29 December 2012 – 05 January 2013
Mark & Sarah Newell, with Smudge the dog, Roslin, Midlothian
Sarah: What a great place to spend New Year. Endless beach walks with shells (and skulls!), to the Hen Harriers right outside the cottage windows, it's been a fantastic week. Next visit will have to involve hills, but this time we did manage Beinn Sciathan in Eriskay. The cottage has the been perfect refuge once darkness descends ... and for breakfasts watching Whooper Swans, Peregrine Falcons, Harriers – all through the cottage windows. And one minute into the New Year [outside in the garden] we disturbed a Lapwing. […] at Loch Roig there were five otters in view at the same time! Mark: A fabulous week, and we will be very sad to leave and head back to 'civilization'. We wish every day could be spent bird-watching from the kitchen window, followed by walks on the beach and long nights drinking whisky by the fire. Highlights for me have been: watching fireworks and flares in the New Year sky ; finding a dolphin's skull on the beach ; watching Hen Harriers hunting ; otters – five at once! ; climbing the hill in Eriskay. We will be back – hopefully permanently. Thanks for a wonderful stay in a really lovely cottage.[Mark listed of 66 species of bird spotted during the week]
– 28 December, Christmas 2012
Stephen & Morag Wilye, with Ceilidh and MacDuff the Boxers, Murthly, Perthshire
Weather was […] except for one day when myself and the two boxers climbed Beinn Mhor, Beinn Choradail and Hecla [Wow!!]. Oh my God - the views were fantastic and what superb mountains they are! The only low point was crossing the mash, bog, heather moor -it was hell! And it was dark! Hubbie Steve was waiting with the car to take me back to our lovely home for the week. We had Christmas lunch at the Dark Island Hotel, Benbecula (superb food and service) and we had a wee drive around North Uist : a great way to spend Christmas Day. In rain and wind we walked miles along the South Uist beaches and I have to say it has been one of the best holdiays ever! Thanks to 8 Askernish and lovely South Uist. But next time we'll visit in the summer. Cheers, and all the best for 2013
– 10 November 2012
Craig, Danielle and Charlotte Marsden, with Abby the dog, Leuchars, Fife
We had another great stay, enjoyed the walks on the beach. Saw some great sights, including a Golden Eagle. Once again, a great cottage. The dog loved the fire!!
-20 October 2012
Alan Jones, with Ellie the Springer Spaniel, London
Had a fantastic time. Weather was wonderful – only had one really wet day. We really enjoyed ourselves with lots of long walks. Cottage was great – as usual. Got some great photos. Saw Golden Eagles and Otters as well as many wading birds. No Sea Eagles this time, though.
September – 06 October 2012
Wendy & Andy Townson, Wendy's Dad and Rosie and Dinkey the dogs, Lancashire
We've had a lovely two weeks. We've seen lots of wonderful wildlife – starting with seals on the shore at Askernish golf course. […] We also saw deer on the road just outside Lochmaddy. One morning, about 3am, we were woken up by a stag roaring right by the cottage – Amazing. We can recommend the Borrisdale Inn and the Loichboisdale Hotel for food and friendliness. The Kildonan cafe provides lovely home-made soups and pots of tea [also cakes and meals] ; and the adjoining museum is well worth a visit. The chip shop (Burnside) at Daliburgh is fantastic, but [outside main holiday season] is only open Fridays and Saturdays, 4pm – 8pm. We've had some cosy log fires courtesy of good dry logs from Denise, who also provided us with splendid hens' eggs. I've also started knitting, with wool and pins also from Denise, at her Hebridean Woolshed. The weather has been mostly sunny with intermittent showers and a blustry wind. The Askernish weather station website has been a real boon [http://www.southuist-weather.info] […]. All in all a lovely holiday, a cosy and exceedingly clean cottage. We'll be back next year! Many thanks, Denise [& Jonathan]!
– 08 September 2012
Colin Penny and Peter Johnson, Balerno nr Edinburgh
Had a good week fishing for sea trout on estate lochs. We dined well on fresh sea-trout most nights, but we also had a good meal at the Polochar Inn. Weather very mixed, with some days too storm to fish from boats, but as ever really changeable. Ideal cottage and great location for our fishing holiday. No doubt we will be back.
August – 01 September 2012
Sibille Linzen and Else Jettinghof, The Netherlands
It was lovely to be on South Uist again. We had all kinds of weather in our fortnight here, and enjoyed them all. We saw lots of wildlife: basking sharks on the ferry from Oban, seals from the beach behind the golf course, dolphins and porpoises from the beach to the south of there, and two eagles were spotted through the sitting room windows! Every evening we enjoyed the views out of the kitchen windows, with the sunset and great flocks of birds. The cottage is very comfortable and done with love and care. Thank you very much Denise and Jonathan, not least for repairing the gate. I'm sure we will be back!
– 10 August 2012
Emmeline and Rupert King-Evans,London
We had a perfect week herre on the islands. The cottage is immaculate, wildlife abundant and the weather perfect too! Of particular note were the beaches of Berneray, sea-kayaking at Lochmaddy (with Basking Sharks below us and Sea Eagles overhead!) and the Short-eared owls of Benbecula. Thank you so much and hopefully we'll see you again.
July – 04 August 2012
David, Sharon, and Jim Tagger, Stockport Cheshire
An excellent week with almost perfect weather – one of our very best visits to Uist. The cottage is lovely and we particularly enjoyed walking over the Machair. Many thanks!
– 28 July 2012
Sarah Christie and Family, Glasgow
Great holiday, lovely house – thank you!
– 14 June 2012
Sue, Steve and Philip Chapman: Backwell, near Bristol.
Lovely, spotlessly clean cottage, and what a fabulous locatioin! We consistently enjoyed sitting in the kitchn watching the sun set over the machair while eating dinner. I also took the opportunity to take some early morning and evening walks to the stunning local beach, and take in the local wildlife, including quartering Hen Harriers, Short-eared owls, the highly volcal breeding Oysterchatchers, and vigilante sheep. All the little roads [towards the east side of the island] and remote sea lochs are really worth exploring at leisure. Loch Aineort in particular offers a gorgeous walk with views of the encircling mountains and the deep blue water of the loch winding its way around isolated rocky headlands. We saw Otters, Red-throated Divers, and numerous seals. Lastly, the RSPB Bird of Prey walk on Benbecula is well worthwhile. Two hours with a knowledgeable local guide, and the chance to meet a few like-minded folk over great views of Black-throated Divers! Shame we haven't seen any eagles this week : in my experience they are very elusive. Thanks for a terrific stay.
June – 07 July 2012
Sue and Dave Sutherland, Edinburgh
Sue: Lovely cottage – very comfortable. Mixed weather but a couple of warm days, when we swam in the sea in Eriskay. Lots of great beach walks with the dogs, eg Berneray and North Uist [100m round trip when there are wonderful beaches just a few minutes away?] A very challenging game of golf at Askernish course! Dave: Golf course great, but flies a problem [This week was exceptionally warm and still, resulting in high humidity and the worst flies we can recall!]
– 23 June 2012
Joe, Lauraine Elay, Lanark-shire
Fantastic holiday in a lovely cosy cottage in a really great location. Enjoyed seeing the wildlife from the kitchen windows. Lovely beaches in Eriskay and in the north west of North Uist (latter sign-posted as picnic area. [That'll be Hosta, but why go so far – there's fabulous beaches a fraction of that distance!] Had some nice meals at the Borrisdale Hotel
– 16 June 2012
Dave & Christine Jones, Liverpool
Lovely, comfortable cottage in a great location. Enjoyed watching the greylag geese with their young pottering about outside the cottage. Had good meals at Polochar Inn, Lochboisdale Hotel, and Borrodale Hotel. Enjoyed RSPB's Birds of Prey walk in Benbecula – worth going even if you don't see much in the way of the aforesaid birds of prey! Weather has been fine and dry all week, with some sunny days, but not warm – in fact quite windy. PS: More hanging space would be great. [2013 guests will hopefully find this topic is now closed! - D&J]
– 09 June 2012
Carol & Alice Halliwell, London
Again a lovely holiday with blessed weather. Long walks and great bird watching – including from the kitchen windows. Comfy cottage but back twin room a little cold when the north wind blows. [No it's not draughty, but does have three external walls. If it's cold, put the heater on! ] Enjoyed a trip to the Monach Isles and an RSPB wildlife walk from Langass Lodge. Don't recommend Temple View Hotel [at Carnish] North Uist: poor food and grumpy service. Polochar Inn and Borrodale Hotel [back in South Uist] both good food
May – 02 June 2012
Alan & Claudia, Ampthill, Bedfordshire
We would like to echo the previous positive comments but can't comment on the heating as we have been blessed with warm sunny weather [throughout the week]. We found the place lovely and spacious, and more so than we expected from the website – it is a Tardis! Two things would make it even better: some provision for clothes hanging in the bedrooms […] and a shelf in the bathroom. [We agree – both now on to do list – D&J] This has been a great place to stay after a week of touring [before] getting here. We did get moving again for a day out in Barra. [We recommend] using the buses to get around - and save the cost of using the car – there is plenty of parking at Eriskay slipway.(If you do take the car you need to book). The beach airport has a good cafe [where you can watch all the airport operations at close quarters] - a revelation for those used to larger airports where everything is hidden from view … We might have taken the flight up to Benbecula and back if the cloud had lifted – presumably it flies over Askernish. Picking up fish and chips from Burnside on the way home rounded the day off perfectly. (For those like us not familiar with the term 'fish supper' – it means fish with chips.) All in all a great place to come to.
