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Old Post Office

(Ref. 1110798)

Drinishader near Tarbert, The Outer Hebrides - Harris Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 5 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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  • cottage (9)
  • lovely (9)
  • views (8)
  • johan (8)
  • great (7)
  • comfortable (7)

18 Customer Reviews

  • "The cottage was warm and comfortable, with plenty of logs for the wood burner."

    The kitchen is extremely well equipped. The view of the sea out every window is lovely. Despite being on the road, in January, it was very quiet. The owners were very kind and attentive. The night sky was amazing when we went a small way up the road to avoid the street lights. I would recommend this cottage to future guests, you won't be disappointed.

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Dec 2023

  • "This is a fantastic holiday cottage with everything we needed."

    Johan is very attentive and the little arrival and departure gifts are a very nice touch. First class all round!

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Aug 2023

  • "A truly enjoyable stay."

    The house is very comfortable, well equipped and beautifully decorated. Every need was catered for. The location of the house makes it a very good base for visiting Harris but also Lewis Island. We wish we had stayed longer!

    Reviewed by Beatrice5.0Aug 2023

  • "This is a lovely home, beautifully decorated, and it has everything needed for a comfortable stay."

    The view is gorgeous and the location is a great base for exploring the island.

    Reviewed by Marilyn5.0Jun 2023

  • "We love this property, its owner are so helpful and generous."

    We have booked again for October. Sunshine or rain it’s position is excellent.

    Reviewed by Julia5.0May 2023

  • "The Old Post Office was beyond expectation."

    Stunning location, pristine in it's cleanliness, charming and cosy. Johan and her husband went above and beyond to make us welcome including a very generous welcome package. I would recommend this cottage to anyone and everyone. Just wonderful.

    Reviewed by Kerry5.0May 2023

  • "Outstanding holiday cottage as attested to by other reviewers."

    Immaculately presented with well-appointed kitchen, sitting room, dining room and bathroom with excellent shower. The views are stunning from all of the main rooms! Excellent walks nearby. Plenty of extra storage room in the shed. The peace and tranquility is divine! The owners are very thoughtful and live only a couple of miles away so help easily available if required! An otter swam into the inlet immediately in front of the house! I can't wait to return!

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Oct 2022

  • "The house was spotlessly clean, very generously supplied with essentials including yummy Hebridean treats."

    Johan and Donald were both caring and thoughtful and available and communicated whenever needed or required. We would recommend this home from home without hesitation.

    Reviewed by Margaret5.0Sep 2022

  • "Lovely clean and comfortable property with owner Johan willing to go extra mile if we needed anything."

    And we got to see a minky whale and leaping dolphins on the fast rib boat of the Eilean Glas Lighthouse boat trip from Scalpay Harbour. Even the weather was great. Highly recommended. Paul from York

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Aug 2022

  • "Beautiful peaceful location with first class views over the Minch."

    Very well equipped property and every comfort was provided for us. Lovely furnishings throughout and a property well loved and cared for by Johann and Donald. We highly recommend this property.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Aug 2022

  • "A very well equipped cottage that is tastefully furnished."

    A wonderful location on a very quiet road with great views to Scalpay and on a clear day, the Scottish mainland.

    Reviewed by Dianne5.0Jul 2022

  • "We think this has to be the best self-catering cottage we have ever visited ( and we have visited quite a few!"


    Reviewed by Barrie5.0Jul 2022

  • "We had a lovely stay at the Old Post Office."

    The cottage was in a great position with views over the sea and on clear days you could see for miles. It was spotlessly clean and had everything that you would need in a holiday cottage. Johan was very welcoming and friendly and the tray of local biscuits and cakes was appreciated.

    Reviewed by Deirdre4.7Jun 2022

  • "Loved this place - so peaceful and relaxing with great views out across the Minch."

    Host was fantastic so kind and supportive, a lovely touch with the welcome tray. This is a great house in a great location with perfect facilities and placed to explore Harris.

    Karl FletcherSep 2021

  • "What a great cottage with lovely views."

    We were impressed from the minute we walked in. The cottage was spotless and equipped to a really high standard. We especially liked the home made cakes & biscuits! Johan was very welcoming and friendly. We've already recommended The Old Post Office to several people and no doubt similar comments will be passed on in New Zealand now that the Kiwis have returned home.

    Hydes & ComriesOct 2019

  • "The Old Post Office was the Highlight of our 3 week visit to Scotland."

    We only spent 1 week in Harris but the accommodations were highly rated by all 4 of us. The kitchen was a treat to work with, excellent dishes, pots and pans, cutlery all well laid out! Enjoying cooking with high grade pots, pans and sharp knives! The living room was very comfortable, the chairs in the pictures don’t do them justice. Beds were very comfortable and all three bedrooms windows are greeted by the rising sun with a view of the shore line and open sea. Dining room was spacious for serving meals or playing cards or games with a well stocked library. My favourite spot was the porch with a wee dram in hand and the sunshine. I give it 11 out of 10 , beyond my expectations for comfort and price! Bob Hagar

    Robert & Olive Hagar, Marie Moran, Audrey AckerOct 2019

  • "What a lovely cottage - stunning views and great location - absolutely loved our week and Johan couldn't do enough to help - can't wait to go back!"

    Cottage is very well kitted out with every need catered for and very comfortable and cosy on cooler days - enjoyed the woodburner a couple of evenings. It's a great place!

    Jane SmithAug 2019

  • "We loved our stay at the Old Post Office."

    The house is comfortable and well-equipped. Drinishader is peaceful, with beautiful views across the bay. It was lovely to meet the owners, Donald and Johan. They really went out of their way to make sure that we felt at home. Hopefully we will be back someday!

    Anne WardAug 2019

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  • Three bedrooms: 1 x Double, 1 x Twin, 1 x single(suitable for 13 years and under)
  • Shower room with shower cubicle, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Dining room
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Electric heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, coffee machine
  • TV, WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburning stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Highchair and travel cot available on request
  • Off-road parking for 1 car
  • Enclosed garden with patio, furniture, storage for bikes and kayaks
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 5 miles, pub 4.8 miles

The property

Tarbert 4.7 miles.

Situated at a picturesque seaside location in Drinishader, near Tarbert on the Isle of Harris in the Outer Hebrides, on what is known as The Golden Road.

Old Post Office offers a quaint family holiday for those wishing to hike, cycle, kayak or just relax at the local cafes, restaurants and beaches.

Enter through an eye-catching red door, discovering an attractive sitting room, with tartan furniture and a woodburning stove, you are sure to feel right at home in this rustic space as you catch up on your favourite TV shows.

A contemporary kitchen offers an open space to prepare meals, and the designated chef will not be able to resist the home-from-home amenities, where you can rustle up a masterpiece amongst the wood and tiled furnishings and serve it in the spacious dining room with a central wooden table, sitting area and TV, as well as a view across the bay.

Great for a family of five, this cottage offers three bedrooms, beginning with a king-size offering quirky décor, a large wardrobe and ample storage, a twin with a homely feel, and a single room.

A large family shower room offers a relaxing soak after a day of exploring the beaches, with a lovely contemporary feel that will ease the cool Hebridean chill from your skin.

Outside, a delightful garden awaits, with shrubs, a patio where a seating area allows for morning coffee to be enjoyed with a cup of tea and a view of the boats bobbing in the bay, whilst picnics can be enjoyed on the lawn.

When the time comes to explore, begin your journey by visiting the local bay, where the sandy and rocky shores make for a wonderful walk, or head to local white sand beaches where you can even try out wild swimming!

The local area offers an abundance of lochs, strewn with beautiful lily pads, perfect for enjoying both the wildlife and the fresh countryside air.

For keen walkers, there are hikes available at the North Harris Hills, where you can immerse yourself in the rugged landscape, or you can have a more relaxed day exploring the local shops, cafes and produce available, for example the area around the property offers Harris Tweed and Knitwear, Clo Mor Harris Tweed Exhibition and Ardbuidhe Cottage Gallery.

Further afield you will find the town of Tarbert, where there are several pubs to choose from, for example the Harris Hotel, as well as restaurant to try out local cuisine, one being Flavour.

There is also a local convenience store where you can stock up on essentials before you head out for a day of exploring.

With such a lovely location and a home-from-home cottage, you are bound to love your stay in the Isle of Harris with a stay at the Old Post Office.

The islands can be reached by flights from Edinburgh, Glasgow or Inverness; or by ferry from Uig on Skye to Tarbert, or Ullapool to Stornoway.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £150.

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About the location


Lochgilphead 14 miles.

Built around an inlet on Loch Fyne, Tarbert has long been both a harbour and a key strategic point in the history of Scotland's rugged West Coast. Tarbert once required three castles to protect it, and the ruins of one of these can still be visited today. Built around the natural harbour, fishing and sailing continue to play an important part in the life of the village. There are many annual events to interest all tastes including the sailing regatta on Loch Fyne, seafood and music festivals. The 87 mile Kintyre Way stretches from Tarbert to the south of the Kintyre Peninsula, and offers walking for all levels and with ferry connections to Islay and Arran, there is simply no better location to relax and explore this rugged and picturesque part of Scotland.

Note: Though electricity is included in the rent, electric for charging cars is not included in the rental. Note: Please bear in mind that this property is located on an island and therefore only accessible by plane or ferry.