Glamping holidays in 2 luxury en-suite, self-catering, camping cabins, with a camp fire & BBQ area. Located in an area of outstanding natural beauty with a stunning Hebridean beach nearby. For online booking see the Mangersta Croft Wigwams website.
Situated in the idyllic coastal village of Mangersta, in Uig on the Isle of Lewis, we offer glamping holidays in 2 luxury en-suite, camping cabins, with self-catering facilities, a camp fire and barbecue area.
Designated a National Scenic Area, due to the outstanding natural beauty of the coastal landscape, Uig is particularly noted for its numerous white shell sand beaches, rocky coves, crystal clear turquoise seas, dramatic cliffs and gentle machair grasslands which are carpeted with wild flowers during the summer months. A hidden escape in one of the most beautiful and remote parts of the Outer Hebrides.
Mangersta Croft Wigwams® aim to give visitors a truly unique and affordable accommodation offer. The independence of self-catering facilities, available for short stay and nightly holiday lets. Family friendly, comfortable rooms which sleep up to 4 people per Wigwam®. The fun of a camping holiday but within the cosy warmth and shelter of a fully insulated, double glazed and heated camping pod with its own private en-suite sports shower and toilet. Guests can bring sleeping bags or there is the glamorous camping option to hire duvets, pillows, sleeping bags and towel packs. Both Wigwams® are equipped with a double bed, a double sofa bed, a mini kitchen with sink, 2 ring hob, microwave and fridge, cooking utensils and crockery, table and chairs. Uig Community Shop is located 5 miles away and is well stocked with fresh produce, household supplies, off-licence, fuel and launderette facilities.
The Wigwams® are located on a working croft where we keep a small herd of Aberdeen Angus cattle, Hebridean sheep, poultry, grow fodder crops and vegetables. A small studio gallery is also on site displaying, pastels, paintings, photography and handmade paper by Mangersta Croft Wigwam® owners Derek Scanlan and Elsie Mitchell.
Free range croft eggs can be purchased for a tasty breakfast, but for that special meal why not try catching your own dinner? Fish for brown trout in the lochs, mackerel from the rocks or gather cockles from local beaches. For the ultimate sea-food meal, hand-dived scallops can be purchased on summer afternoons from a local diver at Maivig Pier.
Mangersta makes an ideal base for a range of outdoor activities. There are fantastic coastal walks from the Wigwams®. Artists, photographers, film-makers and writers will find themselves in an inspiring landscape, vividly described in the novel “The Chessmen” by Peter May. Fans of his Lewis trilogy will enjoy discovering the dramatic back-drop to the books including the giant boulder valley and the vast expanse of sand around Uig Bay.
Climbers may want the challenge of the Mangersta sea-cliffs which are a convenient 10 minute walk from the Wigwams®. Named climbing routes can be found in UK climbing guides. The cliffs here were used as a stand in for St Kilda during the filming of the aerial cliff dance sequences in the acclaimed St Kilda Opera.
To the south east of the village the Uig Hills rise up from the sea. These are the highest on the Isle of Lewis. Mealaisbhal, summit height 574m, is close-by, a walk to the summit and back takes 5-6 hours. Bird watchers flock to the island for good reasons. The croft fields and coastal heath provide a habitat for birds like the corncrake, snipe, golden plover, lapwing and skylarks. The sea-cliffs are home to colonies of Fulmar. Gannets can be watched from the shore diving for fish. Red Throated Divers breed on moorland lochans. A male Snowy Owl is a much documented visitor and both Golden Eagles and White Tailed Eagles are known to breed in the Uig Hills.
Mangersta Beach (5 min walk) is a SSSI and a popular location for experienced surfers. The Magic Seaweed website gives a daily surf forecast for Mangersta. The beach is also a great place for less strenuous activity like building sand castles, exploring rock pools and caves or a gentle stroll along the tide-line. With sea lochs, fresh water lochs, an indented coastline and numerous small off-shore islands Uig is also a regular destination for kayakers. If you would like to see the marine wild-life of the North Atlantic, in a guided trip, including puffins, seals, basking sharks and whales, local company Seatrek are based 8 miles away at Miavaig Pier and offer day boat trips around the islands of Loch Roag and further afield to the Flannans and St Kilda.
Uig is the site of one of the most significant archaeological finds in Scotland. The Lewis Chessmen, an iconic set of Norse chess pieces, carved from walrus ivory were found at Ardroil beach in the 1800’s. Traces of Norse settlement are scattered throughout the landscape and retained in the place names. Mangersta or Mangurstadh in Gaelic, is derived from old norse and can be translated as Magnus’s Steading or Farm. Stac Domhnaill Chaim, a fortified sea-stac is situated on the coastline at the top of the croft. Iron age pottery has been found on the stac which was used as a hide-out by its name-sake in the 1600’s. For visitors with an interest in archaeology and local history Uig Museum (5 miles from Mangersta) is a treasure trove of information and an excellent place to trace your island roots or start a journey of discovery, as you walk around the area.
A stunning landscape, steeped in history, abundant wild-life, a chance to unwind and relax by the sea in luxury camping facilities, Mangersta Croft Wigwams® provide all the ingredients for a perfect Hebridean Holiday!