Welcome to Áiridh a' Bhaigh ( The Shieling by the Bay )a luxury 5 Star Hebridean holiday cottage.
***** SPECIAL DEALS *****
The cottage is full of peace, quiet, relaxation and Hebridean Character. To welcome you on arrival at the cottage we are offering a special complimentary welcome pack of local award winning products to give you a true taste of the magical Hebrides.....and beyond !
***** GUEST COMMENTS *****
The following guest reviews are a small sample of some of the comments left in our Guest comments book in the cottage and online via the independent guest review site upfront Reviews.
A sample of comments taken directly from Upfront Reviews
We have already recommended The Shieling to friends. It is the perfect place to stay if you are visiting the Uists. The location is good, beside a small loch and roughly half-way up the islands. It has all the modern comforts yet at the same time it is a historic building. Angus has done a great job in restoring this cottage. The peat stove is great fun and very easy to use and the kitchen is very well equipped.
This cottage is just a perfect place to stay for visiting the outer hebrides. All the rooms are in best condition, equipment is excellent. Being a fan of remote places, I can absolutely recommend the Shieling by the bay. Angus, the landlord, is always there on case you need help or advice. In total, I would rate this cottage with six out of five stars. Just perfect!!!!
This was our second visit to the Shieling by The Bay and we thoroughly enjoyed it. The property is well placed to explore the whole island chain and is beautifully situated on the side of the loch. There is wildlife in abundance & the cottage itself is a real 'home from home'. There are numerous little touches that make the while experience even more magical.
The customer service from Angus & his team is second to none. We visited during the gales in November 2015 & Angus was in touch well in advance to ensure we knew where the candles & battery operated lights were kept, so we were prepared just in case there was a power cut...which there wasn't! The welcome pack was delicious & the roaring fire which greeted us as we walked into the cottage was very much appreciated on a cold, wet November evening!
Thank you once again Angus, I'm sure we'll be back...maybe in summer next time, as we'd love to explore the coastline from the water!
In three years, we spend five weeks in this wonderfull cottage. Again we had a marvelous time: Shieling by the Bay, the surrounding and the whole Island ist a great place to stay, to watch birds, otters, ...Time to rest!
The cottage is a beautiful stone thatched building standing beside a loch. The interior is adorned with bespoke fittings and furniture throughout and is simply luxurious.
We have stayed at many cottages throughout the Western Isles but never at one such as this which had absolutely everything you could possibly need from kitchen utensils, to even a bathroom gown.
The area has its own doorstep wildlife. We saw Hen Harrier and Merlin over the cottage and seals in the loch.
Angus provided us with substantial pre-trip information which helped us make the most of our visit, particularly useful as we were first time visitors to the Uists. On arrival we were met by Katrina who was standing in for her sister Lena. She gave us a very warm welcome and comprehensive tour of the cottage. We were also presented with a lovely hamper consisting of smoked salmon, scallops and a quality champagne.
During our two-week stay, Angus contacted us by both email and once by phone to check that we had everything we needed and ensure we were enjoying our stay. This never felt intrusive and in fact he gave us information which helped us see otters at Loch Ainort.
We had a fantastic fortnight discovering the beauty and wildlife of these isles with the added bonus of knowing that we would be returning each evening to a lovely warm cottage with a peat burning fire.
Everything about the cottage and the island is breathtaking. We loved our stay and it won't be long until we return.
It was a real change to stay in a cottage which is such as strong part of the history of the island. Angus has done an amazing job in restoring the property. It is ideally positioned to explore all of the islands in the Outer Hebrides.
This is luxury taken to the next level. Everything about the cottage is absolutely sensational, from the superbly equipped kitchen to the wonderful hand-made bedroom furniture and the top class bathroom fittings. You even have the full Sky package although given the beautiful setting of the property you might not even use it. To top it all, the care and attention of Angus and Lena made it an incomparable stay for us.
