Isle of Iona, Near Fionnphort, Isle of MullGuest Rating
Just up the lane from the ferry landing stage on the beautiful Isle of Iona is Erraid, a traditional, whitewashed house that has been beautifully refurbished to provide all 21st century comforts in a traditional setting.
|Sleeps: 8||Bedrooms: 4|
|Changeover Day: Sat||Pets Allowed: Yes (2)|
|No smoking||Bathrooms: 2|
The house has been furnished and equipped with great care and skill in a manner which perfectly complements the style of the house. A sunny porch with handy storage and seating welcomes you. The spacious sitting room has a beamed ceiling and cosy, comfortable seating that is centred round the open fire. With windows on three sides and lovely views of the Abbey, the room is lovely and bright by day and warm and welcoming by night.
The traditional dining room is partially open to the well-equipped and fully up-to-date kitchen so the cook doesn’t have to miss out on all the fun. The large range cooker means that cooking for a group will be child’s play and having the useful utility room housing some of the appliances keeps the main space uncluttered. A family bathroom complete the downstairs accommodation.
Upstairs there are four bedrooms, two doubles and two twin rooms, that are all pleasantly presented in a cosy modern style. There is also a modern, tiled wet room style shower room.
Outside there is an enclosed garden to the rear with a bench where you can sit out and admire the beautiful Abbey.
The house was originally built in 1939 by the retiring lighthouse keeper of Erraid and takes its name from the nearby island, which is where David Balfour thought himself marooned in Robert Louis Stevenson's 'Kidnapped' and nearly starved, until two locals told him he could wade across to the mainland at low tide. Not one of his finer moments!
Iona, that holy island just off the south-western tip of Mull, is surely one of the most captivating and memorable places in the whole of Scotland.
Reached in a couple of minutes by the little foot ferry (no booking necessary) from the village of Fionnphort, you can leave the car behind and escape to another world of peace and incomparable beauty, the memory of which will stay with you long after your holiday is over.
There are very few cars on Iona, making it just perfect for families and children. Buses run to Fionnphort across the Ross of Mull meeting the ferry from Oban at Craignure. What there are, are silver sand beaches lapped by a turquoise sea, quiet lanes and central to it all, the historic Abbey and its environs. Still an important place of retreat and pilgrimage, it was here that Columba first brought Christianity to Scotland in AD 564 and it has retained its unique atmosphere of spiritual tranquillity and blessing ever since.
The village, though small, nevertheless has a well-stocked shop, two eating places (not open all year), a taxi (handy if you arrive with lots of luggage) and cycle hire. One of the particular joys is having it all to yourself when the last evening ferry departs and the tourists have all gone home. Most of the day trippers tend to concentrate on the Abbey, though, while you can cycle or walk the island's length and breadth, enjoying its beaches and keeping an eye out for the local marine wildlife and examples of the green Iona marble, that is popular in Scottish jewellery.
There is also a chance to take in 18 holes at the Iona Golf Course which dates back to 1886 and is laid out on an area of rough grazing land with views to Jura and the USA (if you could see that far)! Golf the way it used to be with sheep and cattle as the course attendants!
Fionnphort, with more facilities, is just that short hop away and from there (or indeed from Iona itself) you can take boat trips to view the seabird colonies on the Treshnish Isles, or the grandeur of Staffa, with the magnificent Fingal's Cave. Or, getting back in your car, you can explore Mull itself. Chances are, though, that the magnetism of Iona and comfort of Erraid will keep you close as it has done so many in the past.
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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 room with open fire and TV/DVD
Kitchen with electric range oven and hob, fridge, freezer, microwave and dishwasher, etc
Utility room with washing machine and second fridge and freezer
Bathroom with bath, WC and wash basin.
Wet room shower, WC and wash basin.
- Linen (Double Bed)
- Linen (Single Bed)
- Sets of towels
- Stair Gate
- Travel Cot
Bed linen and towels are INCLUDED. The first £25 of electricity is INCLUDED with any additional usage payable by meter reading at the end of your stay. Heating is by oil-CH (first £25 INCLUDED) and open-fire. WiFi is INCLUDED (subject to a fair usage policy). Up to two pets are welcome by arrangement. Sorry, no smoking. Please note: as parking is very limited on the island we recommend that you leave your car back at the car park in Fionnphort on Mull.
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).
From 20/12/2020 to 23/12/2020
From 27/12/2020 to 30/12/2020
Changeover Day: Sat
|Rental - Date Range||Sleeps 4||Sleeps 8|
|31 Oct 2020 - 18 Dec 2020||£595.00||£695.00|
|19 Dec 2020 - 27 Dec 2020||£995.00||£995.00|
|28 Dec 2020 - 05 Jan 2021||POA||POA|
|06 Jan 2021 - 05 Feb 2021||£595.00||£750.00|
|06 Feb 2021 - 02 Apr 2021||£795.00||£995.00|
|03 Apr 2021 - 23 Apr 2021||£1,495.00||£1,495.00|
|24 Apr 2021 - 07 May 2021||£795.00||£995.00|
|08 May 2021 - 21 May 2021||£1,495.00||£1,495.00|
|22 May 2021 - 04 Jun 2021||£1,695.00||£1,695.00|
|05 Jun 2021 - 25 Jun 2021||£1,495.00||£1,495.00|
|26 Jun 2021 - 27 Aug 2021||POA||POA|
|28 Aug 2021 - 17 Sep 2021||POA||POA|
|18 Sep 2021 - 08 Oct 2021||POA||POA|
|09 Oct 2021 - 29 Oct 2021||POA||POA|
|30 Oct 2021 - 17 Dec 2021||POA||POA|
|18 Dec 2021 - 27 Dec 2021||POA||POA|
|28 Dec 2021 - 05 Jan 2022||POA||POA|
|06 Jan 2022 - 05 Jan 2023||POA||POA|
|06 Jan 2023 - 05 Jan 2024||POA||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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Prior to travelling the details about the house and the travel arrangements were excellent and very clear. Covid instruc...Read More
Very comfortable, well appointed, great location
Good sized well equipped accomodation
Erraid House is in a great position on Iona. The house is very spacious and everything you need has been provided. The v...Read More
Clean, comfortable beds, spacious, accessible from ferry, we loved it.