– 26 May 2012
John and Maureen Kane, Dumbarton
We enjoyed our stay here at 8 Askernish. We've stayed at many self-catering cottages over the years and this is the best we have stayed in! We recommend the Polochar Inn for meals – if eating out. The cottage is spotlessly clean, cosy and with every comfort you could need.
– 19 May 2012
[…] Great cottage – and I've been in lots! […] Slept well despite the crashing silence (a city boy I am!). Had a wonderful week. Dramatic weather, cold and windy at times, but great for photography.
– 12 May 2012
Magge & Richard, with Peedie & Bramble the dogs
An immaculately clean cottage – 10/10 . Weather bright and fair but bitterly cold in the NNE winds – no rain to speak of. Lovely and warm inside, however! Lots of groatie buckies on the beautiful beaches, so Maggie was happy, and Bramble the black Lab enjoyed the hill walking. Lots of wildlife – though no otters, alas – but golden eagles and other birds of prey. […].
April – 05 May 2012
Helen & Neil Mason and Rich Barlow, Stoke on Trent
A beautiful cottage in a lovely location, very welcoming and homely. As previous guests have loved sitting in the kitchen as it is so bright and sunny – and lovely to see the lambs and the wildlife [just outside]. On Tuesday we completed a walk shown in the Heb magazine: Monty Halls' walk in North Uist [Reference to TV Series Monty Halls' Hebridean Adventure] [...] taking in Machair, sand flats, dunes and beaches that took our breath away. The hot sunny day made it all the more special. We have always wanted to see an otter and was lucky to do so – also two seals – on a walk to Flodaigh. We also saw a golden eagle – what a sight! From Berneray […] to Vatersay […] and all in between, these scenic and wonderful islands exceeded our expectations.
– 28 April 2012
Lisa & en Rolfe , with Jarno the dog,
The cottage was lovely in a beautiful setting. We loved sitting in the kitchen with the sun streaming through the windows with the new lambs [just beyond the garden fence] providing entertainment. We had excellent weather although the wind was a bit fresh at times. We saw a total of 66 species of birds, lots of seals, deer, rabbits, and an otter. The fish and chip shop [at Daliburgh] - 9 out of 10. The Polochar Inn was excellent for dinner. If you are looking for fresh fish and shellfish, we would recommend Kallin Shellfish in Grimsay: on three separate days we had a ready-cooked lobster, giant crab claws and scallops. To die for – and well worth the cost of champagne to go with them! Although we have visited and also lived on mainland Scotland, we hadn't ventured to the Hebrides [before now]. What a wonderful place these island truly are. We loved it here!
– 14 April 2012
Nicky, Scott and Molly Young , Lockerbie
Scott: We had the most relaxing time in this wonderful island, so much to do and see. We have been very lucky for weather, with only Saturday and Sunday morning a bit of a 'lost day' as the locals say. The rest of the time it has been beautiful.
Molly (8yrs old): I loved it here and I sleep like a log. I have a great time on the beach with Pip, Mum and Dad.
Nicky: Lovely to be back on South Uist and also at this comfy cottage! The island has a magic about it that is hard to describe, but needless to say I shall be going back home relaxed and having thoroughly enjoyed my time here again. The weather has been kind to us and we have all enjoyed walks along the beach, travelling across to Barra for the day, and wildlife watching. We look forward to returning again next year.
March – 07 April 2012
Jackie &Jim, Kilbarchan, with Catherine and Robert, Elderslie
A very warm and comfortable cottage. The weather was mixed but that did not stop us enjoying long walks along the beautiful beaches. On Sunday we made a cloudy but successful climb up Beinn Mhor [not easy!]. Also visited lovely Eriskay, Barra and Benbecula.
– 31 March
Janet & Neil, Manchester
Great cottage, wonderful golf course – fabulous island. Hope to come back when the [wild] flowers are in bloom. [A cold early spring delayed flowering]
– 17 March 2012
Jon, Niki and Beth (with Kim and Monty the dogs), Driffield, East Yorkshire
We have had a wonderful time here. The dogs have had lots of walks on the beach and the views from the windows here are amazing. Very cosy cottage!
– 17 March 2012
Carys & Andrew, Lonon
We enjoyed a wonderful relaxing stay in this comfortable, and scrupulously clean cottage. Thanks very much!
– 29 January 2012
Len & Marion with Tara the Labrador, Isle of Lewis
Super cottage, views fantastic, weather atrocious [though] we did see the sun! We really enjoyed our stay and as we were delayed by ferry cancellation Denise and Jonathan kindly let us stay an extra day. [We made a full tour of Uist] plus Barra, and had a really nice break. Yes we will be back – when the golf course has dried out.
December 2011 - 11 January 2012
Heather & Brook Philips, Leominster
The crossing from Oban was ‘interesting’ enough but the day after all ferries were cancelled. However to arrive at this wonderful cottage made all the effort worthwhile. The weather in early January is very changeable, but we did see the sun twice during our stay. [December and early January brought some of the worst weather the islands have seen for many years.] However we saw everything else we wanted to see except otters. We’ll come back again in summer.
- 29 October 2011
Alan Jones, Mill Hill, London
Back for a second visit. Weather was very changeable. I had a great time and wanted for nothing. I spent my time walking the beaches and around the local area. The footpath at the end of the road at N Loch Aineort is well worth exploring - the path is well maintained and is a great spot for seeing golden and white-tailed eagles as well as seals and otters. Also walked up Ruabhal in Benbecula for a fantastic 360deg view: it was a little boggy in a few spots but I got up and back in an afternoon, even with stopping to take many photos. Look forward to returning. Already depressed at the thought of return to London.
September - 01 October 2011 -
John & Sophia, Cambridgeshire.
Had a great time and look forward to coming back.
- 24 September 2011
Vivian MacDonald, Ontario, Canada
It’s wonderful to be back at ‘my’ crofter’s cottage. It’s as splendid as ever, feeling very much like home. Several weather changes each day, all beautiful: rain or sun, clear or cloudy, windy or calm. My heart sings!
- 17 September 2011
Joan & Malcolm Allen, London
The week started with gales, but by Wednesday the sunshine had arrived and it got better. We had a good week at this very cosy cottage - an ideal retreat. Made the most of the peace, reading and listening to the radio. Tended to go out for lunch and cook simple meals in the kitchen / bird hide. Hen harriers frequent visitors around the cottage. Good walks on beach at golf course. Went up to N Uist on one of the grey days but manage to see Golden Eagles not far from the RSPB reserve at Balranald. On visit to Loch Druidibeg Jane disappeared into a bog and it was difficult to get her out! Recommend Bornais: park near church and walk to headland: we saw otter, short-eared owls, curlew, seals and much more. Eriskay worth a visit - nice walk on both beach and up on the hill. The Big Garden for eggs, and whilst there the Hebridean Woolshed for lovely wools. All in all a very relaxing week, and determined to come again, probably in May/June for the flowers and breeding birds.
- 10 September 2011
Trish Masterton, Leslie, Fife
A week of mixed weather, both sunshine and strong winds, but little rain. Had a glorious day in Barra and Vatersay, but I don’t recommend Barra golf course. Askernish, on the other hand, is a beautiful course although not well sign-posted between green and tee- beware of losing your way on the 11th! A visit to Balranald RSPB reserve on North Uist is well worthwhile, as is Loch Druidibeag and Loch Sgioport.
August - 03 September 2011
Chris Inglefield, Bieldside, Aberdeen
A week of strong winds which hampered fishing a bit but did keep the midges away! A couple of close fly-pasts by hen harriers, male and femail. On Eriskay one evening, watched three pilot whales basking in a shallow bay. Golden Eagles seen Hecla and in Eriskay.
- 27 August 2011
Pat & John Carter, Buxworth, Derbyshire:
Lovely holiday, great weather.
