Nestled within the craggy landscape of South-East Harris, Crook Cottage is the perfect self-catering getaway.
Harris, one of Scotland's Outer Hebridean Islands, is famous mainly for its traditionally woven tweed. But visitors to the island know that this magical place has a lot more on offer than just fabric: breathtaking scenery, emerald green seas, fresh local food, and white sandy beaches that seem to go on forever make Harris a hidden gem in Scotland's crown.
Visitors will find plenty to do in the area surrounding Crook Cottage. The accommodation overlooks Loch Beacravik (a sea loch), so fishing is just stone's throw away; or perhaps a spot of mussel picking in one of the nearby inlets. Wildlife enthusiasts will find themselves spoiled for choice, with otters, seals, oyster catchers, and the occasional bottle-nosed dolphin all on view from the comfort of the cottage windows (bring some binoculars!). This part of harris has also become well known for its community of local artists, with plenty of nearby galleries to choose from and island paintings or crafts usually on sale.
Self Catering Cottage
2 Double Rooms
LOCAL ATTRACTIONS & ACTIVITIES
Local Artist Galleries
Traditional Tweed Weavers
Local Seafood Restaurants
Crook Cottage dates back to the early 1900s and is a traditionally built Hebridean stone croft house.
Its name derives from the hand-crafted shepherd's crook which was recently discovered within the walls of the kitchen. Tradition has it that such charms, hidden within a building's structure, deter evil spirits from the family home. The ground floor comprises a large lounge and recently fitted open plan kitchen-diner. The lounge, with two large 3-seater sofas, is centred around an oak-framed wrought iron, open fireplace. The window seat, finished with Harris Tweed curtains, also offers beautiful views of Loch Beacravik.
TV, DVD player, WiFi and Hi-fi with a small selection of DVDs and CDs are available. The quintessential country style kitchen-diner is fitted with solid oak worktops and houses a range cooker, fridge-freezer, dishwasher and washing machine. There is also a large dresser with telephone and information resources. Windows to the front aspect offer stunning views across the bay.
Upstairs are two spacious double bedrooms, both with uninterrupted views across the loch. Two further, single, fold-out beds make accommodation more flexible. A travel cot is also available for infants. The bathroom houses a shower over a long and deep tub; perfect for soaking after a day's walk. There is also an electric shaving point, separate toilet, and wash-basin across the landing.
- Two double bedrooms (plus two fold-out beds and a travel cot)
- One bathroom with shower and bath
- Open plan kitchen diner
- Washing machine
- Central heating
- DVD player
- Wrought-iron open fireplace
- Window seats
- Garden to front
- Picnic table
Availability & Booking
Use our online booking system below to see if your dates are available and make a booking. If your stay is for 6 weeks or longer, please contact us for payment details.
Weekly stays are available to book online, with entrance to the property on Saturdays after 4pm.
September to March - £500/week
April to August 2020- £800/week
Crook Cottage is on the Isle of Harris, which is located off the North West coast of Scotland.
If you're travelling from abroad, the nearest major Airport is Aberdeen International. Alternatively,Glasgow and the Nation's Capital, Edinburgh, both have very well served airports, and the drive through the West Highlands up to Harris is not to be missed.
BY CAR & FERRY
Access to Harris is by ferry from either Ullapool on the mainland or Uig on Skye. Caledonian MacBrayne operates both services; booking in advance is advised if you wish to cross at a certain time of day.
Uig/Tarbert Ferry - The ferry crossing from Uig is the most direct, in terms of getting to the cottage. This lands at Tarbert, which is around 10 miles form the cottage. As you disembark the ferry, follow signs for Rodel (Scottish Gaelic: Roghadal). After about 6miles, take the left turn signposted Roghadal and Skoon Art Cafe. Follow signs for Geocrab, continuing on this single-track road for another 4miles or so. Travel through the village of Geocrab, passing the fish farm on your left. Ardslave is signposted and Crook Cottage is the second house on your left.
Ullapool/Stornaway Ferry - The ferry from Ullapool will bring you onto the Isle of Lewis, into the town of Stornaway. Although a separate Island from Harris, Lewis shares the same landmass. From Stornaway, take the A859 south until you reach Tarbert, then follow the instructions above. This is a 44mile journey and takes around 1hr 20mins.
Clicking on the word 'Google' in the bottom left corner to take you to this map on Google Maps (opens in new window).
Scottish Citylink operates regular bus services to mainland ferry ports connecting, where possible, with ferry arrival and departure times. Buses run from most of the major cities in Scotland to the terminal at Ullapool. When you arrive in Stornaway, buses are available to Tarbert, and Buchanan Cottage is on the main bus route from Tarbert to South Harris.
It is possible to fly to the Outer Hebrides, if this is preferable. Stornoway airport is only a five minute drive from the town centre. Car hire facilities and taxis are both available at the airport, and the regular bus services from Stornaway to Harris are easily accessible.
Airlines who provide a regular service to the island include:
- British Airways - Fly to/from Stornoway twice per day from various cities in the UK. Heathrow, London City and Gatwick all fly to Stornoway via either Glasgow or Edinburgh. Any luggage for checking in, will be transferred automatically to your second aircraft during your connection.
- FlyBe - operate flights to/from Stornoway Airport, Barra, Benbecula, Inverness, Glasgow, London and other destinations Monday - Saturday. Limited Sunday flights.
- Eatern Airways - Operates between Aberdeen and Stornoway (Monday-Saturday).