Gearraidh Iain

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One look at the pictures should be enough to convince you of the heavenly situation which this cottage enjoys.

Quick Info

Sleeps: 2 Bedrooms: 1
Changeover Day: Sat Pets Allowed: No
No smoking Bathrooms: 1
  • No Smoking
  • Open Fire/Solid Fuel Stove

It is situated on the north-west shore of the island of North Uist, a traditional Hebridean blackhouse which sits on the common grazings by the shore of the breathtaking Vallay strand (a shallow tidal lagoon which ebbs to reveal three square miles of beach and access to the enchanting little island of Vallay).

Built by the present owner's grandfather some 100 years ago, it is doubtful if its original owners could have ever imagined their cottage as it is today. It has been completely renovated and furnished to the highest of standards to make a wonderful holiday home. It would be a truly magical hideaway for a honeymoon or indeed any special escape.

Inside, there is a cosy sitting room with solid fuel stove (for which traditional peat is provided), a well-equipped kitchen, double bedroom and shower room. Additional heating is by electric underfloor heating. The area round the cottage is fenced off from the sheep which nibble on the surrounding croft land.

Map & Local

North Uist has always attracted walkers, bird watchers and anglers, as well as those simply seeking respite from the hustle and bustle of modern life. That is not to say, however, that there is not plenty to do and see here.

Lochmaddy, 'the capital' has all facilities where Taigh Chearsabhagh offers a thriving museum and arts centre, with shop and cafe. For the active visitor, the Uist Outdoor Centre offers abseiling, rock climbing, sea kayaking, scuba diving and powerboating, as well as the fastest crossing to the amazing World Heritage Site of St Kilda, 40 miles out in the Atlantic. The Tigh Dearg Hotel has a gym, sauna and steam room, all available for a modest charge to non-residents and also offers bike hire.

While in Lochmaddy, another 'must' is the short walk to Both nam Faileas (The Hut of the Shadows), a camera obscura which projects an image of the land and seascapes within a stone chamber.

Other attractions within easy reach of Gearraidh Iain are the RSPB Reserve at Balranald and the island's archaeological treasures. The Claddach Kirkibost Centre has an excellent cafe, fantastic views and internet access, while Sollas (2m) has a well-stocked supermarket. You can buy fresh seafood from Hector, direct off the boat - it really doesn't come any fresher!

Closer to home, you can reach Vallay, with its wonderful beaches and fascinating ruins, either on foot or even by car when the tide is out (do take local advice on access though, to avoid being cut off by the incoming tide).

Please note: while we make every effort to be as accurate as possible, the actual position of the cottage indicated on the map above and the proximity of the amenities in the Local Info section cannot be guaranteed to be precise and should be used as a guide only.



Single Storey

Kitchen with electric cooker, dishwasher, washer/drier and microwave etc
Sitting/Dining room with solid fuel stove, TV/DVD and iPod dock
Double bedroom
Shower room with shower, WC and wash basin

What's included

Linen (Double Bed)
Sets of towels


Bed linen and towels are INCLUDED. Electricity is INCLUDED. Heating is by underfloor electric heating, electric oil-filled radiators and solid-fuel stove (supply of peat INCLUDED). Sorry, pets are not accepted. No smoking.



The calendar below shows dates which are either available or booked for this property. Use the Book Now menu above to select your desired holiday dates.

Changeover Day: Sat

Booked Available

Weekly Prices

The weekly guide prices for this property are shown below. Use the availability & book sidebar on the right to select your holiday or calculate short break rates (where available).

  • 2 Week Discount (£25)
  • Save 15% w/c 08 Oct 16 From 08/10/2016 to 14/10/2016
  • Save 20% w/c 01 Oct 16 From 01/10/2016 to 07/10/2016
  • Half Term Availability! From 15/10/2016 to 21/10/2016
  • Half Term Availability! From 22/10/2016 to 28/10/2016

Changeover Day: Sat

Rental - Date Range Sleeps 2
17 Sep 2016 - 14 Oct 2016 £495.00
15 Oct 2016 - 28 Oct 2016 £595.00
29 Oct 2016 - 19 Dec 2016 £395.00
20 Dec 2016 - 27 Dec 2016 £695.00
28 Dec 2016 - 05 Jan 2017 £695.00
05 Jan 2017 - 10 Feb 2017 £395.00
11 Feb 2017 - 17 Feb 2017 £495.00
18 Feb 2017 - 03 Mar 2017 £395.00
04 Mar 2017 - 07 Apr 2017 £495.00
08 Apr 2017 - 21 Apr 2017 £595.00
22 Apr 2017 - 05 May 2017 £495.00
06 May 2017 - 26 May 2017 £595.00
27 May 2017 - 02 Jun 2017 £695.00
03 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017 £595.00
01 Jul 2017 - 01 Sep 2017 £695.00
02 Sep 2017 - 15 Sep 2017 £595.00
16 Sep 2017 - 13 Oct 2017 £495.00
14 Oct 2017 - 27 Oct 2017 £595.00
28 Oct 2017 - 20 Dec 2017 £395.00
21 Dec 2017 - 27 Dec 2017 £695.00
28 Dec 2017 - 05 Jan 2018 £695.00
06 Jan 2018 - 05 Jan 2019 POA
06 Jan 2019 - 05 Jan 2020 POA

Please note: Prices are calculated based on your party size at the time of booking. If your party size changes for any reason after booking please let us know so we can ensure the accommodation provided meets your exact requirements.


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Superbly situated overlooking Vallay Sands on North Uist. Basically, it was the most perfect spot. The cottage itself wa...

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A lovely cottage in a great location. Caretaker Margaret was very helpful. Would be excellent if it included wifi. Garde...

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Cottage is very well appointed. All you could ask for.


The provision of garden chairs and a few more items in the kitchen would merit excellent !


I though the cottage was wonderful. It would be helpful though to have broadband internet when it arrives in Uist. If it...

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