- 20 August 2011
Nicola & David Keynes, Dorchester, Dorset
e have both very much enjoyed our stay in this lovely cottage. The weather has been changeable all week but we have been out and about every day except today (friday) when it has been too wet and windy. So we lit the fire and watched DVDs all afternoon. Restful! We have cooked dinner in the cottage every evening except one when we went to the Pollochar Inn. Afternoon tea at the Kildonan Museum cafe was superb. We are going to to miss the peace and quiet of South Uist!
- 13 August 2011
Steve, Jackie & Sophie, Petercutter, Aberdeen
A really enjoyable stay in a comfortable cosy cottage. We slept like logs every night! Enjoyed beaches - especially Princes Beach in Eriskay, the beach at Hosta in North Uist and the fantastic beaches in Berneray. Lovely lunch at Hebridean Jewellery and wonderful smoked salmon from Hebridean Smokehouse in North Uist and at Loch Carnan. Very good coffee and cakes at Claddach Kirkibost cafe, North Uist. Amazing wildlife: seals in Eriskay and Berneray, Golden Eagle on Beinn Mhor, White-tailed Sea Eagle flying past and stopping outside the kitchen window!!!
July - 06 August 2011
Wilson Family, Uttoxeter, Staffordshire
Had a lovely week here. Enjoyed walking on the beaches in all weathers. Spotted dolphins by the Polochar Inn. Laura (11) and Holly (9) enjoyed a day at Princes Beach, Eriskay - ideal for swimming.
- 30 July 2011
Alan & Lisa, Peterlee, Co Durham
Had a lovely week in the cottage: everything you need and very clean. Like previous comments I would definitely take a walk along the beach, and also take a drive up to Loch Druidibeag and Loch Sgioport, where the wildlife and scenery are fantastic. Also a must are the eggs from Denise at The Big Garden - they were amazing.
- 24 July 2010
Sarah, Paul and Joan Grimsby and Stoke on Trent
Had a fab time, weather great. Brill trip to Barra with the bikes, definitely cheapest way to go. Beware the walk up Hecla: do not follow the sign post and path round to the bay otherwise you are in for a long wet walk, although the views were amazing. Saw eages at Loch Druidibeg, loads of seals, golden plover, corncrake (at dusk on the golf course), deer and a black rabbit. Highley recommend walking or biking down to the Askernish beach and then south towards Poll a Charra and then towards Eriskay. Amazing beaches! We even saw the plan land at Barra: how does it do that! We all wish we could have a go: we’ll have to make do with landing at Benbecula.
- 17 July 2010
Julie Milton, Hythe, Kent
eally comfortable cottate. Fantastic week of walking, cycling, and touring the islands. Particularly enjoyed the beautifyl beach at the end of the Askernish road, views from the walk around Langass Loch (N Uist), sea eagles at Eriskay causeway, and fabulous scorching day in Barra. Will definitely return!
- 09 July 2011
Joan & John MacIver, Fearn, nr Tain, Ross-shire
Mixed weather. Lovely cottage. Great beaches and lots of music. [They must have been to the Ceolas festival!
June - 02 July 2011
Charles Jenkins, Holywell, Clwyd
Beware the vigilante ponies on the B890 to Loch Sgioport. They may only come up to your hub caps, but they are dangerous bandits! Decoy ponies lie or stand in the middle of the road until you stop and open the window ... then the pirate ponies emerge form the heather, stick their heads into the car and eat anything in sight!!! It was my misfortune to be sucking a polo when we were accosted int his manner. I will spare you the details of the french kiss that followed. Needless to say I lost my polo ... and now carry a bottle of Listerine in the glove box. All other elements of the holiday were a great success!
- 25 June 2011
Ray and Julie, Cumbria
Lovely stay at the cottage, adn enjoyed six days of sunshine. Birdwatcing, cycling and walking. We saw a Golden Eagle, White-tailed (sea) Eagle, Hen Harrier, Short-eared owls and conrcrakes. A birdwatcher’s paradise!
- 18 June 2011
Kay and Clive Mills-Hicks, Leeds
Enjoyed five days of sunshine - couldn’t believe our luck! Had an excellent time cycling and walking. Cottage is in perfect location. We will miss the cuckoo, the otter and birds - all right by the cottage. On to Barra now …
- 11 June 2011
Kevin Paul, Dursley, Gloucsestershire
Best cottage we have ever stayed in! Fantastic views, wide open skies, and amazing bird life.
May - 03 June 2011
Jonathan & Jill Wilson, Penrith
What an enjoyabe and relaxing time we have had here this week! We have experienced a variety of weather - all at the same time! We had two excellent meals at Polochar Inn, and we would highly recommend the eggs from The Big Garden. Thank you for a fantastic stay!
- 28 May 2011
Yelland Family, Exeter, Devon
What a week!!! Gales, rain - every day! Not the best of conditions to explore the islands but the dogs had lots of galloping on the beaches every day. Thank goodness for such a lovely warm and comfortable cottage to come back to! Many thanks Denise and Jonathan for providing such a lovely cottage - and for sorting out the electrical snags!
- 21 May 2011
Andrew & Mary Schofield, Milnthorpe, Cumbria
Sunshine and showers until today, when the proper weather arrived [and they don’t mean sunshine!]. Lots of exciting places to discover and wildlife to see. A very comfortable cottage - thank goodness. Next stop Harris and Lewis: weather forecast is not good. [May is usually the most reliable month of the year for glorious weather, May 2011 was an exception determined to prove the rule. The worst May in living memory in fact, with weather so persistently bad that our croft and garden suffered lasting damage and we had less to eat through the following winter. Jonathan]
- 14 May 2011
Alison & Pete Wilkins, Coventry
We too have had a lovely week. The weather has been mixed, with persistent strong winds ... and getting stronger by the day. We have had some lovely waks and seen lots of wildlife: geese, short-eared owls, curlew, snipe, grouse, deer etc. Lots of seals in the sea beyond Askernish golf course, and in Loch Aineort. The sheep and lambs were moved from the machair to the land around No 8, and it has been lovely to watch them from all windows. A cosy homely cottage. Thank you!
April - 07 May 2011
Kirsty and Alan, Edinburgh
We’ve had a lovely week here in the Western Isles. Amazing weather for most of the week and a couple of days overcast at the end were an excuse to relax and enjoy the peace and comfort of the cottage. We went to some lovely beaches in Eriskay (our baby boy had his first paddle at Prince’s Beach) and at Clachan in North Uist. We had lots of good food: we’d certainly recommend the salmon from the smokehouse on Loch Carnan, and lamb chops from The Big Garden. The cottage was very clean and well-equipped. We hope to come back some cay when Lewis is a bit older so we can do some more walking and explore more easily. Although wildlife-spotting isn’t as easy with a wee baby, we saw a short-eared owl and three deer outside the kitchen window!
- 30 April 2011
Evans Family, Evesham
This is our first time in the Western Isles and this clean, bright and cosy cottage made a lovely welcome. The weather has been fantastic, and we’ve enjoyed walks along the beaches, especially in Eriskay which is beautiful, and where friendly semi-wild ponies roam freel. The Kildonan Museum was a good visit. We didn’t use the cafe there, but did try many others, and would certainly recommend the Kirkibost Centre in North Uist. Others have recommended, them, but we had bad experiences at Am Politician in Eriskay and at the Oransay Inn. [Unfortunately the Evans don’t tell us what happened!] Our meals at the Polochar Inn were very good, though. The children enjoyed seeing all the wildlife (as did we!) especially the new-born lambs, calves and foals that are around at the moment. We didn’t see any otters or seals, sadly, but did see many birds, including birds of prey. All in all a lovely break, and at a lovely cottage.
- 23 April 2011
Edward & Sharon North, Wolverhampton
Nice cottage - and very cosy with the wood-burning going! We have really enjoyed our stay in the Outer Hebrides and would definitely like to return. The weather has been very good with at least three full days of sun, so we’ve been able to take some beautiful pictures. We’ve visited Harris, (gorgeous beaches) and Lewis on the ferry from Berneray. Barra was lovely with white sandy beaches there on the west coast and at Vatersay. We found a nice walk at Loch Skipport as recommended by a local crofter. Lovely white-sand beaches in Eriskay too. We bought some jewellery from Hebridean Jewellery in Iochdar: they have a nice coffee shop there, too. We had two good meals at the Polochar Inn. Fantastic eggs from The Big Garden. The dogs absolutely loved the walks. Very sad to leave!
- 16 April 2011
The Young Family, Lockerbie
We have enjoyed the most wonderful time here in South Uist. The weather has been very kind and we have taken some tremendous photos to take home with us. The wildlife has been amazing and so easy to see. Thank you Denise for your hospitality: the cottage is a credit to you both. We have stayed in many places over the years and this is by far the nicest. We can recommend Denise’s lovely lemon curd and other jams. This is our first visit to Uist and it certainly won’t be our last. Our little Jack Russel has found the walks, beach and rabbit so much fun!
