Griminish, Near Hosta, North Uist
Monty’s Cottage is a traditional Hebridean thatched cottage tucked away in a secluded spot down a private road, on the stunning island of North Uist in the Outer Hebrides.
|Sleeps: 2||Bedrooms: 1|
|Changeover Day: Sat||Pets Allowed: Yes (1)|
|No smoking||Bathrooms: 1|
The cottage has been completely renovated, after lying empty for over 40 years, to create a charming hideaway set up perfectly just for two. It is named after the television presenter Monty Halls, who was the cottage’s first guest after its restoration as part of his BBC documentary series ‘Monty Halls’ Great Hebridean Escape’.
Within its incredibly thick walls is a charming open plan living area with a multi-fuel stove at its heart and comfy seating to snuggle up and relax on. There is a handy dining area alongside and a neat, yet fully-equipped, kitchen area with quaint little wood-shuttered windows. The romantic bedroom has a king-size bed and there is also a modern bathroom with a bath and shower over.
Outside, parking is in the gravelled area to the side of the cottage, in the enclosed garden (furniture) from which you can hear the sound of the surf and the calls of the birds. A cute thatched outbuilding houses the laundry facilities and also provides secure storage for bikes, etc. In early summer birds nest in the neighbouring fields and friendly local sheep and free-ranging horses also wander the surrounding area.
There is a beach with beautiful white sand and sparkling turquoise waters just 5 minutes’ walk away at Griminish, as well as another at Hosta (3.5 miles).
The Balranald RSPB Nature Reserve (5 miles) is known for its birdlife including corncrakes, corn buntings, oyster catchers, hen harriers and even whooper swans. There is a lovely nature trail that leads around the rich machair landscape of the reserve, from which you can bird watch, admire the wildflowers and perhaps even spot otters along the way.
To the east of the cottage are further sandy beachs at Malaclate (4 miles) and the crofting township of Sollas (5 miles), which also has a supermarket. The ferry from Uig on Skye arrives into the ‘capital’ of the island Lochmaddy (14.5 miles), which is the shortest route from the mainland. The Uist Outdoor Centre offers various watersports and you can follow a trail from the village to see the ‘Hut of the Shadows’, a camera obscura that is part of Uist Sculpture Trail.
The island is known for its fishing, with brown trout, salmon and some of the best sea trout fishing in the country. History enthusiasts will enjoy a visit to Barpa Langass (14 miles) a 5,000 year old burial chamber from which a rough walking route leads up to the summit of Beinn Langass, with magnificent views of the island. On the descent, the route passes Pobull Fhinn (Finn’s People) which is the only standing stone circle on the island. The remains of the Trinity Temple, regarded as the first University in existence in the UK, can also be seen near Carinish (14 miles).
Grimsay is a small island linked to the southern end of North Uist by a causeway (not tidal). Boat trips run out from its harbour to the Monach islands that are home to many grey seals, and wildlife spotting trips circle the Isle of Ronay from which sea eagles, black-throated divers, gannets and otters can be seen.
A further causeway leads down to Benbecula and then to South Uist. Benbecula has a golf course, a riding centre and even a small airport. South Uist also has a golf course and cycle hire, as well as more historical delights including the ‘Our Lady of the Isles’ monument and the cairn that marks the birthplace of Flora McDonald.
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.
Sitting/dining room/kitchen with multi-fuel stove, TV (Freesat), microwave, electric hob and oven, fridge etc
Double bedroom (king-size)
Bathroom with bath and shower over, WC and wash basin
Outbuilding with washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer
- Linen (Double Bed)
- Sets of towels
- Travel Cot
Bed linen and towels are INCLUDED. Electricity is INCLUDED. Heating is by electric panel heaters (INCLUDED) and multi-fuel stove (starter pack INCLUDED). Water is from a private source which is UV filtered and regularly tested; however (as is typical in many parts of Scotland) it can become discoloured particularly after heavy rainfall. Guests may therefore prefer to bring bottled water to drink. A maximum of 1 dog is welcome at an additional charge (1 large, 1 medium or 1 small). If you wish to bring any other pets please contact us and we will see what we can do. No smoking.
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 (£50)
Changeover Day: Sat
|Rental - Date Range||Sleeps 2|
|04 Mar 2017 - 07 Apr 2017||£465.00|
|08 Apr 2017 - 21 Apr 2017||£565.00|
|22 Apr 2017 - 05 May 2017||£465.00|
|06 May 2017 - 26 May 2017||£565.00|
|27 May 2017 - 02 Jun 2017||£675.00|
|03 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017||£565.00|
|01 Jul 2017 - 01 Sep 2017||£675.00|
|02 Sep 2017 - 22 Sep 2017||£565.00|
|23 Sep 2017 - 13 Oct 2017||£465.00|
|14 Oct 2017 - 27 Oct 2017||£565.00|
|28 Oct 2017 - 20 Dec 2017||£395.00|
|21 Dec 2017 - 27 Dec 2017||£675.00|
|28 Dec 2017 - 06 Jan 2018||£675.00|
|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.