Dollag's Cottage, Shawbost
Cottage | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Dollag's Cottage is a newly refurbished self catering cottage set on a croft in the village of Shawbost on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides. The cottage can sleep 6 with one double room and two upstairs twin rooms. The cottage has a shower room adapted for use by disabled persons and a downstairs double bedroom. The new kitchen has all "mod cons" including a dishwasher and microwave and all the utensils necessary to cook anything from an oven ready pizza to a 4 course meal for six. Linen and towels are supplied and heating and electricity are included in the price so there is no need to feed a meter. Dollanna even provides a spotting scope for guests to use to observe the local wildlife. There is oil fired central heating throughout the ground floor of the cottage with electric radiators used to heat the two upstairs bedrooms.
Shawbost, or Siabost in Gaelic, is a small village located on the West Side of the Isle of Lewis and it is centrally located for exploring both the local area and attractions further afield. Callanish standing stones are about 20 minutes drive from the cottage and a sandy beach and coastal walk are but 5 minutes walk from the front door. In spring there are often lambs on the croft, and sometimes it is possible for children to try their hand at feeding them, and corncrakes are heard calling within yards of the front door. The clack of looms weaving Harris Tweed may also be heard from the front door and it is often possible to arrange a visit to see a local weaver in action. Dollag's Cottage offers the ideal "get away from it all" holiday break for the family.
The area around the cottage was used for the location filming for the BBC "Katie Morag" children's programmes and many of our younger guests enjoy living the "Katie Morag lifestyle."
Dollag's Cottage makes the ideal base for a holiday on the island and visitors can choose to tour the island by car or stay by their own front door and enjoy beaches, coastal walks and an array of interesting wildlife ranging from otters, whales and golden eagles to wild red deer. Those looking a more active holiday can walk, surf, fish for wild brown trout on hundreds of lochs or even go ten pin bowling.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Shawbost 1 km|
|Nearest Amenities||15 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Stornoway 25 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
The Hebrides/Skye region
The Isle of Lewis is a remote and sparsely populated island some 40 miles off the west coast of Scotland. It offers miles of sandy, and often empty, beaches and many archaeological sites of great interest including the world famous Callanish stone circle. For the bird watcher Lewis has a wealth of things to see and in the spring and early summer especially the island is alive with birds ranging from elusive, but very vocal, corncrakes on the croft to golden and sea eagles soaring high above.
Otters are a common sight on the lochs, whales are often seen off the coast including a pod of killer whales currently resident in the Minch, red deer may be spotted on the moor and there are a wide range of other interesting, and often rarely seen, wildlife and plant life.
For the angler Lewis provides hundreds of trout lochs, almost all of which are free fishing, and also the best Atlantic salmon fishing in Europe. It is necessary to pay for most salmon fishing but there are some areas of free salmon fishing in and around Shawbost.
For families there is lots for the kids to do especially if they enjoy being outdoors where they can play on the beaches, feed the pet lambs on the croft, learn to fish in the lochs, spot red deer on the moor or visit a loom shed and see the Harris Tweed being woven by local weavers. In the spring and autumn months the Northern Lights are often seen and with very limited light pollution Lewis has dark skies allowing the visitor to make the most of the night sky. With Lewis being so low lying there are few hills on the northern part of the island to cause clouds to form and so the island gets better weather than the visitor might expect with sun block being at least as important as a fleece or rain coat.
Lewis is at about 58 degrees north and so visitors coming from further south will notice a considerable increase in the hours of daylight in mid-summer and also a shortening in mid-winter. Visitors are often amazed at just how notable this effect can be and enjoy trying to read their book outdoors at midnight in June or spotting Northern Lights in the dark skies of winter.
As the visitor might expect Lewis gets "a lot of weather" though because it is low lying cloud and rain are less common than might be expected, in 2012 for example while the rest of the UK had an wet summer Lewis had bright sun and not a single drop of rain for several months. Even over the past (2012/13) winter Lewis has been relatively dry with small moor fires flaring up here and there as a result. If you are travelling from the south of Scotland or England then you will probably notice that it is slightly cooler on Lewis than it was at home and it is also likely to be a bit more windy due to its exposed position 40 miles out into the Atlantic. However the advantage of this is that most bad weather blows through quite quickly and so it is rare to experience days of overcast, wet weather as is more common in the more mountainous areas.
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29 Jun 2014
"Best vacation rental ever!"
From the very first communication the owner was extremely helpful and welcoming. Her cottage is beautiful--fully remodeled, spotlessly clean, spacious, comfortable. The furniture, fixtures, linens, kitchen items are all first rate. She has thought of everything to make your visit to Lewis exceptional--right down to providing picnic supplies! She has made it very easy to immediately settle in--full explanation of all household systems. I loved the location of the cottage. You are within just a few minutes of a great walking trail that goes for miles up and down the coast--just across a field and through a gate and you're at the sea. The neighbors are also very friendly and helpful. Absolutely the best vacation rental we've every used.
4 Jun 2014
"Lovely hideaway on the west coast"
A few minutes walk and you're on the cliffs overlooking the Atlantic and sunset views, 10 min walk east and you're at a deserted beach. Short drives to more beaches, more views, and all that… More
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