- 09 April 2011
Shona Grant and Audrey Robertson, Dyce, Aberdeen-shire
Another lovely stay in this cosy cottage. Weather not so great but still managed lots of walks with the dog.
March - 02 April 2011
John Roe, Cambridgeshire
The cottage is lovely and homely. We will be back!
- 28 January 2011
Sale Family, Bolton
Jonathan: One word describes this holiday - Salmon! You have just got to go to the salmon smokehouse [at Loch Carnan]. Suzanne: A lovely cottage in a beautiful location. Enjoyed the family time we have spent here - walking and playing games - with no distractions. Unfortunately the weather has not been good and we didn’t see much wildlife. Would love to come back in summer!
December - 03 January 2011
Jane and Martin, Edinburgh
We’ve had a lovely stay, thank you very much and it has been a perfect Christmas break.
- 30 October 2010
Ben & Claire Pearce, Yorkshire
A fantastic stay, here at 8 Askernish. Weather has been 50/50, but we certainly made the most of every opportunity to get out and about. We’ve travelled all over - north and south - seeing some fantastic sights along the way. Highlights include - watching otters at Lochmaddy ; seeing 20tonne pilot whales at Loch Carnan ; escorted along Eriskay causeway by a golden eagle ; countless seals along the beach here at Askernish ; Polachar Inn - food and people . Great cottage - we’ll be back!
- 23 October 2010
Jason & Heather Dalgleish, Foyers
We enjoyed our stay at Askernish. The weather was against us but the spectacular beaches, dramatic skies and beautiful scenery made up for it. The home-made cakes at Hebridean Jewellery cafe and the friendly staff at MacGillivary’s were of particular note.
- 16 October 2010
Alan & Sylvia Jones, London
We had a wonderful time in South Uist. The weather was very kind to us - after the first few days. Beautiful strong sunshine by day, and by night the most amazing stars! A trip to the Hebridean Jewellery centre - including lunch at their cafe - was very good. It was our first trip to Uist and we would love to come again in the very near future. It is a very lovely cottage offering everything you need - thank you, Denise
September - 02 October 2010
Rosie & Angus MacLean, Helensburgh, Argyll
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and found the cottage very comfortable and cosy. Having read the book ‘As School Teacher in South Uist” it was very interesting to experience the strong winds - though obviously not as strong as those in winter! Orasay Inn was an excellent place to eat - good homely fare that was well cooked - delicious. We took a day trip on the ferry to Barra on a glorious day and were enchanted by the west coast breakers and the beach airport. Altogether an experience we would like to repeat!
- 25 September 2010
Tessa and Heather, Glasgow
We had a wonderful time in the islands, despite variable weather - including a drenching in N Uist. It was a great pleasure to come back to such a warm and welcoming home! There are so many fantastic places to visit and archaeology to experience. We will be back!
- 18 September 2010
Kevin & Tania Bishop, Washington, Tyne & Wear
We had a lovely week, despite the unkind weather - the cottage was really cosy and comfortable. The golf at the Askernish course was unbelievable! Locals very friendly. Dougal the pooch loved it - a 5-paw award!
- 11 September 2010
Colin Peny, Peter Johnson, Edinburgh
Stayed here for a week of fishing. Had a great week despite the poor weather and fish being tricky! We loved the cottage and enjoyed dining in each evening eating salmon and sea-trout we’d caught during the week. We will be back!
August - 04 September 2010
Elaine & Walter Young, Tyne & Wear
We’ve spent a very happy week at 8 Askernish, and have loved our first taste of South Uist. As described by previous visitors, the views and the skies have been breath-taking, and we’ve been lucky enough to experience the island is sunshine, with warm winds and scudding clouds too. It’s been a delight to come home to the warm and cosy cottage and spend a relaxing evening reading. Amongst other things, we’ve cycled to Eriskay (visiting Denise’s lovely house and garden and huge chickens on the way), climbed Beinn Mhor, cycled to Loch Druidibeag and walked around the nature reserve there, eaten a very good lunch (10 out of 10 for sticky toffee pud and rhubarb crumble) at the Orasay Inn, walked from the east side of Hecla to the shoulder (very sunny, but such strong winds we had to stop short of the ridge) and just enjoyed the ‘wilderness’ and the wild ponies over there. The beaches, lochs, mountains - so many photo opportunities not least the sunsets. We were pleased to have the time to visit the museum at Kildonan - just up the road: it’s a moving and vivid account of the island’s history, and very worth going. Thank you Denise for our comfort, and to all the friendly local people we’ve met who’ve made our stay extra special. We’re going home with happy memories, millions of photos, a print of Stilligarry by Bill Neil, and a firm resolve to return soon. PS - just before leaving for ferry: Last night was clear and cloudless, lit by a crescent moon. With so little light pollution, the stars were amazing, and to cap it all we even saw two shooting starts!
- 28 August 2010
Tim, Anna, Sorley & Martin Mosedale, Northumberland
We had a great time and are planning to return! .
- 21 August 2010
Phil, Heather, Robert Laura Smith, Worcestershire
An anodyne week in this beautifully situated cottage. The fantastic machair scenery is quite something, though perhaps harder to appreciate in a force 8 gale! The east side of the island is breath-taking: we climbed Beinn Mhor (640m) and were rewarded with stupendous views. If you’re looking for wet-weather activity, try the Kildonan museum, rich in the local history of an island that has changed so much in 100 years. One evening we went ceilidh dancing at Carnish Hall (N Uist): if it’s on give it a try - you’ll love it! Nearby the Claddach Kirkibost Centre has a cafe that’s great for soups and puddings. We also enjoyed a wondeful day over in Barra, using the bus to get around. After looking round Castlebay we went to a beatiful beach at Tangasdale, blessed with golden sunshine. This clean and comfortable cottage has been a pleasure to stay in. Our only regret is that the weather was too good to justify using the wood-burning stove!
- 14 August 2010
Rod & Karen Mason, Eden Valley, Cumbria
A peaceful, restorative week spent on this lovely island. Overwhelmed by the coastal scenery. The white shell sand beaches with turquoise ses and the machair in full flower are truly breath-taking! Must recommend walks on Berneray, Eriskay and North Uist (all to be found in Monty Hall’s booklet). Also huge diversity of wildlife and a bird twitchers paradise! Certainly need to have binoculars to hand all the time. Unfortunately the otters have evaded us but we were fortunate to see a pod of bottle-nosed dolphins off the little island of Orsay (SW from Dalabrog). The Kildonan museum is full of captivating history of the local area. Bill Neill’s gallery down the road from here is a must for those interested in wildlife art. This little cottage has lived up to all expectations: it is clean, comfortable, well-equipped and a pleasure to return to each evening. We shall definitely return!
July - 07 August 2010
Paul & Tracy, Gateshead:
Spent a week in Lochinver on the mainland prior to a great week here in this beautiful cottage. Our first time in the Outer Hebrides and it won’t be the last! Turn left out of the drive and walk for approx 1 mile past Askernish House and through the golf course and you’ll find yourself on an empty beach (except for the seals). It is our silver wedding anniversary and we enjoyed a bottle of champagne there on Thursday! Superb beach and dunes at Tigh a’ Ghearaidh near Hosta [N Uist]: The sun shone all day and once again the place was deserted. Up the road at Loch Sgioport we saw Eriskay ponies and Golden Eagles. The Borrodale is within walking distance, at Dalabrog, and the food is good. Hope you enjoy yourselves as much as we have!
- 31 July 2010
Simon, Margaret, Nicole and Rachel, Kinross
A really enjoyable week in a very comfortable and warm cottage on a beautiful island. What else do you need? Many thanks, Denise!
- 24 July 2010
Martin, Shona and Cathy Grant, Dyce Aberdeen
We had a lovely stay here and enjoyed lovely weather for most of the week. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the South Uist Games on the Wednesday, even though that was the coldest day of the week. We also saw some amazing wildlife including seals next toe the Eriskay causeway. We are now moving to Askernish House (at the end of the road) to enjoy a second week here with friends.
- 17 July 2010
Steve, Sandra and Emily, Glasgow
We had a lovely week here at 8 Askernish - our third visit to South Uist and definitely not our last! Emily (3yrs old!) has loved here second visit and was thrilled to see the wild horses (with foal), seals on the beaches, sand dunes at Askernish and Berneray. She is particularly fascinated by Highland cows with their red hair and long horns! Weather mixed but still managed plenty of visits to the beaches with Bann (our chocolate labrador). Hope to be back soon!
