The name Caberfeidh comes from the Scots Gaelic for a Stags Head, and my cottage is a lovely traditional crofter’s cottage with three foot thick walls overlooking sea loch on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides.
The Outer Hebrides is for a particular type of tourist who are not looking for theme parks or a bouncy castle, and people come here to see the deserted golden beaches, fauna and flora, and to appreciate the Outer Hebrides for what it is.
Getting to the Outer Hebrides starts with a journey and getting to the Isle of Lewis requires planning and consideration. On a whim, nature can throw your plans into turmoil, and that’s healthy because it forces you to take stock and think again.
Being physically disconnected from the mainland might just seem like an inconvenience, but it has deeper implications for the way islanders are. For an islander, however the uncertainty of nature is part of the fabric of every day life, and that does something to your psyche. It gives a sense of perspective.
So it comes back to that journey, and whether you can take stock and think again.
The Outer Hebrides are unsurpassed in their beauty and diversity of natural landscapes and species, and few places match their abundance of peaceful, unspoilt habitats. Fewer still have such a rich cultural tradition and human history. The Neolithic settlers of over 6000 years ago being the first communities, as evidenced by the fascinating and well-preserved archaeology – the truly remarkable standing stones of Callanish are older than Stonehenge and pre-date the Egyptian pyramids by over 1000 years.
The Isle or Lewis can be reached by flights from most Scottish airports, and a few English airports, or by ferry from Uig on Skye to Tarbert, or Ullapool to Stornoway.
Although Lewis is the biggest Island in the UK, life here is very different. Even so, you feel a powerful sense of community. It’s as if the surrounding circle of coastline focuses the community feeling.
Set down a side road in a quiet village, the cottage, with its three-foot-thick stone walls, makes a cozy hideaway in winter, when there’s a chance of seeing the spectacular northern lights. In the endless daylight hours of summer, there are superb sandy beaches, wildflower meadows, open moorlands, and rugged cliffs to explore, as well as opportunities to spot the vast variety of bird and animal life.
Whether your ideal holiday is full of adventure and sport, or perhaps less challenging pursuits, Caberfeidh provides the perfect Outer Hebrides base, and will be a joy to return to after a day’s activities.
The cottage is a delightful 3 bedroom detached crofter’s cottage overlooking the sea Loch in the heart of an exceptionally scenic area on the Isle of Lewis.
Caberfeidh offers homely self catering facilities for up to 6 people, in a uniquely peaceful environment, where walkers and those wanting to see wildlife or relax have it all at their doorstep.
Downstairs the accommodation consists of a spacious Lounge/Dining Room, a fully-equipped kitchen, bedroom, bathroom with a separate shower which would suit the elderly or infirm. Also on the Ground Floor is a drying room for walkers to dry their clothes.
Upstairs consists of two large bedrooms, each with one double bed and a single bed. Both bedrooms have sloping roofs. All linen and towels are provided.