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Excellent 5/5 52 reviews

Theres water right on your doorstep.

Farmhouse | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4

Key Info
  • Nearest beach 10 km
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed

Valasay Croft House is located on the Atlantic coast of the Island of Great Bernera and sits within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The croft house offers semi-detached self-catering and was designed and built in 1998 on a family croft that is set in one of the most beautiful areas of Lewis. The self-catering facilities sleep 4 and include a double and twin bedroom, bathroom with shower, fully-fitted kitchen/ dining area with electric cooker and dishwasher and a large and very comfortable lounge with open fire. There is a separate driveway for parking to the side of the property and just beyond the gate is the Valasay Bridge. This historic footbridge spans the Kyles of Valasay and the lower part of the bridge is over 100 years old. The waters that surge through on an incoming or outgoing tide have led this area to be designated a Marine Special Area for Conservation and the habitats created by this are perfect for a range of marine invertebrates and seaweeds. The area is also home to many fish, seals and the elusive Otter. At any time of year you will see Grey Heron and Cormorant fishing the area and a variety of shore birds including Curlew, Oystercatcher and Sandpiper during the summer months.

To stand on the bridge or to lie in your bed and listen to the sound of the water as it flows in or out on the tide is one of the most soothing sounds on the planet. However for the more energetic you can continue across the bridge and walk one of the most popular coastal trails on Lewis. This walk leads north along a way-marked trail to the stunning beach at Bostadh where in 1996 an archaeological dig revealed an Iron Age Village. During the summer months you can visit the reconstructed Iron Age House that has been built just inland of Bostadh Beach before returning to Valasay either by the coastal trail or by the road that will lead you past the memorial to the Bernera Riots (1874) and the Community Centre at Breacleate. Here you may wish to stop for a cup of tea/coffee at the community café or visit our little museum where there are documents and artefacts relating to the islands historic past.

Valasay is the ideal location for exploring the Island of Lewis as a 40 minute drive will take you to the beautiful and rugged Uig District to the west, or a 30 minute drive in the other direction will take you to the Westside of Lewis. Here you can visit the enigmatic Callanish Standing Stone Circles, The Doune Carloway Iron Age Broch and the Gearrannan or Arnol Blackhouses. A 45 minute drive from Valasay will take you to Stornoway our main centre of population.

Elsewhere in Bernera, other walks you can enjoy are to a Norse Mill or to an iron age Broch at Loch Baravat. For the more energetic, sea-kayaking can be enjoyed from the shore at the bottom of the drive, giving access over to Uig and the beautiful islands in between.

Valasay is a forty-minute drive from Stornoway, and is on the spectacular west coast of Lewis. It is ideally placed to explore the very scenic and historical district of Uig, or the west-side loop of Lewis that includes the world famous Standing Stones at Callanish, and the Arnol Blackhouse.

Whether you want to experience the Gaelic culture at the new Arts Centre, catch a trout or two for tea or just relax in front of the open fire, Valasay has something special to offer everyone. This property has 1 Twin(s), 1 Full(s).

Size Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms
Nearest beach Bosta Beach 10 km
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 2 km
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, Video player, CD player, Telephone, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, 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 Shared garden
Access Parking

The Hebrides/Skye region

Fly to the Islands…

Flybe operated by Loganair operates flights 4 times daily, Monday to Saturday, to Stornoway from Glasgow, Edinburgh and Inverness. There is also a Sunday flight from Glasgow. There are also daily flights from Glasgow to Barra and Benbecula, from Monday to Saturday, with additional Sunday flights to Barra in the summer months. For details phone 0871 2007000 or check timetables and book online at www.flybe.com.

Sail to the Hebrides…

Car journeys for Summer 2013 are now available to book via www.calmac.co.uk

Caledonian MacBrayne runs car and passenger ferries to all the islands all year round: Ullapool to Stornoway (Lewis); Uig (Skye) to Tarbert (Harris) and Lochmaddy (North Uist); and Oban to Barra. Ferries also run between: Castlebay (Barra) to Lochboisdale (South Uist); Berneray (North Uist) to Leverburgh (Harris) and Eriskay (South Uist) to Barra. For all ferry journeys it is advisable to book vehicle space in advance, but this is not necessary for passengers. For ferry times and reservations contact: Caledonian MacBrayne on +44 (0)8705 650000 or try their Stornoway office on +44 (0)1851 702361. You can also check timetables and book online at www.calmac.co.uk. From October 2008, the cost of ferry travel to the Outer Hebrides has been slashed.

