Shawbost holiday chalet accommodation with balcony/terrace, walking and TV and rural retreat

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Kabuis Self Catering Main House Apartment

Chalet / 2 bedrooms / sleeps 4 Home 136709

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Chalet / 2 bedrooms / sleeps 4

Key Info
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden

A newly built, tastefully furnished chalet-style cottage, boasting one twin and one double bedroom as well as a spacious lounge - stocked with interesting books - the magnificently fitted kitchen/dining room and a bathroom with all conveniences.

Ideal for, say, a young family, the cottage also boasts a decked, verandah area to the south and west where guests may particularly enjoy sitting of an evening before one of our celebrated local sunsets.

In both units linen and towels are provided and the price is, of course, inclusive of full central heating and gas-cooking; electricity in the chalet, being a separate building, is metered. The facilities are well maintained and the Macleod's "welcome package" for all new arrivals includes fresh flowers and fruit, with the choice of tea and coffee and a selection from the day's home baking.

Oh, and - yes - Rhoda and Neil are delighted to welcome children and dogs are also welcomed by arrangement with a extra fee being charged.

Only half an hour's drive from Stornoway, a little over an hour from Tarbert, and - for the adventurous - a half-hour drive from the Butt of Lewis lighthouse, at the north-western extremity of Europe.

Stornoway has all shops and amenities for the visitor and South Shawbost all the peace, beauty and serenity of an ancient crofting township, from the scent of evening peatsmoke to the song and flutter of the birds for which these unspoiled islands are renowned.

There's a lovely sandy beach within an easy walk of Kabuis, spectacular cliff scenery, and quiet lochs hoaching with brown trout.

There are frequent, beautiful Atlantic sunsets and we're right in the middle of the "West Side Heritage Trail", an easy tour taking in the most famous monuments on Lewis, from the Arnol Black House - vacated only in 1964 - to the ancient, most mysterious Standing Stones of Callanish.

Size Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms
Check in time: 16:00
Check out time: 10:00
Access Car advised
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Stornoway
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries DVD player, Sea view
General Central heating, TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine
Furniture Double beds (1), Single beds (2), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 8
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden
Access Secure parking, Suitable for people with restricted mobility, Wheelchair users
Further details indoors

Their Kabuis facilities are justly renowned for attention to detail - you'll marvel at the tasteful, contemporary décor, the high quality of fittings and finishes, the provision of every utensil, gadget, and comfort the Macleods could think of - and, of course, they are never far away if you need anything else.

In addition we have a Self Catering annexe, ideal for couples only, all can be seen on a virtual tour - at , check this availability calendar as well, if Chalet in booked. This also boast a 4 star grading.

Further details

The facilities are well maintained and the Macleod's "welcome package" for all new arrivals includes fresh flowers and fruit, with the choice of tea and coffee and a selection from the day's home baking.

The Hebrides region

It's not widely known, but the landmass of Lewis and Harris - different communities divided for centuries by a mountain barrier, and still dubbed different isles - is the biggest offshore island in Britain, bigger even than Skye, Mull, Islay, or that matter the Isle of Man or the Isle of Wight. Strongly coloured by its Viking inheritance - most of the placenames in Lewis are Norse; you'll actually find more Gaelic place names in Fife - Lewis was the strongholds of MacLeod chiefs and MacLeod is still the commonest surname in the island.

The scenery of Lewis is rolling, eerie but subtly beautiful, especially when the sun shines down on the brindled moors between scudding clouds. Though not as treeless as people think, the acres of empty, mysterious heath extend everywhere. There is some spectacular cliff scenery and, especially up Broad Bay and down the West Side from Ness to Uig, there are some gorgeous sandy beaches and, here and there - like Shawbost - stretches of sandy sward, machair, where the lime-rich soil bears millions of lovely flowers on the long, long summer days.

25 South Shawbost is ideally placed for wider afternoon or daytrips round the island or even to Harris in the south - there is now an excellent two-lane road to Tarbert, not much more than an hour away. Don't miss, especially, a ploy to Ness and the Butt of Lewis Lighthouse, or the splendid scenery of quiet, mountainous Uig.

There are famous local attractions near at hand - the Standing Stones of Callanish, and the Broch at Carloway - each has a visitor centre, open throughout the tourist season - and the restored Black House Village at Garenin, with a visitor-centre, working black house, and restaurant.

Not ten minutes drive to the north, do visit the Arnol Black House complex, and its adjoining visitor centre - this particular Black House was vacated by its family only in 1964, but some survived on Lewis, and even in Shawbost, into the 1980s. At Ballantrushal, there is a tall, faintly spooky Standing Stone whose origins and purpose are still obscure; a little further up the road, at Shader, is the Steinaclet steading, which predates even the Norsemen.

