It is the time of year again when many people start thinking of their summer holidays and so I thought to post a little advert for Dollag's Cottage a recently refurbished croft house, sitting on a working croft, on the West Side of the Isle of Lewis in the Hebrides.
Dollag's Cottage at 7 South Shawbost
The cottage is in the ideal location for a family holiday with a sandy beach only a short walk away. It sleeps 6 with one double room and two twins and has everything you need for a family holiday and a relaxing break. Unfortunately because it is on a working croft pets are not allowed. The cottage is located in the small village of Shawbost (Siabost in Gaelic and which actually comes from the Norse for "western farm" or "western homestead") and is only about 20 minutes from the famous Callanish standing stones, about half an hour from the town of Stornoway with its airport and ferry terminal and a short walk from a Norse Mill, local stone circle and a good trout loch. For the angler there are literally hundreds of trout lochs on the island and most are free fishing and salmon fishing is also available with some free of charge. It is hard to beat a picnic overlooking a remote Lewis trout loch:
There are many beaches in the area and most are very lightly used while some are world famous and considered among the best in the world:
There is also some excellent stalking available in the area on wonderful ground. Lewis only has red deer:
Lewis also makes an ideal destination for those interested in wildlife with golden and sea eagles relatively common, otters on many of the lochs and even a good selection of whales of many types including a pod of killer whales which are often observed from the shoreline on the east of the island. The large areas of blanket bog are alive with birds in the spring: