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Sgeir a'Chais

Loch Grosebay, Isle of Harris

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The transformation of this simple Hebridean cottage, on the shores of Loch Grosebay on the beautiful Isle of Harris, has been a real labour of love for the enthusiastic owners.

Quick Info

Sleeps: 2 Bedrooms: 1
Changeover Day: Sat Pets Allowed: No
No smoking Bathrooms: 1
Licence No: ES00236F
  • No Smoking
  • Open Fire/Solid Fuel Stove

Once a tin-roofed, tin-walled, rather dilapidated bothy, the ugly duckling has become a swan indeed, having been re-roofed, triple glazed, heavily insulated, freshly painted and completely renovated inside. Holiday makers lucky enough to rent it will certainly have cause to marvel at its 'before and after' pictures.

Standing a little back from the quiet, single-track road, snuggling into the hill behind, with views of the inlet to the front it is a most desirable Hebridean hideaway for two people.

Inside, the attractive sitting room has an exposed feature stone wall and solid-fuel stove to keep it nice and cosy, as well as an attractive dining area. The modern and very well-equipped kitchen has plenty of space for cooking and even has a dishwasher so there is no need to debate over whose turn it is to do the dishes! The double bedroom has a pine clad ceiling and a romantic sleigh bed and there is a spacious shower room with large walk-in shower that completes the indoor accommodation.

Just alongside the cottage, what was once an ancient workshop has been transformed into a private sauna with superb views out over the loch. It works on a coin meter, so why not bring along your robes and some £2 pound coins for that little extra treat.

Sgeir A'Chais is just as comfortable in winter as it is in summer - the owners have road tested it to make completely sure! The triple glazing, excellent insulation, electric blanket on the bed, effective electric heating from a 100% renewable source and most of all the cosy glow from the handmade Scottish stove ensure you'll be snug as can be, whatever the weather outside!

Outside, the cottage sits in a rough grassed garden (furniture) that is on several levels with a stream running through it (care to be taken).

Map & Local

The nearest place of any size is Tarbert (restaurants and shops), where the ferry docks from Uig on Skye, while down at the southern tip of Harris is Leverburgh, (small supermarket and restaurant), from where you can take a ship for North Uist and a spot of island hopping.

Harris is quite stunning with unspoilt white sandy beaches that meet the clear azure sea. On the east coast there are numerous rocky bays that lead to heather-clad hills dotted with small lochs. The little road on which the cottage stands forms part of the Harris Walkway, a 20 mile trail which runs from the slopes of 'the Clisham' to the west coast at Seilebost. There is plenty of wildlife to spot with golden eagles having been spotted at the North Harris Eagle Observatory, as well as many other species of birds.

Cycles can be hired locally, there are cruises around the neighbouring coastline and even the possibility of taking a day trip out to the World Heritage Site of lonely St Kilda, 40 miles out in the Atlantic - truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Northton is home to the Seallam Visitor Centre which houses the Western Isles Genealogy Research Centre, as well as some popular cafés. There is another excellent restaurant at Rodel, just a few miles beyond Leverburgh.

Local Events and Attractions


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

Sitting room with solid fuel stove and TV/DVD (limited channels)
Kitchen with electric cooker, dishwasher, washing machine, etc
Double bedroom
Shower/wet room with WC and wash basin
Sauna (in separate building with £2 coin meter).

What's included

Linen (Double Bed)
Sets of towels (per person)


Bed linen and towels are INCLUDED. Electricity is INCLUDED. Heating is by electric heaters and solid-fuel stove (starter pack 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

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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).

Changeover Day: Sat

Rental - Date Range Sleeps 2
22 Jun 2024 - 19 Jul 2024 £650.00
20 Jul 2024 - 23 Aug 2024 £675.00
24 Aug 2024 - 13 Sep 2024 £575.00
14 Sep 2024 - 04 Oct 2024 £475.00
05 Oct 2024 - 25 Oct 2024 £575.00
26 Oct 2024 - 19 Dec 2024 £395.00
20 Dec 2024 - 27 Dec 2024 £650.00
28 Dec 2024 - 05 Jan 2025 £650.00
06 Jan 2025 - 31 Jan 2025 £395.00
01 Feb 2025 - 04 Apr 2025 £475.00
05 Apr 2025 - 25 Apr 2025 £575.00
26 Apr 2025 - 02 May 2025 £475.00
03 May 2025 - 23 May 2025 £575.00
24 May 2025 - 30 May 2025 £650.00
31 May 2025 - 27 Jun 2025 £575.00
28 Jun 2025 - 18 Jul 2025 £650.00
19 Jul 2025 - 29 Aug 2025 £675.00
30 Aug 2025 - 12 Sep 2025 £575.00
13 Sep 2025 - 03 Oct 2025 £475.00
04 Oct 2025 - 24 Oct 2025 £575.00
25 Oct 2025 - 19 Dec 2025 £395.00
20 Dec 2025 - 27 Dec 2025 £650.00
28 Dec 2025 - 05 Jan 2026 £650.00
06 Jan 2026 - 05 Jan 2027 POA
06 Jan 2027 - 05 Jan 2028 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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Comfortable and in a lovely location. Just as described in the property information


lovely cottage. Very clean. Fire and sauna a bonus. Loved the location. Minor issue as didn't know the sauna took £2 coi...

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What a lovely little cottage in a perfect location with views of the water. Kitchen was well equipped and the sauna was ...

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Thank you for taking the time to leave a review - a sauna for Christmas sounds ideal.

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The cottage was just ok. Even though the listing said the heating was electric and a stove. The main heating in the cott...

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We were pleased to hear that you found the location good for exploring Harris. The owner was very sorry to hear that you...

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This is a nice cottage, well equipped and a stunning location. Nice touches such as the Prosseco and slippers. We were d...

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We were very pleased to hear that you found the cottage well equipped and enjoyed the stunning location. The owner was v...

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