Stornoway is just half an hour or so from Shawbost and, as well as its famous natural harbour and a fascinating museum, boasts an excellent selection of shops as well as restaurants, galleries and exhibitions and all the amenities one would expect of the biggest town in the Hebrides and, indeed, anywhere on the west coast north of Fort William.

There are two large supermarkets - indeed, Stornoway's modern Co-op, opened in 1996 and enlarged a decade later, is their biggest in Scotland. Don't neglect traditional traders, though - Stornoway has several craftsman baking shops, and fresh fish and shellfish are easily had from excellent fishmongers. The town kippers and smoked mackerel are just praised, but probably the most famous delicacy is Stornoway black pudding, produced by several family butchers to traditional, jealously guarded recipes.

Don't leave the island, either, without buying some Harris Tweed - the traditional, homewoven island cloth of incredible wearing quality and subtle, rustic hues. To this day - and to win the coveted Orb mark that attests the fabric as Harris Tweed - it must be handwoven by islanders in their own homes, and tweed is still woven in Shawbost today.

There is an excellent local bus service, but please remember that virtually all local facilities are closed on Sundays and that the Lord's Day is still widely respected on our island and especially in Shawbost.


There have been people here in Shawbost almost as long as there have been people. The remains of ancient settlements have been unearthed at nearby Dalmore and shards of pottery from the Beaker Folk are still regularly unearthed along the shore and even in the local cemetery at Bragar.

The original Shawbost community lived hard by the beach, where the mounds of their tumbled homes can still be seen by the lane from South Shawbost. As they exhausted the nearby stocks of peat - their only fuel - the village moved progressively inland. New Shawbost, for instance, was laid out by Sir James Matheson only in 1850 and, a century later, a street of new houses was built up the hill at Grinnavat, South Shawbost.

Some traditional wells are still in use and are said to have healing powers; the remains of a circle of standing stones can be explored by Loch Raoinavat, as you leave South Shawbost, and - a much better known attraction - an ancient "Norse Mill" has been beautifully restored since the Second World War, and is clearly signposted near that same loch. This mill, and others, were still operating as recently as the 1930s.

In the late 1960s the then-headmaster led the pupils of Shawbost School in gathering artefacts for a splendid folk museum, housed for many years in the old Church of Scotland building; a selection of these are now on permanent display at The Old School Centre - Ionad Seann Sgoil - where you can also relax in the lovely atrium over a cup of tea, or explore the community garden.

This new community centre, the original village primary school, was renovated to the highest standard and opened in September 2005. Its facilities also include a fitness suite and the new Shawbost School - across the road and opened in 1993 - includes a swimming pool, which is open to the public; an especially welcome facility for visitors with young families.

Other Shawbost attractions include the lovely, curving beach with its clean silver sands - there is road access from either end; here, almost as soon as he could toddle, Rhoda's war-hero father, Angus Murray, learned his seamanship in a traditional open boat, fishing for lobsters with his uncle, Murchadh Mollan. In a relatively sheltered, horseshoe-shaped cove, it is a safe and pleasant beach for swimming.

All Shawbost is dominated by A' Bheinn Mhor, "The Mountain" - residents of a nearby township sweetly persist in calling it "Ben Bragar" - which is also readily approached by the old waterworks road out of New Shawbost. It's an easy climb and there are wonderful views to the Minch, the Eye Peninsula, west to the Flannan Isles and south to the hills of Uig and Harris.

For the still more active, fine surfing can be had at Dalmore beach - this is one of the most famous in Lewis, reached by a right-turn as you enter the village of Carloway. In certain conditions the thundering breakers at Dalmore can be heard at Shawbost itself. Almost as attractive is the smaller, more secluded bay at Dalbeag. Trout fishing is abundant on Lewis - and free in almost every instance; boat or game-fishing can be had by arrangement.

Local amenities include Shawbost Free Church, to which most villagers still adhere - there are services at 12 noon and 6 pm each Sunday, the morning service being usually bilingual and that at night in English. Shawbost Post Office sells a few very basic goods; there is a more substantial shop off the main road at South Bragar, and an excellent one at Barvas, the Welcome In Filling Station.

The whole locality is rich in wildlife - red-throated divers nest on Loch a Bhaile; skylarks trill and snipe flutter; through June and July, the corncrakes boom, and you might even see an otter.

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8 Sep 2014



Next time I visit Lewis, there's only one place I want to stay - Kabuis. The owners couldn't have been more thoughtful;absolutely everything you need is there. Even arriving on the late ferry, I was met by Rhoda with homemade cake and tea. A large bowl of fresh fruit was a lovely touch as well as the gorgeous fresh flowers. The chalet is fully equipped and roomy enough for 4 adults yet a solo traveller won't find it too big. Its location is brilliant- not too far from Stornoway, just off the main road and spot on for touring. There's a local beach within about 20 mins walk on quiet lanes which was perfect for my dog to race around on. For a single woman it was perfect, as it isn't isolated and the owners are at hand, but not obtrusive. I cannot imagine finding anywhere better - and I've stayed in some nice properties on the islands. Finally, it's excellent value for money.

It was great to read your review and better still to know that despite several visits to Lewis, that that Chalet for you has come up tops. You will be welcomed back to Shawbost any time of the year. Sincere thanks Rhoda & Neil

7 Sep 2014


"Lovely stay, we will be back!"

Loved the chalet and Lewis. Rhoda and Neil were great hosts, made us feel at home right away. Weather was great, a mix of everything except snow! Lots of things to see. We have already booked a return in April!

9 Oct 2013


"You won't be disappointed"

Rhoda & Neil have pulled out all the stops to make this as comfortable as you would possibly wish for and everything you would ever need is in the chalet they were both extremely friendly and would do there utmost to help in any way possible. The chalet is also situated in an excellent location in the centre of the east coast of Lewis, we were able to make it down to the bottom of Harris and took in lots of sights in the space of one day. So if your having a dilemma picking a holiday destination I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Kabuis chalet

7 Aug 2013


"A home from home without the hustle bustle"

We had a fantastic trip to Lewis with our two small children and were welcomed to Kabuis holiday Chalet by the lovely owners Rhoda and Neil who made us feel very welcome and spoiled us with home baking, fruit, flowers and some fresh salmon. The Chalet is a real home from home it is comfortable, welcoming with luxury bedding and towels and all the kitchen equipment you could imagine, it even has a washing machine (a bonus going home with no laundry!) We were blessed with great weather towards the end of our week, and could have been on a Caribbean island. I would thoroughly recommend this wee treasure of a chalet to anyone thinking of traveling to Lewis. My only regret is we didn't stay longer! Thanks too for returning the few small things we left behind

21 Apr 2013


"Wonderful location and welcome"

We received a wonderful welcome, with treats ready in the fridge. The location was excellent for our needs and Rhoda and Neil we welcoming and always ready to help. Would have not the slightest hesitation in returning or in recommending them to others.

Sincere thanks and we know you will be back, will look forward to your return. Lots of love Rhoda & Neil

19 Apr 2013


"Good chalet & value for money"

Generous&hospitable owners who made sure my stay was comforable & that I had all I needed. Inside Kabuis is well-appointed, clean and well-maintained, and for 395 pounds for the week I really couldn't have asked for better value. the chalet being more isolated would've been my preference, but the property ticked many boxes for me including wooden floorboards & not far from a scenic (small) patch of beach.

Blair arrived here, no car, after all he was visiting fom Australia, why come to the West Side of Lewis without a car, he did not drive, so he may have been best staying in Stornoway in a B & B, however this is what he chose.I went to the effort of taking him all around the scenic routes, Dalbeg Beach, Dalmore Beach, Black House Village, Broch at Dun Carloway, the village of Tolsta Chaolais, Invited him for lunch at Callanish Standing Stones, a walk around the Stones and then to Stornoway. He could never have done all this in one week by bus. I certainly went out of my way for Blair to enjoy Lewis Scenes and hospitality. I may add all at my expense, so just to get a good on Trip Advisor was not that great for us. The rest is great and that is not us going out of our way.

16 Apr 2013


"well worth a visit"

very warm welcome from rhoda and neil with a cup of tea and home made cake on arrival. lovely welcome pack in fridge of salmon. lovely 2 bedroom accomodation slept the 4 of us very comfortably and a well equiped kitchen with nice view out to the sea. quiet location is good for beaches and local tourist attractions . would definateley go back again

Our sincere thanks to you all for leaving the Chalet in pristine condition and pleased to note that you will be making a return visit. It was a pleasure to have dealt with you.

14 Apr 2013


"Our brilliant time on Lewis"

We were warmly welcomed to our accommodation by Rhoda with cakes and tea!! Brilliant. The accommodation was warm, comfortable and homely. When we booked with Rhoda the internet web page advertised the accom for 4 persons only; however, we asked Rhoda if she would accept a family of 5 (we have 3 small children) to which she replied yes and at no extra charge!!! We brought the air bed and she provided the linen. Everything about the Chalet was great, no expense spared on the furnishings. The Chalet is approximately a quarter of a mile from the shore which is absolulety gorgeous. We had many pleasant evening walks on the coast line, climbed the highest mountain on Lewis (Clisham), visited the Black House museum, visited the 'Butt of Lewis' which had a tremendous play park for the children, had fish and chips in Stornoway, this all was made brilliant by the fantastic weather we had. We left Lewis after having a tremendous time on the island and at Rhoda's Chalet. The biggest impression of all was the peace that we all experienced, the hustle and bustle of life was left far behind on the mainland. What a brilliant time we had at Rhoda's place and we will not forget the Salmon and fresh Cod which she provided!

It was a pleasure to have hosted this lovely young couple with 3 delightful friendly girls.

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