Isle of Lewis

Great Bernera is a very scenic island and the perfect location to indulge yourself in walking, fishing or birdwatching. At the north of the island there are the beautiful Bostadh Sands, where in 1996 archaeological excavations revealed the site of an Iron Age settlement.

Although the site has now almost been reclaimed by the sands, there is a nearby reconstruction where visitors can receive live interepretation by a member of our local historical society during the summer months.

Many of our guests are keen walkers and the Uig and Bernera District offer a variety of walking routes at all levels, including the coastal walk to Bosta which passes the house. Elsewhere in Bernera, other walks you can enjoy are to a Norse Mill or to an iron age Broch at Loch Baravat. For the more energetic, sea-kayaking can be enjoyed from the shore at the bottom of the drive, giving access over to Uig and the beautiful islands in between.

Both our properties are a forty minute drive from Stornoway and are ideally placed to explore the scenic and historical district of Uig and the major archaeological sites of the westside of Lewis including the world famous Standing Stones at Callanish, the Doune Carloway Iron Age Broch and the Lewis Blackhouses at Gearrannan and Arnol.

After you have explored the many attractions of Lewis and Harris, your accommodation offers the ideal place to relax in front of the open fire or witness the awe-inspiring sight of a Hebridean sunset over the Kyles of Valasay.

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11 Aug 2014

5/5

"Very comfortable house with great views"

Very nice, clean, well equipped and comfortable house with great views on the loch. Very friendly and helpful owner. Good starting point to visit Great Bernera and surroundings (Callanish stones, Bost… More

30 Jul 2014

4/5

"Simply something different"

25 Valasay cottage is tastefully furnished.It has one twin and one double bedroom as well as a spacious lounge and a well-equipped kitchen.It is very clear and has a wonderfull view on the sea.There a… More

16 Jul 2014

5/5

"Valasay Crofthouse is the tops!"

We toured Scotland for 6 weeks and stayed at 6 different self-catering establishments. Valasay was easily the best. Anne is such a caring proprietor - the right mix of helpful and hospitable, but not … More

8 Jul 2014

4/5

"moderne und gemütliche FW, sauber und gepflegt, gut und praktisch eingerichtet"

herzlicher Empfang, Wohnung sehr ausber und gepflegt, modern, gemütlich, praktisch eingerichtet, man fühlt sich sehr wohl, ausreichend Platz in jedem Zimmerund Bad, in der Küche fehlt es an nichts,… More

18 May 2014

5/5

"A great place to stay on beautiful Bernera and Lewis"

Valasay is a modern, well equipped and comfortable house on a croft in a beautiful and fairly central location, allowing you to explore the islands of Great Bernera and Lewis. One of the best walks is… More

13 Oct 2013

5/5

"A beautiful situaton to be at one with the glorious elements...."

We have enjoyed four days exploring only a tiny bit of Lewis, each day returning to a lovely warm and comfortable croft, excitingly situated on the edge of the Atlantic. A very well equipped kitchen a… More

13 Oct 2013

5/5

"Valasay, Isle of Lewis."

Upon arrival we were greeted by Anne who gave us a warm welcome and introduction to the Isle of Lewis and Bernera. She also baked an excellent banana cake. The house was very comfortable and was well… More

2 Oct 2013

5/5

"Stunning location and a warm welcome."

Valasay Crofthouse is lovely. The location is unique and beautiful, perched on a rocky hill above a finger of the sea, looking out to a wider bay and mountains beyond. The light is exquisite, the suns… More

1 Oct 2013

5/5

"Unusually beautiful spot & friendly people"

We stayed here for five days and loved it. Plenty of room for three people, lovely colors in the house, well equipped, and clean. Fabulous views of the unusual rocky landscape, sea visible from the wi… More

29 Jul 2013

5/5

"Home from home"

We received a warm welcome at the property on arrival and soon settled into the property. The children chose their beds and some mornings it was a struggle to get them up. They were so comfy and snug.… More

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