Comments taken from the cottage guest comments book (T)
We love the Uists and the Cottage. A wonderful Honeymoon Thank You ! Get to An Sollas beach if you can - surely the world as was intended ! A lovely honeymoon - thank You! G & H Edinburgh
ABSOLUTELY MAGICAL ! We absolutely loved our stay here ..... The Cottage is truly wonderful.... a real haven! The setting in these stunning Outer Hebrides is incredible and we had an exceptional escape here. Every little detail in the cottage is perfect. Special thanks to Angus for making us feel so cared for and adding an extra warmth to the experience. thank you. J & C Newcastle UK.
"Thank you so much Angus & Lena for making the cottage so welcoming. It truly is Luxurious and the welcome goodies are such a nice touch. We may not have had the Indian summer that the rest of the UK was having but we've had some wonderful days on the hills and beaches and we recommend the walk to Loch Skipport. We didn't see the otters at the cottage but plenty of seals, their pups and Golden Eagles. K & S Berks.
We had a lovely time, very relaxing and so different from our hectic lifestyles. We saw wild horses and found an Oyster with a pearl inside !!!!! Truly magical. Excellent pre arrival service ! Thank you. P & M Poland & London
The pre-arrival service was excellent as is the cottage itself. It is so very comfortable with such lovely touches and everything is highest quality - you should be very proud of the oasis that you have created here. We had the most relaxing stay - Thank you ! We expected rain every day but actually had a good week. Sunday was wall to wall sunshine - is this really the Outer Hebrdes ?! we then had wind - lots of it but were able to walk and we ended the week with sunshine and a wonderful visit to Barra. Thanks again - we really feel relaxed and had a wonderful time !! S & R Nairn.
We had a wonderful honeymoon up here on Uist. The cottage has just been perfect, delightful - everything is so beautiful . Thank you very very much. T & C Canada
"An amazing cottage which along with all the extra touches of Champagne, chocolates and Hebridean goodies made our stay special and a highlight of our honeymoon. We were very lucky to see Otters swimming and playing in the loch over the hill at the cottage. We can recommend the food at Orasay Inn ( Best to book in advance). We have had a fantastic time and are hoping for a return visit, Thank you ! A & S Shropshire
"Thank you so much - what a beautiful cottage! The Luxury little touches made us feel very spoiled. The perfect place for our honeymoon." P & F - Aviemore Scotland.
"We have had a fantastic stay in this stunningly beautiful location and cottage. thank you for all your thoughtful touches which have made our stay here so special. Really loved our picnic on the hill above the cottage, seeing the seals both in the bay and at the point and walking along the amazing beaches on Uist" S & J - Devon
"Despite a couple of rainy first days we've had a wonderful time here. if it is wet outside then there is no nicer place to be holed up in - all the modern amenities but full of traditional charm.We've seen seals by only looking out the cottage window, sat up on the hill at the picnic table watching the sun rise. Two fantastic walks - one at the foot or rueval and the other at Udal peninsula on North Uist. A really wonderful place to stay, Thank you. K & L - Glasgow / London.
See blog post by Ken & Lesley following their stay. //kensharp/blog/2011/09/19/holiday-on-uist/
"Amazing cottage, fabulously peaceful setting, all in all a marvelous week away. Thank you." S & C - Glasgow
"The ideal place to spend my 50th Birthday. Thank you very much. A great place to paddle from - plenty of wildlife." ( Paddled from the bay at the cottage to the Atlantic Ocean ! ) R & S - Edinburgh
"You truly have an amazing place here! Everything was to the highest standard and you anticipated every need. The setting is wonderful and very convenient for touring North uist and all the Islands. I doubt that there is a finer place to stay in the Hebrides. Well done and I give it 5 stars" PT - Maine - USA
"We had a wondeful stay. The highlight was the Cottage itself which we instantly fell in love with. The decor and facilities are of an exceptionaly high standard and the attention to detail did not go un-noticed. We look forward to returning in the not too distant future." A, L & C - Glasgow