June - 03 July 2010
David, Gill, Dodi & Ross Baldwin, Lincolshire
What a beautiful cottage this is! It looked small as we came up the road, but all the rooms are a good size and the kitchen is brilliant! We have had a mixture of all sorts of weather, but some sun every day too - the weather changes so quickly here! We saw seals at Askernish beach, looked for otters on our travels but never saw any: having two big dogs with us when we go walking must send them rushing to their dens! We have explored just about all the roads from Eriskay up to North Uist. Had lunch at Stepping Stones in Balivanich, and an evening meal at the Borrodale Hotel. Very impressed with the Co-op supermarkets here - nearest is about 500m south of the Borrodale Hotel and even open on Sundays. Had picnics on some lovely beaches and an especially nice one on north-west of North Uist, with a stream, sand-dunes and giant granite boulders. Dogs and I loved paddling in the stream. Found a lovely place for coffee today at the north end of South Uist - Hebridean Jewellery at Iochdar. A beatiful beach there too, but unfortunately so windy today we could only look at it through the windows of the cafe! e have very much enjoyed exploring all the little side roads and admiring some of the houses - a shame about the ruined ones. We saw some Eriskay ponies. To Barra in the morning for 2 nights, then home.
- 26 June 2010
Wendy Sargeant, Cumbria
I have been visiting South Uist and Eriskay since 1957 and I haven’t every been disappointed. Alas, this will probably be my last time. This cottage is really warm and welcoming with a lovely view from every window. The shops have improved in quality over the years, as have the roads.
Audrey Robertson, Edinburgh
Cuckoos and corncrakes, peewits and harriers.
Hikes in the hills with picnic in carriers.
Iris and buttercups and carpets of flowers,
Lillies on the water with wild skies and showers. Seals on the rocks, white sand in your ‘crocs’.
Sea shells and flotsom and very wet socks!
Then back to the house and a drink by the fire
Maybe tomorrow the golf will inspire,
a round of delight when the ball flies true
and still within sight.
These are a few of my favourite things.
- 12 June 2010
Tom and Helen Colston, Leeds
Our first visit to the islands. Beautiful sunshine until end of week, and even then we got out. Stunning scenery and wildlife. Wonderful to see so many birds, including our first ever golden eagle. A spotlessly clean, bright cottage in a lovely position - thanks Denise!
May - 05 June 2010
Ros and Keith Ferguson, Gloucestershire
A delightful cottage. We enjoyed our visit - good walking with so much to see!
- 29 May 2010
Jane Bowman, Glen Moriston
My first trip to the island and a thoroughly enjoyable week. Cottage well equipped and cosy - thank you, Denise! Grand bird watching from the kitchen windows - short-eared owls and graylag geese are particularly appealing. Corncrake south of cottage. Three otters on lochan just north of cottage! Good weather after a foggy arrival, then finishing with a wet Friday. People friendly and helpful and recommended CalMac office at Lochboisdale for tide tables - very useful. Moving on now to South Harris for a week of hill-walking.
- 22 May 2010
Muriel Wilson, Judith Brown, Winchester, Hampshire
A delightful stay on a the island. Cottage well equipped and very comfortable. Thank you!
- 15 May 2010
Alexander Murray with Shadow and Damson, Lochearnhead, Stirling-shire
A thoroughly enjoyable week fishing and walking. Spotted a golden eagle hovering above the quarry. Weather probably unseasonably cold and very windy for the first half of the week. Monday fished Loch Bornish but it was so wild I had to abandon the boat and fish from the shore! Managed to pick up a couple of fish, though one about 8oz the other 1lb, both returned to the water. Tuesday I walked the beach in Benbecula, amazing silvery sands. Dogs enjoyed the swimming. Called in at the Salar Smokehouse at Loch Carnan and picked up Flakey Smoked Salmon for dinner: an absolutely fabulous product, absolutely delicious! Back to Loch Bornish on Wednesday where the wind was not so strong. Much better day with five fish caught, the best at about 12 oz, but all returned to the water. On Thursday I drove up to Lochmaddy and picked up some prawns on the way home. Friday, lots of walking and hill-loch fishing. Caught two decent brownies about the pound mark in Loch a’ Chlochain, and a couple of smolts, all returned. Had four trout about 8oz at Loch Teanga. Beautiful cottage and a very comfortable base - no matter what your interest!
- 08 May 2010
Jütta & Gabi, Deutschland
Wir hatten hier enie wunderbare Zeit, einfach traümhaft! Das Häuschen ist mit viel Liebe eingerichtet und wir fühlten uns sofort in ein bischen zu Haüse! Wir kommen wieder, versprochen!
April -07 May 2010
GK & LB, Netherlands
Lovely week in a homely, well-presented and very clean cottage. Enjoyed the views all around, and the peace. Seeing otters at South Boisdale was the icing on the cake! We enjoyed a fire each day, had tea outside on a glorious day, lovely walks along Loch Skipport and Loch Eynort, also in Eriskay.
- 09 April 2010
Alex MacRae, Isle of Seil
A great week in a fabulous spot. Lovely house!
March - 03 April 210
Adrian Shaw, Aberystwyth, Wales
A lovely quiet week - just what I needed. Weather was not at its best for the first four days, but in the end the sun came out and I saw the real beauty of the islands. I will never forget the sight of the setting sun over the sound of Barra from Eriskay. Tapadh leibh - Diolch yn fawr!
- 27 March 2010
Steve & Millie Clarke, Gosforth, Cumbria
Our second visit to the island and No 8. The cottage is perfect and such a good location for the hills and the beach. Weather has been pretty good and we have only lot two half days to rain. As the wind has been less than during our visit last year we have been up some of the hills, Ben More and Stulabhal have amazing views over the fjord-like eastern coastline, and St Kilda is just visible to the north-west. Lots of golden eagles, one sea eagle, hen harriers frequent and a peregrine falcon hunting along the machair and coast. Really enjoyed it again!
- 29 January 2010
Gabrielle [Gabi] Crossley, Germany
I had a lovely and peaceful time in this beautiful cottage, and even though the weather wasn’t great I loved it on this island. I shall be back in May - can’t wait.
- 15 January 2010
Judith, Jonathan and Katie Hudson, Leeds
Lovely cottage - warm and cosy - spotless! Location: wild, remote, peaceful, truly spectacular. We certainly do not want to go back to Leeds - wish we could bottle the air. Can’t wait to live here!
- 31 October 2009
Tony and Elizabeth Wright, Welton Cliff, Lincoln
Our first visit to the Western Isles - certainly not our last, we hope. Beautiful scenery, fantastic coastline and a lovely warm cottage. We’ve had some beautiful sunny warm days ... and also the other kind! Nice though to curl up with books and watch the weather doing its worst while we’re snug and warm inside! The dogs have loved their walks and have thankfully behaved themselves - just one brief spot of rabbit chasing for 18month old Poppy, but she quickly came back when called. Thanks Denise for the interesting talk about history of the islands, for the loan of books and most of all for the lovely wool.
- 17 October 2009
John and Marin Mulloy, Fife
We are regular visitors to both South Uist and Barra, but this was the best cottage we have ever stayed in and will definitely return. We had four days of good fishing on four different lochs, and return home with a decent bag of sea trout. A highlight was seeing a pair of golden eagles over Mill Loch. Played golf at Askernish in such still, sunny weather I wished I’d had some sun-block! Who could have imagined such a day in the Outer Hebrides in mid October! [Due to the clear air, sunshine here has a lot of UV - this is especially so in winter! Jonathan.]
September - 03 October 2009
Sue and John Higson, Dewsbury West Yorkshire
Our second stay at 8 Askernish. Weather not too kind this time, but could not spoil the cosiness, peace and tranquility. Log fires are something else! We have certainly never been cold - the cottage is a real credit to Denise and Jonathan. We had sightings of hen harriers, wrens, greylag geese - and plenty of sheep - all from the cottage itself. Sightings of otters, seals and various birds including lapwing, curlew, sea birds (on walks). Unfortunately no deer! [Deer are rarely seen west of the ‘main road’, except between Bornish and Howmore - Jonathan].
