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Carnish Lodge


Carnish Lodge looks out onto one of Scotland's most beautiful beaches, Uig Sands. It is perfect for anyone wishing to experience the very best of what the Outer Hedrides has to offer. Situated on the very edge of Europe, you can relax and enjoy the breathtaking scenery and take advantage of the many outdoor persuits that are available to you. From hillwalking to salmon fishing, surfing (on the beach or in the sea) or simply walking on the miles of golden sand. As you enjoy your holiday don't be surprised to see a Golden Eagle soaring overhead, a salmon leaping, an oyster catcher by the shore, otters in the bay, or a magnificent Stag by the side of the road. Carnish Lodge is tastefully decorated with all the modern conveniences to hand and provides the highest standard of accommodation for up to six people. The house provides a homely feel and is the perfect place to relax! Lets are available on a weekly basis (Saturday to Saturday) and well behaved pets are welcome!

 

One dog's diary of a holiday to Carnish Lodge

Enjoy a short video made by guests that lets you see just how beautiful Carnish is.

 
 

Rates

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General

All lets are Saturday to Saturday and prices are fully inclusive of all costs, towels and linen are provided. Check-in is from 4pm and check-out 10am.

2020 Weekly Prices

Oct 31 - Dec 25     £800

Dec 26, 2020 - Jan 1 £800

2021 Weekly Prices

Jan 2 - Feb 27      £770

Feb 27 - Mar 27   £790

Mar 27 - May 29  £970

May 29 - Jul 3     £1,150

Jul 3 - Aug 7       £1,350

Aug 7 - Sept 4 - £1,450

Sep 4 - Oct 22    £950

Booking terms:

Maximum Occupancy is 6 people

A 20% deposit is required within 7 days of booking, with the balance to be paid 10 weeks prior to the arrival date. Both payments, once made, are non refundable.

We also ask for a refundable deposit of £100 to cover damages or extra cleaning required where our policy on pets and smoking is not adhered to. This is repaid with 5 working days of departure.

The property is also strictly non-smoking

 

Carnish Lodge

Carnish Lodge sits overlooking Uig Sands, famous for being where the 'Lewis Chessmen' were found many years ago.

Uig Bay is a National Scenic Area, one of only 40 in Scotland. The designation reflects the bay's status as an area of unsurpassed attractiveness, something anyone who visits will understand. For those who have read Peter May's Lewis Trilogy, the final book The Chessmen is situated overlooking Carnish and the surrounding area and the Abhainn Dhearg distillery mentioned in the book can be found at the end of the road as you turn into Carnish itself.

Uig captures the perfect mix of breathtaking beaches, rugged mountains and fantastic wildlife that is hard to find anywhere else in the world. 

Accommodation

Bedrooms
Two double and one Twin room, each tastefully decorated and all with views of the sands.

Kitchen
Fully fitted kitchen including SMEG fridge, gas hob, fan assisted oven, microwave, dishwasher and washing machine. Extensive range of cutlery, crockery and glassware are all supplied.

Living room
A relaxing area where you can unwind in front of the open fire and reflect on the day that has been and plan for the day to come.

Bathrooms
There is a bathroom with wc, bath and  shower and a separate shower room with wc.

General
The property is tastefully decorated throughout and benefits from oil fired central heating as well as an open fire.

Wi-fi

4G wi-fi  is available in the property, Freeview TV plus Netflix and

there is a telephone which accepts incoming calls and can be used for emergencies

 

Availability

We are delighted to have been recognised as a Traveller's Choice destination in both 2019 and 2020. To book click on the link below or e-mail us direct.

For Latest Availability Click Below:

https://www.cottages.com/cottages/hebridean-hideaways-carnish-lodge-uk31818?nights=7&adult=2

 
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Lewis and Harris

The Isle of Lewis is the most northerly of the Western Isles, and is part of an archipelago situated on the extreme edge of Scotland. The island is blessed with a diverse range of habitats many of which are rich in wildlife. Although Lewis is the most densely populated of the Western Isles, much of the population is centred in and around Stornoway. This leaves large areas of the island sparsely populated, with most of the small rural communities hugging the coastline.

