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Glaic Cottage is a traditional Hebridean thatched blackhouse in a location so pretty it's hard to believe it's real. Grade B listed with plenty of character and charm, the owners have done a superb job in transforming the holiday cottage from ramshackle to remarkable, restoring the thatched roof and filling it with comfortable furnishings and energy-efficient features that make this a warm and welcoming place to stay. It's perfect for couples or individuals who want to replace the distractions of daily life with the spectacular views and rural beauty of North Uist.
North Uist is a paradise of white sandy beaches, ancient peat bogs, tidal strands, and small lakes known as lochans. The number of people on the island (around 1,300) is eclipsed by the abundance of birds and wildlife which thrive in the pristine environment. Depending on the time of year you're there, you can expect to see otters, seals, red deer, hen harriers, golden eagles, merlins, and corncrakes, though the latter is more frequently heard than seen. Walkers and cyclists love the beauty and diversity of the landscape, shaped by the elements and thousands of years of human habitation, while anglers visit for the opportunity to fish seasonally for trout and salmon. Kayaking, surfing and kiteboarding are also popular.
Spend happy days touring the island where pre-historic landmarks include the neolithic chamber at Barpa Langrass and the stone circle at Pobull Fhinn. Other places to see include Teampul Na Trionaid - a medieval monastery believed to be the oldest university in Scotland, the monument to Giant Macaskill, and St Kilda Viewpoint. Being only 17 miles long and 13 miles wide makes North Uist easy to explore. Visit beaches like Baleshare, West Beach, and Clachan Sands, or take day trips to Harris, Barra, and St Kilda.
You don't have to drive far to access shops, restaurants, cafes and other amenities. There's a well-stocked village shop in Bayhead and a lovely cafe in the Museum and Arts Centre at Taigh Chearsabhagh. You can also drive down to South Uist for more choices of places to eat, drink, and shop.
Glaic Cottage is available for bookings all year round, with short stays possible between October and the end of March.
Anne Swain joined Independent Cottages in August 2021
Glaic Cottage is a single-storey thatched blackhouse recently restored and renovated to a high standard with efficient heating. There are no immediate neighbours.
Outside: The garden has a seating area where you can enjoy the spectacular views of the island during the day and the incredible night skies once the sun goes down. There is off-street parking next to the cottage with an EV charging point.
Additional Information: Utilties, WiFi, bed linen and bath towels are included. Guests to bring beach towels if they are required. Pets and smoking are not permitted.
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