Valasay Cottage is a traditional style self-catering cottage that operated as a croft for generations. The cottage is located in the small hamlet of Valasay on Great Bernera in The Isle of Lewis.
Valasay on the island of Great Bernera (Beàrnaraigh Mòr) also known as "Bernera" in the Western Isles, Hebrides, Scotland.
Bernera lies in Loch Roag on the north-west coast of Lewis and is connected to Lewis by a single-lane road bridge built in 1953. The bridge was, at the time, the first pre-stressed concrete bridge in Europe.
The island's name is Norse in origin as are many other names in the district, due to the extensive Norse settlement. The island was once owned by Robin de la Lanne-Mirrlees, a former United Kingdom Queen's Herald, and who is said to have been the inspiration for Ian Fleming's character "James Bond". The title deeds for Valasay Cottage contain Robin's signature!
Valasay Cottage commands a picturesque setting with spectacular Atlantic sea views. The cottage is reached by crossing a footbridge over Tob Bhalasaigh (Valasay Bay / Cove). Tob Bhalasaigh is designated as a priority site of special scientific interest as a sheltered lagoon with a rare mixture of seaweeds only found in this unusual mix of salt and fresh water. Otters are frequently seen, both in the Tob and along the seashore.
To the west, the views of Riof sands and the intervening islands are unforgettable. Valasay Cottage is ideally located for access to the Great Bernera Walk which is an easy going 7.5 mile circular route situated in the north west of the island and boasts fantastic scenery, sea lochs, moorland, boats, wildflowers and birds bringing peace and tranquility. Sea Kayaking is recommended and is accessable from the end of the garden.
Valasay cottage offers a mix of relaxation and the opportunity to explore the surrounding beauty at your own pace. The cottage is two-bedroom with a sitting room, large new kitchen (fitted 2016), new bathroom (also fitted 2016) and extensive outdoor area with easy access to the surrounding area. Valasay Cottage is a well-equipped home from home with modern appliances, comfortable new beds and new bedroom and living room furniture for relaxing after a day of activity. The living room hosts a multi-fuel stove to sit beside and watch nature outside large patio doors.
Valasay Cottage is provided with Freeview TV service (although we are certain you will not need it!) and heating throughout.
Fishing rods are provided should you wish to catch your own dinner, however if you are not fortunate enough Breaclete has a well-stocked village store and there are timetabled mobile services such as butchers van, grocery van and fish van. There is also a bus service daily to Stornoway (with the exception of Sundays).
One well behaved dog is welcome and a welcome pack with essentials is provided to get you settled.
|Valasay Cottage||£475 Per unit per week|
Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.