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Hebridean thatched cottage just a stroll from white sandy beach - sleeps 4.

Bedrooms 1
Space 344 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Luxury thatched cottage on Isle of Berneray, Outer Hebrides - sleeps 4, just a stroll from the beach.

Lamraig Cottage is a traditional marram thatched cottage, within a group of historic listed buildings on the northern shore of Bays (sea) Loch on the Isle of Berneray in the Outer Hebrides. The cottage combines traditional and eco building principles with all the modern conveniences (underfloor heating, internet etc) to offer an unique and enchanting holiday experience.

There is an open plan kitchen, dining and living area with views to the sea and shore. A wood burning stove makes sure you will always be cosy when you return home from your walk on the beach. The double bedroom has a handcrafted box bed with a view along the shore. Upstairs there is a sleeping platform with twin futons accessed by a wooden stepladder. For the kids only (no adults allowed!!), there is a den with beanbags and starlights. This extra space means everyone can get a bit of chill time to do their own thing.

The bathroom has a vintage cast iron bath and there is a constant supply of hot water, so no matter what time of day you can indulge yourself in a relaxing deep tub with a book. There is, also, a separate walk in shower area with vintage shower head that just never seems to run out of hot water.

The cottage is set in its own established garden with the option to eat outside, enjoy the view or simply relaxing in privacy. With a turf roofed utility outhouse there is plenty of space to dry out laundry or store outdoor kit.

Situated within 20m of the shore of Bays Loch and the Loch Watersee saline lagoon you may be able to catch a glimpse of playing otters, foraging and nesting waders and cormorants fishing quarry trapped in the lagoon by the falling tide. A 2 min walk from the cottage is the beautiful East beach where you can stroll along white sands overlooking the island studded Sound of Harris, wade in turquoise waters and collect shells, including tiny cowrie. The West-side beach, (20 min walk or 5 min drive), offers 3 miles of uninterrupted white sands and picture book views over turquoise waters to the islands of Pabbay, Boreray and the world heritage site of St Kilda.

Berneray has a post office and the grocery, Ardmaree stores, is very well stocked and also has a friendly cafe for lunchtime, tea/coffee and cakes.

If you fancy an evening out, Langass Lodge, Hamersay House and Lochmaddy Hotel are only 10-15 mins away by car.

During the day Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum and Art Gallery has a gift shop and cafe and is a great place to find out about local history and culture. It, also, has a programme of music and art events which are advertised on their website.

Balranald bird reserve is only 30 mins away and during the summer months you are bound to get up close to a croaking corncrake, while en-route in the Spring you can stop off at the golden eagle nest watching site.

However, the Berneray beaches are so beautiful, the machair so full of flowers, the fly fishing on Bhrusda loch so unforgettable ... that all you need to do is breath the fresh Hebridean air, relax and take some time out in Lamraig cottage.

More Details

Meg Rodger
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
19 May, 2017

About Meg Rodger

We live and work on the Isle of Berneray so will be on hand to welcome you to Lamraig Cottage and provide all the local information and assistance required. Our young sons speak Gaelic so can even act as local translators!!

Amongst other business activities, we run a croft at Sunhill producing knitting yarn and sheepskins from our flock of Hebridean sheep via my business The Birlinn Yarn Company (http://www.birlinnyarn.co.uk). As a seasonal product each Autumn we also sell Hebridean Lamb via mail order and to local customers and hotels.

We are interested in wildlife and water sports (surfing, kayaking, diving etc.) so can provide local knowledge on the best locations.

Meg Rodger purchased this cottage in 2001

Why Meg Rodger chose Hebrides

We have family connections with the island and it is where we have now lived, worked and brought up our family for the past 17 years. Island life is simple and quiet, it offers visitors the opportunity to take time out, slow down and relax.

The cottage is the perfect base explore our beautiful white sandy beaches, wonderful wildlife and indulge in water sports in clear Hebridean water.

Our community is very hospitable and on your return visit you will be welcomed like long lost friends.

What makes this cottage unique

The cottage is within the island community but benefits from having its own private patch of tranquillity right on the shore. Once you park-up you may not need to get back in the car again until you go for the ferry. If able, bring bikes and stretch you legs on the quiet island roads down to the beach, off to the shop or to take in the scenery. The peace and tranquillity enable you to unwind while taking in the fresh air and simply just relax.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Berneray in Scottish Highlands & Islands

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 344 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Vintage cast iron bath and walk in shower.
  • A spacious bathroom with walk-in wet-room shower and separate vintage newly refurbished cast iron bath.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , Hand crafted box bed with view along the shore.
    Sleeping platform - 2 Single Bed , Twin sleeping platform accessed by wooden stepladder.
  • Sleeps 4 (Double box bedroom & twin sleeping platform) Double wood lined bedroom with hand crafted box bed and views along the shore. The sleeping platform has two single futons and is accessed by a wooden stepladder (suitable for age 4+). There is also a futon sofa bed in the living area for those that might not quite manage the wooden step ladder. The cottage is perfect for a couple and cosy for four.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • bay
  • museums
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Take some time out on our Hebridean island to relax, breath the fresh sea air, walk on our empty sandy beaches and restore your energy levels in this tranquil and romantic setting. This converted thatch cottage was short-listed for a Scottish Government design award when it was first renovated in 2003. Its small exterior defies an amply spacious interior, which is tastefully furnished with all the comforts required for a simple island holiday. It is the perfect base for walks on the beach, enjoying the bird and wildlife, learning more about Hebridean culture and customs, enjoying local delicacies of seafood, water sports and island hospitality. Security is not an issue here and with quiet roads, children can spread their wings and enjoy a sense of freedom unheard of on the mainland. To truly understand the beauty of our island, the slower pace of life, the machair flowers, golden eagles, otters, turquoise water and white sand beaches – you need to come and experience it for yourself.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(13 traveller reviews)


Character property in great location

  • 5 of 5

Carefully renovated cottage - nice balance of retaining original features and providing mod cons. Meg was very helpful in communication and after we arrived - nice welcome pack, including home made scones and jam.

Cottage is well located - right on the shore and you can enjoy beach and/or hill walks from the door. Near to another well converted cottage but the respective orientations mean you're not really aware of it.

Berneray is a relaxing place to visit and, with the causeway to North Uist and the ferry to Harris, it is well located for exploring the other islands

  • Review Submitted: May 1, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review. I am so glad you had a good holiday. It was great to meet you both. Maybe we will see you again sometime.
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Fabulous property in an amazing location

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at Lamraig Cottage on Berneray. Such a beautifully restored blackhouse/croft in an amazing location right next to the sea. Our host was very welcoming and the cottage had every facility we could wish for including lovely and toasty underfloor heating. The traditional box bed was a little hard for our comfort but then we are a couple of old crocs with bad backs! We would recommend this property to anybody looking to get away from it all.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 6, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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I would have 6 if I could

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful cottage in a beautiful location . The cottage is very well equipped and very comfortable. It is as pretty as a picture, with views out of every window . The beaches on the island are breathtaking we have had a wonderful week . Meg the owner of the cottage was lovely and very helpful. The Ardmaree store on the island is very well stocked the owner and staff made us feel very welcome. I would recommend Berneray and Lamraig to everyone ☺☺☺☺☺☺

  • Review Submitted: May 13, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for a lovely review. So glad you had a good holiday on the wee Isle of Berneray. It was lovely to meet you both and maybe we will see you again sometime. You didn't even have time to meet my sheep!
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Fabulous traditional thatched cottage in a wonderful location on the shore.

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay in a lovely & cosy traditional cottage. The cottage was spotless, it had everything needed for a very comfortable holiday including underfloor heating and a wood burner, perfect to come home to after a bracing walk. It's right on the shoreline and has a long white sandy beach nearby. Meg left delicious scones & other provisions to tide us over; a jug of fresh flowers was a nice touch. The local shop was handy to top up provisions, the little cafe next door sold light meals & great home made soup, everyone was really friendly. Meg & Anderw were very helpful and deserve to have a ' full house' all season. We were so relaxed when leaving, this cottage & island really slowed us down & we want to return another day.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 16, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Rosie for such a lovely review it is much appreciated. Best wishes Meg
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Idyllic holiday retreat

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed a truly relaxing week away - it really was like a home from home and were made extremely welcome by Meg and everyone we met on the island.

The location is fabulous, tranquil and so close to a beautiful beach, which is one of many on the island, offering great walks and wildlife.The photographs and the description on the website are exact and we can endorse all the comments in previous reviews.

We wholeheartedly recommend Lamraig Cottage, we had a wonderful week and came home happy and relaxed. Thank you Meg.

Sarah & Mike

  • Review Submitted: Jul 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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The perfect Island retreat

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in Berneray as part of our Honeymoon and we really could not have asked for more from our stay at Meg's beautiful cottage. From booking through to check out Meg could not have been more helpful - remaining very flexible to our changing plans, running us through the various functionalities of the house, walking us through the tourist highlights in the area and even baking fresh scones for our arrival! The house itself is spotless and brilliantly equipped with everything you'll need for your break on the Island - it is super cosy with underfloor heating and a wood burning stove that very efficiently heats the entire home. The house is perfectly positioned right on the water and close to the East beach - you'd be hard pressed to find a more relaxing and tranquil spot. We hope to be back very soon!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Summer Season
30 Apr 2017 - 23 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Autumn Season
24 Sep 2017 - 28 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Winter break 2018
24 Feb 2018 - 24 Mar 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Spring 2018
25 Mar 2018 - 28 Apr 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Summer 2018
29 Apr 2018 - 29 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Autumn 2018
30 Sep 2018 - 27 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Changeover Day:
Saturday changeover. Please arrive after 16:00 and depart before 10:00am. It would be very much appreciated if you could leave the cottage clean and tidy on departure.

Notes on prices:
Short stays of a minimum of 3 nights are only available out with peak season at a rate of £85/night. We would be happy to discuss discounts for longer period winter lets for those wishing to take advantage of office/studio facilities in a tranquil location.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.