- 26 September 2009
Gordon, Ishbel, John Askew, Sampford Courtenay Devon
We’re here to celbrate John’s 70th birthday - decided to get away from it all rather than have a party. Saturday: Arrived here about 6pm, unpacked and headed down to the beach for the sunset. The space of the Atlantic really hits you! Sunday: We walked up the nearby hill of Aisgerbheinn, then to Dalabrog for food at the hotel. We walked back along the beach - about 12 miles in all. Fabulous log fire in the evening. Monday: Stormy weather. Only managed a short walk, up Eisebhal from Ludag. Tuesday: Forecast not good, but we set off north up the beach to Flora MacDonald birthplace (at Milton) and the museum. An otter ran across our path! Lots of lovely birds - left our bird book at home so can’t name them! Wednesday: A day of real weather - sun, wind, rain ... We walked the way-marked walk in Eriskay, about 5 1/2 miles but took us several hours, taking in the sea, beaches, mountains, lochs, seals and birds. Home to a log fire - bliss! Thursday: John’s 70th birthday! We planned a trip to Barra but the weather was grim, so stayed in bed till late then after lunch walked to the Museum; but the walk took much longer than we’d expected and the museum was just closing ... We made good with an evening of champagne and a log fire. Friday: Last day, grey and drizzly again, but we’ve decided to go to Barra anyway. Foot passengers on the ferry - a bit rough! Walked to the beach where the airport is - saw the Flybe plane arrive from Glasgow. We saw a big ‘gang’ of seals on the walk back to the ferry. Despite the poor weather, the cottage was always so lovely to come back to with cosy evenings by the fire. We’ll be back!
- 19 September 2009 -
Anne and Colin Hunter, Aberdeen
Had a relaxing week. Weather was perfect - not a drop of rain! Beaches beautiful. Scenery stunning. Wildlife wonderful. Cottage cozy and comfy. Dogs loved lots of walkies.
- 12 September 2009 -
Chris and Dianne Truswell, Windermere Cumbria
Chris and I came here to celbrate our ruby wedding - we were married here in South Uist. Who would have thought all those years ago when we were young and lived life in the fast lane that we would totally fall in love with a cottage on a remote island. But we have! We adore the cottage, and the island. The beauty of the beaches have moved us to tears. To sit in this cosy cottage in front of a roaring log fire whilst an 80mph gale rages outside is an experience we will never forget: we were were very glad not to have a ferry journey booked for that day! Enjoy the adventure of turning into lanes and discovering what is down them - you will be pleasantly surprised. Wave and smile when meeting other motorists - the locals are very friendly. We have just two regrets now our holiday is almost over: 1) we have to return to what we thought was a quiet and relaxing semi-retirement, but now realise is not! 2) despite spending hours with our binoculars, we did not get to see any dolphins. Seals, many different species of birds and other wildlife yes, but not dolphins: a reason to come back? Thank you, Denise, for a fantastic holiday!
August to 05 September 2009
Erik and Jan Popping, The Netherlands
We loved the cottage very much - realy cosy and clean and a nice atmosphere. Also we like the beaches and found beautiful shells there. However the weather was not so good ... [The Poppings left after just three days because the weather, landscape and wildlife were too wild compared to what they had experienced before in mainland Scotland. The weather improved the day after they left!]
- 29 August 2009
Nicholson family, Liverpool
A really enjoyable week. Our first visit and a wonderful cottage to welcome us. The children found the cottage and grounds ideal. In the course of the week we explored from Berneray in the north to Barra and Vaterasay in the south. Lovely beaches - especially Princes Bay in Eriskay, and the long strand by the cemetery in Vatersay; also Hornish strand in North Uist. Lovely lunches at Stepping Stones in Balivanich, and at Kirkibost Community Centre in North Uist. The weather has been kind to us, although tonight it is blowing a gale! We will be returning to the Western Isles in the future.
- 15 August 2009
Derek and Margaret Cutts, Tyne and Wear
A lovely island - everyone so friendly. So nice to be made welcome by everyone - in the co-op, cafes and on the roads. We have seen otters and eagles and wonderful prehistoric sites, but the people are what make South Uist special. Lovely to come home to a comfortable house at the end of so many enjoyable days out.
July to 08 August 2009
Martin, Shona and Cathy Grant, Dyce Aberdeen
A lovely two weeks here in Uist. We walked from South Glendale east to the deserted village of Bagh Hairtebhagh - a good four hour walk but well worth it. Lots of fly fishing - we got some tasty brown trout. We got prawns from Kallin Shelfish (Isle of Grimsay) - delicious! We thoroughly recommend the lemon cake served at the golf club cafe. Sounds like we ate our way round the island? We did!
- 24 July 2009
Stansfield family, Aberdeen
We had a great week here, saw some amazing wildlife, including sheep right at our front gate and the male and female hen harriers zooming around the cottage! The last two days gave the best weather and the rest were cloud and rain - but it was great! Eleanor, Age 9 1/2 yrs Excellent cottage - so clean and comfortable. Had a really good week - weather improved as we went along. We walked along the beach from here to Pol a Charra - a long way, but great lunch at the pub there. We caught the bus back. A trip to Barra and Vatersay are recommended - beautiful beaches. Really enjoyed the eggs, Denise, and thanks for a great week. Tehmina
- 18 July 2009
Ailean and Herb Telford and Pat and Keith Davies, Whitehaven Cumbria
Our seventh visit [to Uist] and we have been blessed with a week of wonderful weather. We have been captivated with the scenery, wildlife and machair flowers. The cottage is lovely and in such a peaceful spot. Hope to return in the not too distant future.
- 11 July 2009
Lickley family, Newton Mearns
The most amazing start to the week - at Princes Bay in Eriskay - we had a close encounter with a pod of dolphins! We were Swimming in the shallow water when the dolphins came round the pier following a yacht - ad came right up to the beach, maybe 20 yards from us. As they swam back out to sea, they were jumping up high just like a show! Luckily for us the yacht owner came over and offered to email us photos. Apart from getting completely druckit on Barra we have had good weather and the upside of the constant wind is that there’s no midges.
June - 04 July 2009
Tony and June Mathews, Newbury Berkshire
We have really enjoyed our first visit to South Uist. The cottage is lovely and the wildlife we have seen from it - short-eared owls hunting, cuckoo on telegraph wires, buzzard on the rocks in the field and hen harrier with prey behind the house - has exceeded all expectations. We also had a great day out with Steve Duffield. He is very knowledgeable, both about where to see each species and about their behaviour. The flowers on the machair are gorgeous, especially in the sunshine that we had at the beginning of the week; but we also enjoyed our walks in the rain! Hope to return one day!
- 27 June 2009
David and Alyson Nicholds, Lichfield
We’ve had a wonderful week here, both back in South Uist and in this cottage, too. Staying here has made our week very comfortable and special (having just got engaged last week!). We’ve travelled all over the island from Berneray right down to Barra, and with the amazingly warm weather (unlike last year!) we couldn’t have wished for a better week. Do try and day out with Steve Duffield [local wildlife guide]. We had a wonderful day spotting otters and golden and sea eagles. Thank you for the hospitality, Denise: see you next year!
- 20 June 2009
Alasdair and Kate Gordon-Rogers, Jacqueline King, Duffus nr Elgin
What a beautiful, clean bright cottage! We loved staying here and enjoyed the wonderful silence, beautiful weather - a hot four days, the rest showery, blustry but still very enjoyable. We saw a pair of basking sharks off Vatersay, a golden eagle, hen harriers at close quarters (right here at the cottage), heard the corncrake - many wonderful birds and flowers as far as the eye could see. Enjoyed meeting the wild ponies with folas, and plenty of great walks on beaches, moor and mountain. Met many friendly people. Recommend the newly opened Golf Club cafe, just up the road from the cottage, and the Polachar Inn for an amazing smart meal. Als the Am Politician pub in Eriskay. Failed to see otters, but maybe today? Lots of seals off the beach here at Askernish. Enjoyed our visit to the gallery and studio - just up the road - of Willaim Neill, a wildlife watercolourist.
- 13 June 2009
Dave and Kate Crill, Settle, North Yorkshire
So good to be back in South Uist! Cottage really comfortable and we’ve had a lovely relaxing stay. We’ve had some wonderful walks and the bird life has been fantastic. Hope to be back soon!
May - 06 June 2009
Vivian Macdonald, Ontario, Canada
I love this cottage! The perfect place to stay on this lovely island. The landscape is beautiful: the open barren country that I love - it must b bred in the bone of those who like me are of Highland descent. The wild flowers are lovely, so too the birdsong beautiful. And I just love my neighbours - little lambs with their mothers. I have travelled every single-track road, east and west, marvelling at the beauty of the hills and lochs, the magnificent beaches. This holiday is a dream come true!.
- 23 May 2009
M K and J Dix, Bath
What a delightful cottage to spend a holiday on this stunningly beautiful island. We have all been captivated by the wildlife, amazing beaches, fantastic light and clean air. We have dubbed the kitchen here the luxurious wildlife viewing hide (all mod cons and reat views). We have been blessed with really good weather: Monday and Friday were both clear sunshine from dawn to dusk. We have had far too many ‘highs’ to list them all: white-tailed eagles, golden eagles and Eriskay ponies, hen harriers, short-eared owls, arctic skuas - 91 species of bird in all!
- 16 May 2009
Geoff Lesley & Alison Creamer, Thornhill Dumfriesshire; Cupar Fife
Excellent weather has enabled us to explore South Uist properly for the first time, with some good walks around the south end of the island - also one day on Barra. A terrific amount of good bird life on the shore line, but no sign of the larger birds of prey we were hoping for (maybe North Uist next week?).
- 09 May 2009
Eddie and Margaret Peddoe, Nairn
Watched lapwings rearing chicks from kitchen windows! Also barn owl across the field. Very comfortable cottage.
April - 02 May 2009
Peter and Sue Gray, Ilkeley
Just four nights, but with mostly bright sunshine (plus strong winds) a good introduction to South Uist.
- 11 April 2009
Alan and May, Fort William
Had a lovely time and enjoyed our second visit to this cottage. No complaints about anything - not even the weather. Out walking every day and even saw an otter on Prince’s Beach in Eriskay.
March - 03 April 2009
David and Rhian Lidell, Lichfield
Not so much ‘Whisky Galore’ as Whiskers Galore! After years of looking for otters in Scotland we have struck lucky and seen several swim and fish. We’ve also seen golden eagles, white-tailed eagles and many more birds. We have had the considerable advantage of Steve Duffield (wildlife guide - 01870 620241) to show us around. He is available for day tours. The islands are beautiful and we particularly recommend Berneray for its beaches and views. The weather has been kind all week (dry, sunny, but quite windy). The cottage is very comfortable indeed - the perfect place to return to after a day’s birding.
- 28 March 2009
Steve and Millie Clarke, Gosforth, Cumbria
We regularly stay in self-catering cottages and without doubt this is the nicest cottage we have ever rented: clean, bright and warm, and the furniture and decoration are spotless. This is our first visit to the island and we are very pleased with what we have seen. To the west of the ‘main road’ we enjoyed the white sand beaches and will be coming again to see the machair in flower. To the east is as wild a bit of country as anything in the Highlands ... As for the wildlife, we enjoyed the different waders on the beaches and machair, golden eagles at Loch Druidibeg (on two separate occasions) and also at Loch Eynort, and hen harriers at various places including really close views of a female right outside the house. Otters were seen at Loch Eynort and South Lochboisdale. We had blue skies and sunshine most days. We’ll be back sometime. Thanks very much, Denise and Jonathan!
Paidraig Campbell and Emma Wild, Southease, Lewes, East Sussex
Log fires, delicious walks and much bird-watching.
- 23 December 2008
Campbell family, Gateside North, Forfar
What a lovely cottage: clean cosy and beautifully furnished! We have had a very relaxing and peaceful break - ready for Christmas now! The weather has been wild, making the scenery look very dramatic: but we still managed to get to the beaches. We hope to be back in 2009.
- 08 November 2008
Richard Walls and Kathy Walsh, Comrie, Crieff, Perth-shire
A great week of wonderful weather. Four out of seven days with sunshine. Contrasting habitats and wldlife is such a great attraction. Autumnal migrants, waders, numerous hen-harrier and gold eagle sightings. The cottage just made all of this even better as it was warm, clean and comfortable. Many thanks!
- 31 October 2008
James & Janet Easton-Berry, Tobermory, Isle of Mull
A lovely cosy, clean, neat and warm cottage - we had a wonderful stay! Bird life here is amazing. We also enjoyed excellent walks. We’ll be back. Many thanks!
- 23 October 2008
Iain, Paula, Matt and Leona Reid, Inverurie, Aberdeen-shire
Eventful ferry journey here on autumnal mountainous seas, with the deck disappearing from under your feet! Collecting beautiful shells on the beach - walking through the golf course too for miels and miles of what seemed like our own personal beach! Feeding wild ponies - with polo mints! A cinematic view of a little red fishing boat on the east coast, glistening in the sun. Juvenile stags bounding majesticakkt across the road, only metres from us. Playing catch with 20ft white and turquoise waves on a white sandy beach - west coast of North Uist. These are our memories!
September - 04 October 2008
Helen and Markus Riebicke, Balerno, Edinburgh
A lovely costy cottage. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay, whether walking on beautiful beaches, or even watching the rain as we sat cosy by the fire! A great last week to our honeymoon in the Hebrides: why go abroad when you have this on your doorstep! We hope to come back to these islands again. Loved the views from the kitchen windows!
- 20 September 2008
Pauline and Sandy Ridehaigh, Mungrisedale, Cumbria
We opened the door to a clean and cosy cottage - how all holidays should start. We loved the wood-burning stove and put it on most evenings to round off a day of exploring. On the two cold wet days it was a welcome addition to the background heating. The bus service (ordinary and post-bus) was incredibly efficient and cheap. We were brought right to the door by the post bus driver because she didn't want us to get wet! The little islands, the rocky inlets, the beaches - make the effort to see as much of them as you can - some are breathtakingly beautiful. Watch out for the Minke whales on the ferry to Barra - we saw three! We have had a satisfying fill of bird life, history, peace and quiet, and eating local foods. We bought local wool (some of Denise's) and vegetables (also from Denise!). The local speech is so wonderful: they actually make English gentle and poetic. Maybe we were lucky, but we didn't meet a single unpleasant person - nothing seemed to much trouble to anyone. We have managed well without a care - relying on buses and bikes. My only complaint - one week is not enough!
August - 06 September 2008
Erica Shovelin, Stevie Thomson - and Mum, Dumbarton, Dumbarton-shire
We have had a lovely week and enjoyed this comfortable cottage very much. Going home now very relaxed and calm and hope to be back some time.
- 30 August 2008
Anne, Craig and Jess Righton, Knutsford, Cheshire
Cottage lovely and clean, quiet, well-equipped cottage. Had a brilliant stay. A hen-harrier put in two appearances right here at the cottage. Great sighting of otter fishing on east coast; beach walks (bus to Poll a Chara and walk back). Eriskay and Berneray both highly recommended.
- 16 August 2008
Ruth and Nick Archer, Woodstock, Oxfordshire
Delightful in every way!
- 09 August 2008:
Shona, Martin and Cathy Grant, Dyce, Aberdeen-shire
We have enjoyed our stay here and have had good weather. We have gone to most of the beaches, and to the museum which was very interesting. My dad spent most of his time on the golf course, which he says was the most beautiful he has ever seen. Thank you for the great house that made coming home after a long day on the beach or the golf course very enjoyable.
- 26 July 2008
Lynne and Matthew Thomas, Beauly, Inverness-shire
We have enjoyed the peace and quiet and time to relax - especially watching the hen harriers and walking along the beaches. The weather hasn't been at its best but at such times we enjoyed a relaxing time in the cottage.
- 19 July 2008
Morag, Kenny, Niall and Callum Stevenson, Linlithgow, West Lothian
We have had a very peaceful and relaxing week. Weather has been mixed but it hasn't stopped us getting around all the islands. When the sun shines the scenery here is hard to beat. We have walked for miles along many beaches, rock-pooling and beach-combing. The cottage has been great in every way, and we would recommend it to anyone coming this way. This is our first visit to the Outer Hebrides and we have really enjoyed it - thanks!
- 12 July 2008
Iain and Helen, Callum and Murray Condie, Edinburgh
A great week! The weather has been mostly kind to us. As this was our first visit to the islands we explored from Berneray to Vatersay (a day trip to Barra is well worth it). Most of our time has been spent either on the beaches or on schenic walks. Our only 'washed-out' afternoon, we went to the swimming pool at Liniclate Community School in Benbecula. South Uist's West coast beaches have been great for walks among the dunes - lots of good machair tracks, including the walk from the church car park at Howmore or at Cladh Hallan round houses (near Daliburgh). Princes Beach in Eriskay was great - with a couple of wind-breaks. At Traigh Lingeigh in North Uist on a hot afternoon we all swam in the sea. Vatersay Bay on the more sheltered east side of the Vatersay isthmus had crystal clear water, beautiful sand, warm sun and a gentle breeze - our photos look like the Caribbean. Two great walks were to the summit of Beinn Langass (North Uist) via a stone circle and a chambered cairn. At Loch Aineort, park at the end of the road then keep walking past old slipways and ruined stone houses to sheltered inlets with seals and otters. Langass Lodge is to be avoided if you're out for a meal with children, but Pollachar Inn and Lochboisdale hotel were great for bar meals with children.
- 28 June 2008
Anne and Brian Snowden, Filey, North Yorkshire
A lot of wind and rain this week but it hasn't stopped us getting out and about. Wildlife highlights: snowy owl and otter at RSPB Balranald. Walked for miles on deserted beaches: keep an eye out to sea and you will at very lest sea a seal or two. Great views from the kitchcen windows. An immaculately clean cottage. Lovely wood-burning stove to relax by in the evening. Great coffee and warm welcome at the Politician in Am Baile after a wet and windy walk in Eriskay. Lovely home-made cakes at the Kildonan centre cafe. We hope you enjoy your week at No 8 as much as we enjoyed ours!
