Glen Gravir Cottage
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Cottage | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Escape to the edge of the world and explore the Outer Hebrides from your base at Glen Gravir Cottage. This comfortable, welcoming three bedroom self-catering cottage boasts a secluded location in an area rich in nautral beauty while still being in easy travelling distance of shops and other facilities.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Luskentyre, Dalmore, Dalbeag 40 km|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||8 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Stornoway Airport 50 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||TV, Telephone, Wi-Fi available|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 7|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
The Hebrides/Skye region
The Western Isles are an island archepeliago on the Atlantic west coast of Scotland which maintain a generally mild climate due to the Gulf Stream which washes it's shores. Lewis and Harris comprise the largest island around the UK coast with the etremes of topography from the vast moorland planes of the north, The mountainaous middle section stretching from East to West and relaxing to the unforgiving but stunning landscape of east Harris and the relaxed machair land of west Harris with some off the most stunning beaches laced along its shores.
With a rich Norse heritage featuring old grain mills, brochs and the world famous Callanish Stones and there are plenty of places to explore. Don't forget the renowned Uig chessmen whose true origin is still being debated and which can be seen on occasion in the Stornoway museum but will be housed in The Lews Castle following its refurbishment.
If you are looking for stunning views and are up for exploration the Pairc "(Park) district of the island of Lewis is rich in culture and history. Head for Lemreway or Orinsay (made famous by the renowned gaelic singer, Calum Kennedy, who was born in Orinsay. If you want to see another perspective of the Isle of Skye and the magnificient Shiant Iles, 8 miles of the coast, head for these villages. The poet W.H. Auden wrote of the Shiants "Look, stranger, at this island now. The leaping light for your delight discovers, Stand stable here And silent be, That through the channels of the ear. May wander like a river. The swaying sound of the sea."
Isle of Lewis
Where to start always hard to let folk in on the little secrets that the locals have kept for many years but we're willing to share!
Lets start where our cottage is situated out in the Glen. South facing you can just chill out and read a book, enjoy a warm summers day or a winter gale. On request we can supply our own peat and get a nice toasty fire going. If you ever wanted to see Golden and now sea eagles the Glen is the place to be. I defy you not to see them daily. Even sitting on the fence post at teh back of the house.SPECTACULOR.
The area is known as south lochs. For no other reason that there are litterally thousands of freshwater lochs and there are many good quality brown trout lochs nearby. However for the more expert take your pick of the many salmon lochs and surprisingly it is very inexpensive to have the salmon fishing experience.
You can explore the area on foot. There are many beautiful coastal walks. Sneak into Orinsay and head up over the hills to the deserted village of Stemreway. Bring a picnic or have a fly skinny dip in the clear water....no one will notice.
Get on your bike, it will test you but why not do the circular route through Gravir, on to Calbost then to Marvig and head back to Gravir. Not for the faint hearted but always remember the going down the hills is worth the effort of going up them.
Ok so you need to chill. Ravenspoint shop and cafe is 10 minutes up teh road. Have a lovely coffee\tea and a delicious slice of their hope baking. Visit the Angus Macleod museum full of many intersting local artefacts. Try and book some local sea fishing trips. Lewis Macleod from Keose is a local expert.
Ok everyday should be an adventure and been placed in the centre of the island gives you the opportunity to plan out your trips.
The Isle of Harris (it's joined to Lewis so not sure where the "Isle" came from. Tarbert is just 30 minutes from the house. You will climb over the Clisham, the highest point on the islands, and then drop down into Tarbert. Visit the Harris tweed shop, pricey but you'll also find little gifts. Just beside the shop is a big warehouse with reams of muti-coloured Harris tewwed and a working Hattersley loom.
On a wet day head for the local swimming pool. great for families, far superior to the Stornoway pool. If you want to eat the Harris hotel doeslovely lunches or fine dinners. The motel next door will provide you with excellent fish and chips (way to large for one!!). Motel Hebrides down by the pier do scrummy bar food in a modern setting and fine dining par excellance.
BUT don't forget the little guys. head 5 minutes south out of Tarbert for the Lec-Li Community Center and Jessie Macleod will serve up her home made scotch broth, scones and cakes. Great for families and "rowdy" kids. You're on your way south so nip back up the road and another 5 minutes will get you to what must be teh most stunning beach in the world, Luskentyre. Stunning scenery in changing light If it doesn't render you speechless I'll eat my hat!
Next beach is seilabost, then Horgabost, then Nisabost. Take a walk along its shore to the Macleod stone and take in the views to Taransay. Ok are you out of breath. Head south to Northton and the Macillvary Cente for some fantastic views, view the bird life and have fantastic food in the Temple Cafe. Walk along the Machair or climb Northton Hill.
Finally head south to Leverburgh. Another good place for luch or a snack the Anchorage restaraunt at teh pier. Watch the ferry come and go and have a relaxing drink. Then a few miles down the road is the 15th Century Rodel Church. Beautiful inside and the graveyard tells its own history of times past and great wars.
If not exhausted why not talke the east coast road for a hair raising ride north. It's called the golden road because it literally cost a fortune to build. The road is littered with interesting art galleries in a hard landscape. The Skoon cafe gallery is set in a beautiful spot and delivers yummy warm chocolate brownies.
Do Harris in a day.....??? Unlikely but worth the ride.
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27 Jun 2014
"Fantastic value, fantastic stay!!"
My husband and I and our 16 year old niece stayed there in early June and were really lucky with the weather...The house is beautifully decorated and very well appointed with everything you could need… More
14 Aug 2013
"Beautifully furnished cottage in peaceful setting with everything you need."
This cottage is tastefully and thoughtfully furnished with a roomy comfortable sitting room, large screen tv, good supply of DVDs and well equipped kitchen. The bedrooms are well laid out with two twi… More
22 Jul 2013
"Great for families visiting Lewis"
Our extended family of 6 adults stayed for 5 nights in July at Glen Gravir cottage and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Comfortably furnished, the cottage has washing machine, Wi-Fi, television, a small … More
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