have you stay.

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