Luxury self-catering house overlooking the harbour in Tarbert, Isle of Harris, listed as one of the Top 5 of island destinations in the world by Trip Advisor! Short breaks available.
Tigh Gorm (the Blue House) provides 4* luxury self-catering accommodation in the ideal location from which to tour the Isles of Harris and Lewis. Spend your days exploring the wild and beautiful scenery of the islands and enjoy the amenities of Tarbert in the evening.
Our guests give us 10/10. "5* accommodation, fully equipped with everything you could possibly need. A beautiful place to stay .. we will definitely be back." Mr & Mrs R, Erskine.
Tigh Gorm has two floors. The upper level, consisting of open plan living area/kitchen and shower-room, is accessed from Main Street. The lower level consists of a spacious bedroom with en-suite shower-room, with access to a sun-trap patio and pretty garden. The bedroom has a super-kingsize bed which can be split giving twin beds. There is a kingsized sofa-bed in the living room. Please note that there is a spiral staircase, making this property unsuitable for children.
The house is light and warm and is decorated in fresh seaside colours. It is very well equipped with dishwasher, washing machine, tumble drier, microwave, Sky TV, CD player/IPod docking station, WIFI and hairdrier. The bedlinen is cotton, the towels large and fluffy, and we provide robes. We aim to let you travel light - we provide all the kitchen basics, (no need to pack the cling film and sharp knife), toiletries, maps and books of local interest. A full equipment list will be sent to you on booking. There is free, unlimited, on-street parking right outside.
Sorry - no small children or pets. Strictly no smoking inside the house.
Tigh Gorm is a couple of minutes' walk from the bus terminal and the Caledonian MacBrayne ferry from Uig in the Isle of Skye. The crossing takes approximately one and a half hours and the ferries operate all year round. You can also reach Harris by taking the Ullapool to Stornoway crossing (two and three quarter hours) and driving down through Lewis (approximately one hour). If you are coming from Uist, you can take the ferry to Leverburgh (approximately one hour). Flights are available to Stornoway from Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Inverness. If you are arriving without a car, we can arrange to collect you at the airport or ferry terminal.
Harris is part of the archepelago of the Outer Hebrides - the islands on the western edge of Scotland. It is actually joined to the Isle of Lewis, but is separated from it by the majestic North Harris hills. Each island has its own unique identity. South Harris is famous for its beaches - white sand and Caribbean-blue water - which are found on the west coast. In total contrast, the east coast is a stunning moonscape of rocks and little inlets where seals and otters may be seen. The hills of North Harris provide a range of walks from easy estate roads to challenging rock climbing and are home to red deer and golden eagles.
A holiday in Harris is the ideal way to recharge your batteries. The pace of life is slower, the locals are welcoming and the island is virtually crime free. During the summer, there is hardly any darkness and you can stroll around - even play a round of golf - in daylight at 11 pm! A winter break provides the opportunity to stargaze away from light pollution and to enjoy the most spectacular sunrises and empty beaches. For those who like to be active, there is cycle hire, a swimming pool, golf, water sports and tennis. The islands have a strong tradition of music and concerts are held throughout the year. Gaelic is widely spoken by the locals but everyone speaks English as well. The famous Screen Machine (cinema in a lorry!) visits periodically.
Tarbert has two grocers, bank, post office, garage, two hotels, a pub, a cafe and a fish and chip shop, all within an easy stroll from Tigh Gorm. Stornoway, the main town of Lewis, is less than an hour's drive away and here you will find a range of shops including Tesco, The Co-op and Boots. Don't forget to buy your Stornoway Black Pudding at one of the excellent butchers!
Harris is the home of the iconic Harris Tweed which, by law, must be woven in the Outer Hebrides by weavers using pedal-powered looms in their own homes. You can see demonstrations of weaving and buy tweed or one of the many craft items made from it as the perfect memento of your visit.