- 21 June 2008
Phil and Jenny Green, Kenilworth, Warwickshire
We have had a glorious time in the Outer Hebrides! From the kitchen window we have seen lapwings with their young, snipe, short-eared owl (every day), young stonechats, greylag geese and their goslings, and a heron being mobbed. Birding highlights elsewhere have included male and female hen-harriers, red-knecked phalarope (at Griminis), and snowy owls and cornrake (RSPB Balranald, N Uist). You should visit William Neill's gallery down the lane!: We came away with three pictures. Sitting at the breakfast bar looking at the views was too seductive to go to restaurants, but we enjoyed coffees at various spots on the islands.
- 14 June 2008
Mike and Margaret Betts, Edinburgh
We were delighted to find such a neat and sparklingly clean cottage. Great views from the kitchen windows - from which I have drawn and painted several times. Weather has been changeable, with much wind but little rain, so has not prevented us getting out and about every day. We have as thoroughly explored the southern isles as is possible in just one week, but will have to return to do proper justice. Highlights have been: the variety of wild flower, the white sands and turquoise seas to be found almost everywhere; the ever-changing skies, the huge numbers and variety of breedign birds in every open space and machair fields; and the building and boats old and new; and the livestock too; all of which gave us variety of subjects for drawing. Mike would have liked to see more raptors, and I would have loved to see an otter, but we heard corncrakes at several locations and had the luck to actually see a pair of them in a nettle bed in Vatersay! The rhubarb from your walled garden, Denise, was absolutely delicious, and such a beautiful rich pink when cooked. Thanks for a wonderful week: I think, somehow, it will not be our last.
May - 07 June 2008
Kirstie and Peter MacDonald, Balloch, Inverness-shire
We have had a great week in this very comfortable cottage and have been out every day in glorous weather. We had lovely walks by Loch Aineort,Loch Sgioport and Loch Baghasdal, and an ascent of Beinn Mhor. We also took a trip to Barra and had a swim in the sea at the beautiful beach Coilleag na Phrionnsa [Prince's Strand or Beach] in Eriskay. Thanks for a memorable holiday and showing us round your wonderful garden at An Garradh Mor.
- 31 May 2008
Evans Family, Warrington, Cheshire
This house is amazing, with great views through all the windows. Fantastic beaches and beautiful weather. Superb holiday altogether!
- 17 May 2008
Dave and Judy Kerr, Halton, Lancashire
It was lovely to meet you both and once again thank you for a lovely cottage on an amazing island. The weather has been beyond expetations, with no more than two or three hours of showery rain in a fortnight of wall-to-wall sunshine. Our trip to Barra and Vatersay was well worthwhile, but Eriskay is our favourite place. At Orasaigh - a little island south-west of the cottage - we saw a pod of Minkie whales. Thanks for providing such a lovely base for a great holiday, and we hope we will see you again in the not too distant future.
- 29 March 2008
Florence and Robert, Drumnadrochit, Inverness-shire
Perfect in every way!
- 25 January, 2008
Emily and Lily, Mott MacDonald
Such a warm place to recover from our site work [surveying for coast protection works] - to cook a good evening meal and sit by the fire.
- 12 January 2008
Roger and Tracy, Poolewe, Ross-shire
The weather was remarkably kind to us ... sunshine and showers but mild: we found a primrose in flower on the slopes of Beinn Aisgerbheinn.
- 10 October 2007
Winnie Greer & Fiona Howat, Timsgarry, Isle of Lewis
Thoroughly enjoyed our break. Loved the cottage. Hope to return - in warmer time of year! Can highly recommend Nunton Steadings for afternoon tea ...
- 12 October 2007
Julie Thorburn, Callendar, Perthshire
Another very special week over here - made so much more comfortable by the immaculate condition of the cottage - thank you so very much! Experienced the very best of Hebridean weather for 5 days. Our day at Luskentyre was one of the best - most beautiful- days ever. Watched an otter at play whilst waiting for the ferry. Langass Lodge and Orasay Inn recommended - also Nunton Steadings for lunch. Hope to return again next year. Thanks again!
September - 06 October 2007
Brian & Bobbie Page, Finzean, Banchory, Aberdeen-shire
We enjoyed our stay at No 8 very much. Thanks for the vegetables and eggs!
- 29 September 2007
Ann England & Iain Morrisey, Ashtead, Surrey
A beautiful cosy cottage, perfect to return to after a day exploring. Fantastic weather has allowed us to see the amazing scenery at its best, some beautiful lochs for fishing, and the gorgeous white sand beaches. Some lovely meals in the Borrodale Hotel.
- 21 September 2007
Cheryl Murray-Smith, Bridgwater, Somersetshire
We’ve been for lovely long walks along the beaches which are most impressive. We’ve seen a huge variety of birds ... The weather has been disappointing, but we have had a few beautiful days...
August - 01 September 2007
Andrew, Victoria, Andrew & Vicky MacGregor, Tranent, East Lothian
Lovely cosy cottage, very clean. ... Enjoyed a lovely lunch at Langass Lodge.
- 25 August 2007
G & D Donaldson, Warrington, Cheshire
A lovely clean cottage, and the great windows make all the difference to the views. We were very comfortable here. Mixed weather - but going home with burnt noses! Walked lots of miles along lots of beaches.
- 18 August 2007
Dr Stuart, London
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this beautiful cottage. We recommend the food at the Polochar Inn, together with the friendly service. We also had an excellent Sunday lunch at the Stepping Stones Restaurant in Balivanich.
- 11 August 2007
S & A Cooper, Thatcham, Berkshire
Great cottage in a great location. Ideal for visiting all six islands on this side.
July - 03 August 2007
V Pattinson & A Wilson, London
Lovely cosy cottage with great views all round. Weather good. Askernish golf course great fun for the less stuffy golfers. Full moon rising over the hills to the east was a highlight.
- 28 July 2007
June Shaw, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire
Male hen harrier eating pray in surrounding field ... juvenile cuckoo on fence post being fed by meadow pipit ‘foster’ mum.
- 21 July 2007
Mr & Mrs Davies, Durisdeer, Thornhill, Dumfries-shire
Lovely weather - sun every day. The flowers in the machair are astonishing! Best walks included Ormacleit Castle and through machair to Dun Vulan - a magical spot to picnic; then back along the white beach.
- 14 July 2007
Mr & Mrs Lyons, Fulbourne, Cambridgeshire
A most enjoyable week in this most comfortable cottage.
June - 07 July 2007
John & Joan macIver, Fearn, Tain, Ross-shire
Great cottage with lovely views, terrific beaches for walking and watching birds. Good food at the Polochar Inn and the Borrodale Hotel. Great holiday!
- 30 June 2007
Pauline Galenby, Wardley, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear
[The cottage] is ultra clean and tidy, with good quality fittings. Views from all windows: especially [good] for keen bird watchers. Short-eared owls and harriers, plus many other birds - all from the kitchen windows. Good meals at Orasay Inn and Borrodale Hotel.
- 23 June 2007
Lesley Few, Darlington, Co Durham
Lovely cottage, superb scenery, and a good base for the beaches and lochs. Great place to chill out and relax ... Many hours were spent just watching the lapwings and short-eared owls.
- 16 June 2007
J & S Higson, Dewsbury, West Yorkshire
... [the cottage] is immaculate, clean and well cared-for, a home-from-home. We’ve had some lovely walks in North and South Uist, and visited Eriskay and Barra. The local cuckoo has called to us each day.
- 09 June 2007
K & M Holleran, Rugby, Warwickshire
... the weather has been superb - fancy getting a suntan in the Outer Hebrides! We had a wonderful experience of watching the lapwings chasing off a short-eared owl ...
May - 02 June 2007
Christine Black & G McCarey, Paisley
We’ve had a wonderful, restful week. ... Batteries well and truly charged - just what the doctor ordered.
- 19 May 2007
R & C Burdekin, Winchester, Hampshire
Kitchen windows are great for watching surrounding wildlife. Peewit [Lapwing] chicks kept us entertained! Good views from Beinn Mhor and Hecla, though a tad windy on the tops!
April - 5 May 2007
D & A Kerr, Halton, Lancashire
Our first visit to the isles, - but it will not be our last. ... The lambs and lapwing with its two little chicks parading past the window each morning was a real bonus.
- 24 March 2007
Ged & Judy Pinder, Arnside, Cumbria
Look out for the hen harriers hunting on the surrounding croft!