Lewis has a varied topography, with the land to the north of Stornoway largely comprised of undulating peat moorland and fresh water lochs. This landscape comes to a dramatic climax at the Butt of Lewis where the spectacular cliffs are home to several species of seabird including Fulmar Petrel, Kittiwake, Shag and Black Guillemot. Add to this the spectacle of hundreds of foraging Gannets and passing cetaceans, and you have one of the best wildlife watching areas in the Western Isles.

The southwest of Lewis is a complete contrast to the north, as it contains some of the most beautiful beaches on Lewis, and is altogether a much more rugged landscape. The Uig hills are very rugged indeed and are known to support several pairs of breeding Golden Eagles and a sizeable herd of Red Deer. There have been a number of sightings of White-tailed Eagles in this area, and these magnificent birds are certainly expanding their range following re-introduction to Scotland.

The coastline of the Uig and Bernera district is constantly being pounded by the Atlantic Ocean, and bears the brunt of the southwesterly gales of autumn and winter. This has created a very dramatic landscape where in addition to the wonderful beaches and flower covered machair, there are the majestic cliffs and sea stacks at Mangersta.

Southeast Lewis is a huge contrast to the Uig and Bemera district, as it totally lacks the fertile soils and golden sands. It is however an area that is full of lochs and lochans and these together with the surrounding moorland and rolling hills, provide rich habitats supporting a diverse range of wildlife.

Among the many species that can be seen feeding in this area are: Redshank, Greenshank, Oystercatcher, Curlew, Ringed Plover and Dunlin. Shelduck andRed-breasted Merganser are to be seen on Loch Erisort, and large numbers of Greylag Geese and Lapwing are found throughout the district. Merlin can be seen speeding over the moor in pursuit of Meadow Pipit or Wheatear, and our most common bird osprey the Buzzard is well represented in this part of the island.

Some of the quieter lochs may have a pair of Red Throated Divers fishing on them, and if you are very lucky, you may even spot a pair of the elusive Black Throated Divers. South Lochs is quite a sparsely populated area of Lewis, and is one of the best places on the island to see Otter. Otters are sensitive to human disturbance, and although we have a good population on the islands, the quieter areas tend to be more rewarding for the otter spotter. The central part of Lewis consists of a vast area of peat moorland and bog dotted with many fresh water lochs. Many of these lochs are home to sizable populations of Brown Trout the ancestors of which arrived towards the end of the last Ice Age approximately 10,000 years ago.

This central part of the island has been recognised internationally as an area of great conservation importance due to the large number and variety of breeding birds it supports.

Woodland is a relatively scarce habitat on Lewis, with the most significant area being the Stomoway Woods. This large woodland policy was created by the Matheson family following their purchase of the island in the mid-1840's, and encircles the Lews Castle that was built by Sir James Matheson. The Stornoway Woods support several species of birds and plants that are not to be found elsewhere in the Western Isles, and is home to the only flock of Rooks resident on the island. Attempts have been made to introduce more woodland throughout the islands, but most of this has been in the form of shelterbelts planted with non-native and unsuitable species such as Lodgepole Pine.

Several rivers on Lewis still have significant runs of Salmon and Sea Trout, and sport fishing is very popular. The Guinness Book of Records recorded the highest catch of Salmon by a single individual using a rod and line in one day, on the local Grimersta system of rivers.

Finally, we must not forget the largest and most abundant habitat of all, the sea. The sea surrounding the Western Isles is home to a huge variety of wildlife. Both the Atlantic Grey and Common Seal are to be found, but on Lewis you are most likely to come across the Atlantic Grey that can even be seen regularly in Stornoway Harbour as they follow the fishing fleet in looking for an easy meal. Dolphins, Harbour Porpoise and several species of Whale pass through our coastal waters and can sometimes be seen from the land on a calm day.

There are a number of operators who organise boat trips to take visitors to some of the very inaccessible parts of our coastline, as well as offering trips to St Kilda and the Flannen Isles.

