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Clachan Sands Cottage

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Lochmaddy, The Outer Hebrides - North & South Uist Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 3 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Hot tub
  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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19 Customer Reviews

  • "Uist 2 week stay March 2024 What a beautiful place Cottage was lovely , warm , ..."

    Uist 2 week stay March 2024 What a beautiful place Cottage was lovely , warm , clean and just right like a home from home Wonderful sea views and very quiet Caroline and Donald were lovely ( the owners ) Would definitely return ( Actually didn’t want to come home )

    Hi Eve Thanks so much for your feedback, so glad you enjoyed your stay, we hope to see you back again Caroline and Donald x Property Owner

    Reviewed by Eve5.0Mar 2024

  • "A beautiful property with a magnificent view."

    The owners went out of their way to accommodate us and care for our every need. We hope we can return soon.

    Reviewed by Vicky5.0Sep 2023

  • "Owners went above and beyond and were so helpful."

    House was very comfortable and in a great location with spectacular views over Clachan Sands. Highly recommend Clachan Sands cottage and hope to visit again.

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Sep 2023

  • "Lovely house in great location opposite clachan sands."

    House is warm and comfortable with everything you need. Host was very helpful and welcoming. Would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Kate5.0Aug 2023

  • "We’ve had another wonderful holiday at Clachan Sands Cottage."

    The house is just perfect - very comfortable, fully equipped, spotlessly clean and beautifully located - just what you look for to get away from it all and have a relaxing holiday. The hosts,Donald and Caroline, are so friendly and ‘on hand’ if at all needed. Thank you for a great fortnight- we highly recommend!

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Jul 2023

  • "Great property spotlessly clean & comfortable fantastic views"

    Reviewed by Malcolm5.0Jun 2023

  • "We loved the gorgeous views with beautiful sunsets."

    The location was fantastic. It was great to have good quality garden furniture. Unfortunately the fence was in need of repair. Our dog escaped the first time he was outside but the owner repaired these gaps instantly. There was still a hole when we left but we covered it with the goal post that was in the garden. We did not use the hot tub and woukd like to have had it switched off during our stay as it was very noisy. Inside, the kitchen was well stocked. We loved the fridge/freezer with ice cube maker. The bar stools were not the best. I fell off the high one and could not find a way to adjust the height. The other went too low once sat on. What made this a less than luxurious cottage was mainly the bedroom and bathroom facilities. The downstairs bedroom had a very poor mattress. The wet room was somewhat spartan and rather austere with nowhere to put toiletries and other items on. The soap dispenser was empty. The other two bathrooms had no storage or shelves. The door to the downstairs bedroom could not open properly due to the position of the bed. I found the room cold at first as the duvet was more of a quilt than a duvet. There were no extra blankets in that or any of the bedrooms. This room felt like an afterthought and could have been made more comfortable and homely. Both bedrooms upstairs had televisions but there was not one in the downstairs bedroom. If the bathrooms were upgraded to provide for storage, the stay would have felt more comfortable. New towels were also needed. The pipes from the upstairs bathrooms made loud noises downstairs when the bathrooms were used. The wet room downstairs squeaked very loudly when used. This was advertised as luxury accommodation and it was expensive so more attention to detail would have been appreciated. Hot tubs and televisions are all very well but the points I have made could be addressed to upgrade this lovely cottage to meet the luxury category. Despite these issues, we had a lovely stay.

    Reviewed by Connie3.4Jun 2023

  • "This was my first visit."

    Loved the house. Everything was perfect and as as listed. The "View" was Amazing. Never get old starting my day with that view. The house was clean, in working order, comfortable, and had everything needed for our working holiday. The Hot Tub was wonderful after a long work day. I wish I would have used it more. I would highly recommend anyone thinking about taking a holiday to consider a stay with you. Thank you for the use of the house and your hospitality. Cheers. Robert Navarro California, U.S.A.

    Reviewed by Dwayne5.0May 2023

  • "In the downstairs wet room a shower chair that can be wheeled over the toilet and a mixer tap at the basin would help when looking after someone who requires total care."

    Reviewed by Etta4.7Aug 2022

  • "We all thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Clachan Sands and would definitely go back, in fact we didn't want to leave!"

    !! It's a perfect spot for a relaxing holiday with beautiful beaches just a short walk from the house, we even had red deer crossing the road in front of the house in the evening, and our little grandson loved seeing the sheep next to the house every morning. Donald and Caroline along with their children Andrew and Rachel are the perfect hosts and made sure we had a very enjoyable stay at Clachan Sands

    Reviewed by Donald5.0Jul 2022

  • "We had a fantastic fortnight at Clachan Sands in the beautiful property, which we thoroughly relaxed into during our stay."

    The cottage is beautifully furnished and well equipped and has the advantage of three bathroom/shower areas, which is a massive advantage if all three rooms are occupied. We made good use of the large hot tub, which was warming on cooler days and relaxing on warm days. The close proximity to Clachan Sands is a huge advantage and we enjoyed walking down most evenings to enjoy the spectacular sunsets and wildlife...lots of Lapwings and Oyster catchers. The location is ideal for visiting the neighbouring Islands too..only a 4 mile trip to the ferry to Harris from Berneray, which we took advantage of for a day trip. We absolutely loved the property and its location and we would love to return to it in the future. Thank you ❤️

    Jenny & MartinJun 2022

  • "Lovely house in a beautiful location."

    The house is spacious, spotless, well equipped and comfortable with beautiful views. The hot-tub was great, we particularly enjoyed watching the sunset. The owners were fabulous - friendly and welcoming and any query was answered almost instantly. Would highly recommend.

    FionaJul 2021

  • "Disabled facilities are excellent."

    And the hot tub a great attraction.

    Etta MorrisonSep 2020

  • "Absolutely lovely."

    Clachan Sands is a really warm comfortable, well equipped house with beautiful views from every window (especially from the hot tub). From a well equipped and spacious kitchen to 3 big bedrooms, the house has has everything you could possibly need - whatever the weather ! There are amazing and very quiet beaches everywhere you go on the Islands. We had Golden Eagles hovering above the house, Red Deer walking down the road and the best sea food we've ever eaten.

    Simon&EmmaAug 2020

  • "Had a great time in the hot tub with my friends and the home owners son Andrew Macdonald"

    Iona MacleodNov 2018

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Clachan Sands which proved to be a very comfortable, well equipped home with outstanding views from the house and hot tub."

    The downstairs bedroom complete with wet room was particularly wheelchair friendly and the ramp to the back door was a very pleasant surprise because this was not mentioned in the brochure. I called Caroline, the owner re accessing the property and asked if she could provide a cheap plastic stool for the wet room to accommodate my disabled daughter. I was willing to pay for this. However on arrival we discovered that Caroline had gone to some lengths to provide, at no extra cost, a medical shower chair for the wetroom. Caroline, Donald, Rachel and Andrew are lovely welcoming people and we would gladly return to this lovely home and location. Thank you for a great stay

    Visitor Feedback August 2018Nov 2018

  • "Such a lovely cottage."

    ..fantastic views, gorgeous nearby beaches, comfortable & cosy accommodation, safe enclosed garden for kids, fun hot tub & very warm hospitality.

    Stephanie StephensonNov 2018

  • "Many thanks for taking the time to give us your advice earlier this year which decided us on booking Kintail Cottage on Uist!"

    We had such a happy holiday. No quirks or wall to wall Anta here, the house is just nice and simple and comfy with gorgeous open views across the machair to the sea. The USP is the amazing open air hot tub - so simple to use and wonderful for watching the sunset from. Not midgy like I thought it might be, just relaxing! The owners, Caroline and Donald, are lovely, kind, warm, hospitable and welcoming local people who really want you to enjoy your stay. We had beautiful barefoot walks on endless deserted white sand beaches, watched the Milky Way from outside the house and generally unwound. Didn't want to come home (but saw dolphins from the ferry as we approached Uist!) (I gather the MacDonalds are hoping to develop another house in the area that sleeps 4, I'm sure they'll make it lovely and I'll be watching out for it on LHH!) Looking forward to the new brochure too, always nice to start planning the next holiday! All the best to you and the team and thanks again, Sarah and Colin.

    SarahNov 2018

  • "We had a fantastic week on N."

    Uist - we loved the whole environment and getting away from it all. The cottage suited our group really well with a very well-equipped, spacious kitchen, separate utility and 3 bathrooms! The furnishings were very tasteful and the beds were very comfortable. There was always hot (very hot!) water on tap and efficient central heating. The wood/peat burner and hot tub were also much appreciated. The views from the cottage of the islands beyond Clachan Sands were superb. The only thing missing was a shaver socket somewhere for recharging razors and toothbrushes, although we learned that Donald could have let us have an adaptor. Perhaps that needs to be mentioned in the description. A small chair in the ensuite bedroom upstairs would be handy. The scenery and beaches of the Islands are well documented. Places where we enjoyed excellent fare were Langass Lodge, Hamersay House and the Airport Deli on Benbecula - a surprise find! And, of course, the Hebridean Smokehouse! We sincerely hope we will be able to return one day. We shall certainly recommend your company to any friends thinking of heading north.

    C. B. Visitor CommentNov 2018

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  • Three bedrooms: 1 x ground-floor double with en-suite wet room, 1 x super-king-size (zip/link, can be twin on request) with en-suite with walk-in shower, basin and WC, 1 x super-king-size (zip/link, can be twin on request)
  • Family bathroom with bath and shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Utility
  • Open-plan living space with dining area and sitting area
  • Oil central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and grill, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher
  • TV, Freeview, DVD player, WiFi, collection of toys, books and games
  • Fuel, power and starter pack of logs for woodburning stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Highchair and travel cot
  • Ample off-road parking
  • Enclosed gardens with gravelled area to side and gardens to the front with patio area, furniture and hot tub
  • Pet-friendly
  • Sorry, this is a no smoking property
  • Shop 6 miles, pub 6.9 miles
  • Note: Though electricity is included in the rent, electric for charging cars is not included in the rental
  • Note: Please let us know prior to your arrival if you wish any of the bedrooms to be made up as twins
  • Note: Please bring own linen for travel cot
  • Note: Please bear in this mind this property is located on an island and therefore only accessible by plane or ferry

The property

Lochmaddy 6.5 miles.

Boasting superb views and a wonderful location near Bernerary, North Uist in the Outer Hebrides is this delightful cottage, Clachan Sands Cottage.

The perfect setting for a family holiday to remember, Clachan Sands Cottage boasts impressive views across to Clachan Sands and is in the ideal location for exploring both North and South Uist.

After a long journey, the cottage offers welcome respite with a warm and welcoming open-plan living space complete with sumptuous seating with a delightful woodburning stove providing an attractive focal point to the zone.

Leading off from here is an elegant dining area with French doors offering stunning views, the optimal spot to enjoy some hearty fayre, a tasty tipple and some holiday conversation while taking in those stunning views.

The spacious kitchen has everything you could possibly need to cook up a storm and is the perfect setting to make use of some of the wonderful local produce available on the doorstep.

When bed calls after all that fresh Hebridean air, take your pick from the easily accessible ground-floor double bedroom or either of the two super-king-size first-floor.

Whatever the weather, the outside space at Clachan Sands is a particular feature with beautiful gardens boasting spectacular mountain and sea views as the backdrop.

The outside patio area is a wonderful spot from where to enjoy the views and indulge in some alfresco time or to really get yourself into the holiday spirit, why not step into the fantastic hot tub and feel those everyday stresses just melt away?

If you’re lucky, you might even get a glimpse of the Northern Lights and what a holiday memory that would make.

The cottage is of particular appeal to families looking for a secure setting where children (and dogs!) can run around safely while the grown-ups get to relax in style – what’s not to love?

Getting out and exploring is a real highlight while you’re at Clachan Sands Cottage and you don’t have to venture far to find a whole host of activities including birdwatching, swimming, snorkelling, kite surfing, fishing and walks along Clachan Sands or a choice of other beaches including Balranald, Hosta, Sollas and Berneray.

Just a few minutes’ drive away is the bustling village of Lochmaddy which is worth visiting in its own right but is also a great base for catching a boat to the Isle of Skye.

Not far from here you cross the causeway from Benbecula which then takes you on to the isle of South Uist which is well worth a day trip.The Isle of Skye is accessible by Calmac ferry from Uig or from Oban to South Uist.

With its unforgettable views and stylish accommodation both inside and out, Clachan Sands is a truly memorable place to visit.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £200.

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About the location


Balivanich 18 miles.

The village of Lochmaddy is the terminus for the daily ferry linking it to Uig on the Isle of Skye and it is also the main centre of population for the island of North Uist. Lochmaddy has good facilities and services including a selection of hotels serving fresh local produce in their dining rooms. A visit to the award-winning museum and arts centre located in the centre of Lochmaddy is a must, and there is also a tourist office full of information about local events and places to visit. The road south of Lochmaddy will lead you to the village of Carinish some 10 miles away and if you continue on this road you can cross the causeway to the island of Benbecula. The town of Balivanich in Benbecula offers shops, post office, a bank, restaurant, a petrol station and an airport, from which car hire can be arranged. The causeway from Benbecula then leads onward to the island of South Uist.

Note: Though electricity is included in the rent, electric for charging cars is not included in the rental. Note: Please let us know prior to your arrival if you wish any of the bedrooms to be made up as twins. Note: Please bear in this mind this property is located on an island and therefore only accessible by plane or ferry

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter