|Minimum Stay||4 - 7 nights|
Airebroc - a self-catering holiday home set in some of the most lovely scenery in the Western Isles
Looking out over the hills surrounding Uig Sands, Airebroc is a stone-built croft house at the edge of Uig Sands, one of the most beautiful beaches to be found in the Outer Hebrides. TripAdvisor reviews of Uig Sands say:
'This was one of the most beautiful areas I have ever seen. The beach is something else, but all of the surrounding areas are fabulous as well - the cliffs, the water, mountains. Truly amazing. '
'A huge golden beach, fringed by mysterious, dark mountains. '
'as remote as any place can as good'
The village of Crowlista is in a remote location and it is easy to feel you have ‘really got away from it all’. Nevertheless, there is an excellent shop for groceries a mile away at Timsgarry, and there is a community centre which hosts ceilidh dances and dinners at which visitors are warmly welcomed. It also houses a local history museum and a cafe which provides homemade soups and home-baked cakes throughout the day. There are also three other restaurants within 3 miles.
Airebroc has lots of comfortable sofas where you can enjoy the view, or relax and unwind in front of the fire after a day on the beach or walking in the hills. It is furnished in a traditional style retaining the old wood-panelled walls, and an open fire and morso squirrel stove, whilst also providing all modern comforts, with ensuite bathrooms and plenty of hot water from a newly installed central heating system.
• Kitchen fully equipped with Britannia range cooker (gas hob, 2 electric ovens), microwave, fridge freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, and dining table that seats 8
• Living Room with traditional open fireplace, Freeview TV and DVD/Bluray player, HiFi with Ipod dock, 3 sofas to seat 8
• Study with piano, games cupboard, Morso Squirrel stove, and desk overlooking bay with large screen chromebox for internet browsing available for visitors
• Sun Room seating for 8, with stunning views of the bay and beach. Light, warm, peaceful - ideal for reading, talking, relaxing
• Single bedroom (with WC and basin next door)
• WC and hand basin next to bedroom
• entrance lobby with coat and boot storage area
• Front double bedroom with ensuite basin, corner bath and WC. Views east to Uig Sands, Uig Lodge, Suainaval and other mountains.
• Front double bedroom (with additional single bed) with ensuite basin and WC. Views to Forsnaval and Traighe nan Sruba (Cockle Bay)
• Back double bedroom (with additional single bed), next to main bathroom. Some of the best views in the house: the Atlantic, and the Uig mountains.
• Family bathroom with bath/shower, basin and WC.
• Britannia Range Cooker with gas hob and 2 electric ovens
• microwave, fridge and freezer, kettle, toaster
• full supply of crockery, cutlery and glasses, the kitchen is well equipped with utensils, blenders etc.
• new A* efficient oil-fired central heating and ample hotwater supply
• TV with freeview channels, Blue Ray DVD player
• wi-fi / broadband works throughout the house and EE and T-mobile have good reception
• radio with CD player and sound system
• bed linen, towels and soap provided
• Cot and high chair available
• Local maps, guide and history books
• Weber Barbecue
In front of the house there is a terrace where the barbeque can be used, and two large flower beds, and a lawn, with two stone lintel seats and a bench overlooking the bay. From the lawn a grassy path leads down to front gate, from where it is only a 200m walk to the beach.
At the back of the house, the kitchen looks across to the meadows behind the house out on to the Atlantic, and to the byre which used to house the cattle and sheep kept on the croft, but which has now been modernised. There is a gravel drive, and plenty of parking space on the drive and next to the road.
Walking - fabulous views from local mountains, huge Uig Sands in front of house to explore, dramatic coastal walk behind the house to lochs and iron age settlement remains,
Swimming - in the sea, or under the bridge on far side of bay at low tide - can be quite warm in summer.
Fishing- trout fishing in local lochs is free. Stornoway angling societies provide lessons.
Birdwatching – gannets, fulmars, sea eagles, and migrating waders on the beach
Sailing - slipways at Miabhaig and Valtos to explore the extensive sheltered waters of Loch Roag
Boat trips - Seatrek, based at Miabhaig for day trips to offshore islands such as Pabbay and Scarp, and further to St Kilda
Kite surfing and kite buggying on Uig Sands
Restaurants - Auberge Carnish, The Old School House, Baille na Cille Hotel
Whisky distillery at Ardroil
Erista museum and cafe – a mile away, providing excellent lunches, homemade soup and cakes
No pets allowed.
What is included in your stay
electricity and oil
coal for open fire and Morso Squirrel stove, kindling and peat
soap and towels
kitchen and bathroom staple supplies
broadband internet access
Rates: £590 to £990 per week depending on season and number of guests.
Suitable for 7 people (can sleep 10 if additional single beds and sofabed used for additional charge of £6per person per night)
Children are welcome.
No smoking. Sorry, no pets.
Off street parking.
Flights to Stornoway
The nearest airport is just outside Stornoway, about an hour's drive from Crowlista. Several airlines offer routes from the Scottish mainland to Stornoway Airport:
Flybe recently started providing connection flights through to Stornoway from Gatwick, taking about 3 / 4 hours in all.
British Airways fly between Stornoway and Glasgow, Inverness and Edinburgh
Easyjet fly from Luton and Gatwick to Inverness, flights are generally cheap and arrive in time to either connect with Flybe flight to Stornoway or get the bus from Inverness to catch the afternoon ferry from Ullapool to Stornoway, from where one can pick up a hired car.
Caledonian MacBrayne (phone 0800 066 5000) run two ferry routes to the Scottish mainland, from Stornoway (Lewis) to Ullapool and from Tarbert (Harris) to Uig (Skye)
'We really felt we had escaped to another world when we got to this house.'
'The views were stunning, and walking out onto the beach facing all those mountains was unforgettable'.
'Airebroc is a very special place, and it was hard to leave.'
Special interest holidays:
Birdwatching. The owners are not birdwatchers, but they think there are probably superb birdwatching opportunities. There was a concrake in the garden last year, and in the bay immediately in front of the house, and in the surrounding moor and coastline at the back you can regularly see snipe, lapwings, golden plover, red and black throated divers, greenshanks, great northern diver (once), redwings, ravens playing in the updraught around the neighbour's house, peregrines and many more. It's not unusual to see eagles when walking in the hills to the south.
The Uig Sands in front of the house extend for a square mile, and rarely have more than a dozen people on them even on Bank Holidays. Children can swim in the safe clear water pools around the bridge which crosses the Bruton stream on the sands, and in the bay in front of the house when the tide is in. Within 5 miles of the house there are the beaches of Reef and Cliff on the Valtos peninsula, and also the dramatic rocky coastline and beaches of Mangersta and Mealista.
The nearest airport is Stornoway, 45 miles away by car. Flights go to Inverness, Glasgow and Edinburgh direct. Caledonian Macbrayne run car ferries twice a day from Ullapool to Stornoway and from Uig (Skye) to Tarbert.
The nearest village Erista is 1 mile away and has a community centre, museum, cafe and shop. Miabhaig harbour is 2 miles away, from which Seatrek runs boat trips to the islands. The Valtos peninsula with its beautiful beaches and archaeological sites is 3 miles away. The Callanish stone circle and the restored iron age house on Bosta beach are each 20 miles away, and 25 miles away are the iron age tower of Carloway Broch, and the restored black houses of Garenin and Arnol.
The local shop carries a surprisingly wide range of luxury groceries, including fresh bread and cakes, local produce and fish and meat. There are 3 restaurants within 5 miles: Gallan Head at Aird provides lunch and dinner; the Old School House at Loch Chroistean provides lunch and regular social ceilidh suppers; the hotel Baille na Cille 5 minutes walk across the sand can take outside guests for dinner if prebooked, and the community centre does soup lunches and teas. The shop acts as bank and post office.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable damage deposit||$185|
Arrivals and departures
The house will be ready for you from 4 pm, and the property must be vacated by 10 am on the day of departure to allow time for preparing the house for the next party. The keys to the house will be left on the kitchen table.
Please leave the house clean and tidy on departure. We reserve the right to make a charge for extra cleaning if this proves necessary.
No pets are allowed in the house.
No smoking is allowed inside the house.
If anything has been damaged or needs replacing, please inform us by phone or email or leave a note on the kitchen table prior to departure. Damage and losses will be charged.
Vehicles/ Personal Property
Clients are recommended to take out holiday insurance to cover loss or damage to personal effects as well as cancellation and curtailment insurance. Vehicles, accessories and contents are left at their owners risk. The proprietors will not be responsible for any loss or damage or any injury to persons not caused through the fault of the proprietor. To minimise the cost and inconvenience of cancelled bookings we would strongly advise you to take out holiday insurance.
You must allow us, or our representative, access to the house at any reasonable time during your stay (eg to read meter, reset fuses etc).
Restriction on rental
We reserve the right to remove person or persons from the property due to unreasonable behaviour, damage to the property or exceeding the stated occupancy. In this case refund will be at the discretion of the owners.
If for any reason due to circumstances outside our control (eg fire, theft or damage), the cottage is not available, we will make every effort to inform you as soon as practicable, and fully refund the money you have paid us. You will have no further claim against us.
We cannot be held responsible for the failure of public services (water & electricity), disturbance or closure of amenities which is beyond our control.