In general, Lewis and its neighbouring island Harris cover a large geographic area, and many hours can be spent travelling around trying to identify good wildlife watching habitats. There are several qualified guides on the island, one of whom is also a qualified wildlife guide. A guided tour in the company of a local guide can help you to optimise your wildlife watching experience and give an insight into island life that is less likely to be gained when travelling on ones own.

Weather

The Gulf Stream keeps the water temperatures around Uig's coastline relatively high all year round. Temperatures very rarely go below freezing in the winter and fresh sea breezes and clear blue skies characterise the summers. If you are planning to visit Uig , depending on what you are looking for, some months of the year are better than others. The warmest weather comes between May and September but winter months can be equally as beautiful as you experience invigorating winds and the full force of the Atlantic waves crashing against the sea cliffs and sandy shores. For watersports enthusiasts, the surf gets better from September onwards.

The weather in the Outer Hebrides can be very varied and range from dramatic storms to serene and still summer nights.

To make the most of the weather we therefore recommend that waterproofs and sunblock are both packed, as they may be required on the same day!


To check the weather forecast for Uig, try the following links:

www.metoffice.com 5 day forecasts for Stornoway give you a fair idea of the weather in Uig. For more accurate forecasts, look at the Shipping and Inshore Waters forecasts for Malin, Hebrides, Bailey to see what is coming in from the Atlantic.

www.xcweather.co.uk more detailed forecasts for Carnish, particularly wind speeds.

www.theyr.net you have to pay to access this site, but it is well worth it for its unrivalled detail and accuracy for forecasts for Uig, great for planning outdoor activities.

Metcheck.com another popular weather site among locals.



 

Getting to Carnish Lodge

 Vehicle ferry:
During the summer, a ferry sails from Ullapool on the mainland to Stornoway 2 or 3 times a day except Sundays, when a reduced service operates.  The service is also slightly reduced during the winter. Journey time: 2 hours 30 minutes. Vehicle reservation required. 

The official Caledonian Macbrayne website lists the current timetables in detail. 

A ferry is also available from Uig in Skye to Tarbert. Harris. Although treated as two separate islands with distinct characteristics, Harris and Lewis form a single landmass. This means you can drive from one to the other. The main road between Stornoway (Lewis) and Tarbert (Harris) is 37 miles which takes about an hour by car or bus.


By Plane

Loganair operate flights to Stornoway from Glasgow, Edinburgh, Manchester, Inverness and Benbecula.

https://www.loganair.co.uk/

Stocking up
Before heading to Carnish it is best to stock up with provisions. For those travelling by car, you will find a large Tesco store opposite the exit from the ferry teminal. Alternatively there is a CO-OP supermarket on the outskirts of Stornoway on the way to Carnish. The town centre also has a Boots the Chemist and other local stores. We would recommend that you pay a visit to Charles Macleod Butchers (Charley Barleys), an excellent butcher and makers of the famous Stornoway Black Pudding. If you are interested in fishing then a visit to Sportsworld in the centre of town is well worth it. Not only is it well stocked with all types of Angling tackle but they have an extensive knoweledge of island fishing.

3 miles before Carnish there is a well stocked Community Shop open Monday to Saturday. As well as day to day provisions the store has an off-licence, sells coal and logs and petrol.

Getting out of Stornoway onto the A859

From the ferry, turn left. At roundabout turn right (straight on to go to town centre). Turn left after The Seaforth Hotel which will be on your right hand side. Continue to the end of this road (there is a petrol station on your left and Charlie Barley's on your right). Turn right at the roundabout and then first left (you will also see the CO-OP store if you wish to visit there), at the end turn left and then follow the directions above.

From the airport.

At the exit turn right and then at the end of the road turn right again. Follow this road until you enter Stornoway. You will pass a petrol station on your left and come to a mini roundabout. Go straight through and then take the next right (you will see the Seaforth Hotel ahead of you on the left). Then follow the directions above. If you wish to visit Tesco's carry on straight passed the The Seaforth Hotel and at the end of the road turn left. You will see the store on your left hand side after about 500 yards.

Getting to Carnish Lodge
TRAVEL OUT OF STORNOWAY ON THE A858. TRAVELLING TOWARDS LOCHS, PASS LEURBOST SCHOOL ON YOUR LEFT HAND SIDE (APPROX 6 MILES), TAKE YOUR FIRST RIGHT AFTER THE SCHOOL - SIGN POSTED FOR UIG. TRAVEL ON UNTIL YOU REACH  GARYNAHINE, TAKE THE FIRST LEFT (THE B8011) SIGN POSTED FOR UIG. FOLLOW THIS FOR SOME WAY (APPROXIMATELY 20 MILES), YOU WILL PASS  A RIGHT TURN FOR VALTOS. CONTINUE ON THE ROAD, BY PASSING VALTOS AND TIMSGARRY. FOLLOW THE SIGN FOR CARNISH, TAKE THE RIGHT TURNING INTO THE VILLAGE. FOLLOW THIS ROAD AND, AS YOU DRIVE ROUND THE BAY THE PROPERTY IS THE FIRST YOU COME TO ON YOUR LEFT HAND SIDE. IT IS APPROXIMATELY 38 MILES FROM STORNOWAY.

FROM HARRIS, FOLLOW SIGNS FOR STORNOWAY. AFTER APPROX. 32 MILES YOU WILL PASS A SIGN FOR LUERBOST. TAKE NEXT LEFT (SIGNPOSTED FOR UIG) AND FOLLOW DIRECTIONS ABOVE.

Car Hire

Car and van hire is available from the airport and you are advised to book your vehicle in advance of arrival. The car hire booking area is situated within the airport terminal very close to the arrivals carousel.

Carhire Hebrides

For further details or to book call 01851 706500 or see www.carhire-hebrides.co.uk/

Stornoway Car Hire

To book please call 01851 702658

email: info@stornowaycarhire.co.uk

website: www.stornowaycarhire.co.uk

3 Carnish, Uig, Isle of Lewis HS2 9EX

07452906702

 

Full Terms and Conditions

Booking terms

A 20% deposit is required within 7 days of booking, with the balance to be paid 10 weeks prior to the arrival date. Both payments, once made, are non refundable.

We also ask for a refundable deposit of £100 to cover damages or extra cleaning required where our policy on pets and smoking is not adhered to. This is repaid with 5 working days of departure.

The property is also strictly non-smoking

Party Numbers

Under no circumstances may more than the maximum number of persons, as stated on the booking, occupy the property. Should this condition not be met we reserve the right to cancel the booking with immediate effect without refund. Furthermore, if for any reasonable reason the owner's believe that those hiring the property are (in their sole opinion)  unsuitable then the booking shall be revoked without refund.

Hirer's Responsibility

At the end of the hire the property should be left (as it was found)  in a clean and tidy condition, as must the property as a whole. Where additional cleaning is required a charge may be levied.

Pets

Pets are welcome on the ground floor of the property, excluding the bedroom. Any damage, additional cleaning etc required as a result of the pet will result in an additional charge being made.

Please note that Carnish Lodge is situated in a working crofting community and dogs therefore should be kept under control at all times.

Smoking

The property is strictly no smoking. Any additional cleaning required as a result of smoking in the property will result in  an additional charge to be made.

Use of Open Fire

Please enjoy the fire responsibly. Do not 'overload' the fire grate or leave the fire unattended for any length of time. For safety reasons the fire guard should be used at all times.

Damage

During the period of hire all damages are the responsibility of the hirer and should be paid for. A full itinerary of items is made available to hirers. Any items missing at the end of the hire will also require to be paid for.

Disruption to travel

Occasionally ferries or flights may be delayed or cancelled due to adverse weather or other reasons. We cannot be held responsible for such events and no refunds will be given.

Insurance

We recommend that you take out adequate insurance to cover you holiday.

Outdoor activities

Please ensure that you are adequately prepared and clothed for all outdoor activities.

Vehicles/Personal Property

All property is left at the owner's risk