Looking over house turf roof towards Eaval
Image Alt TextView from the private balcony over Loch a'Ghoill to Eaval in November
Looking east from the car park over house turf roof to Eaval
Front of the house showing the private balcony on the lochside
Sunrise over Eaval in November as seen from the private balcony
Looking north on to the south face of the house from the road

Taigh Dòbhrain, or Otter House nestles on the edge of Loch a' Ghoill.  The house is truly unique, its stone cladding and turf roof blend into the surrounding landscape disguising an eco-construction, beautiful and modern, cosy nest for two. The private loch-side balcony has stunning views across the water and moors to Eaval and Bureaval and could be the ideal place for breakfast, a glass of wine, or dinner?
Taigh Dòbhrain is the ultimate place to relax and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of this traditional North Uist crofting township. Watch wildlife and the ever changing skies of the Hebrides, relax in comfort by the wood burning stove or set out and explore the unspoilt beaches, moors and heritage of these islands. What will you choose…….

 

Just the right size for two, is one of the best descriptions of the cottage.  Walking down the staircase to the cave entrance then to the front door, the spacious interior of the cottage opens up in front of you.  The view from the windows almost looks to be on the lochs edge framing the majesty of Eval in the distance.  Cozy comfortable warmth is provided by the log burning stove to sit in front of, snuggled up on the two seater love seat.  The bedroom has a luxurious double bed the window providing the picture postcard view of Eval. What a way to wake up for a lazy day in your personal hideaway or start to an Island adventuring.

 

In a few places often only know to the locals you can see otters in the Western Isles.  One of the attractions of a holiday on North Uist is the abundance of wildlife, which can boast of a magnificent RSPB reserve of Balranald just a short drive from the cottage.  If you are watching at the right time, might be lucky enough to see the family of otters which use a path beside the cottage.  You will also most likely see other local wildlife, birds, deer, and the occasional sheep.  All this from the comfort of the cosy armchair or even relaxing on the private lochside balcony.  The choice is yours.

 

Few other places in Scotland can offer such a variety of landscapes in such a compact area.  The cottage sits on the side of fresh water loch looking over moorland populated with the local deer herd.  Less than 50 meters away is the sea loch, Loch Eupoirt.  Offering a multitude of tidal pools for the adventurous to explore.  Looking for sandy, deserted beaches, look not further than Clachan Sands, this is just one of many deserted sandy beaches just waiting to be discovered.  Maybe you would like to walk a little in land and discover Pobull Fhinn a stone circle very close to the cottage.  That is just some of the many secrets just waiting to be discovered around North Uist.

 

In the township of Sidinish where the cottage is located, there is a unique landscape of a traditional crofting community.  In so many ways the landscape is both unique and beautiful.  Many of the crofts surrounding the cottage are used as working crofts.  There is not unsurprisingly a thriving artist community in and around Locheport.  The combination of friendly locals and a slower pace of life gives the area feeling which is better experienced than described.  Why not come and stay let us know what you think.