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2 Knockquien

(Ref. 1083903)

Carinish near Balivanich, Fort William, Isle of Skye & The Western Isles Show on map

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  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Open fire
  • Washing machine
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi


2 Customer Reviews

  • "We arrived at the cottage on Friday, 6th October."

    It was not easy to find as it is set well off the road and, coming from the airport, just around a bend. Perhaps some signage before the bend would be helpful. It is well-decorated inside, with comfortable beds and furniture and we were nice and warm and, fairly well protected from the rain and 40mph winds that blew from time to time. I say ‘fairly well’ because the window in one of the double bedrooms is broken and although we managed to close it, it does not shut properly thus letting the cold wind in around the sides. The second double bedroom does not have a wardrobe and the drawers in the dressing table couldn’t be used because they were covered in a white powder. The first time we used the shower we had to keep turning it off to avoid flooding the bathroom floor. This was because the drain was blocked with many months’ worth (or years?) of hair and scum, so tightly packed that trying to clean it well enough to enable the water to drain was a most revolting job. The owner has totally ignored the previous reviewer’s comments about the toaster tripping the kitchen lights and the hob hood light not working. Neither of these things have been remedied. The lack of light over the hob makes a poorly lit kitchen even more difficult to cook in as it is impossible to see the heat indicators without using a torch. The plinth below the oven falls off – it has previously been stuck on with blu-tac which is no longer holding firmly. The kitchen is reasonably well equipped with saucepans but lacking in basics such as washing-up liquid, oven gloves, cafetiere and egg cups, and we were provided with only one tea towel and a jeye cloth for a one-week stay. I am sorry that my review is so bad because it could be such a lovely cottage to stay in if the owner could just take some interest in it.

    Reviewed by AlanOct 2023

  • "The location was amazing."

    The views where super but impaired because the windows (inside) needed a proper clean. The toaster tripped the electricity in the kitchen so could not be used. The oven hood light did not work. In addition the TV system needs an update to satellite or something that get all channels. The TV itself was very small and also needs replacing. We did really enjoy our stay overall.

    Thank you so much for flagging up these issues. The toaster is new so that must have been very frustrating for you. I'm glad that overall you enjoyed your stay and, we agree, the location and views are wonderful. Uist is a beautiful island. Property Owner

    Reviewed by AllanAug 2023

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  • Single-storey
  • Three bedrooms: 2 x double, 1 x bunk
  • Shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Living room with open fire
  • Kitchen/ dining room
  • Electric central heating with open fire
  • Electric oven and hob, fridge, washing machine
  • WiFi
  • TV, selection of books and games for all ages
  • Dining table in kitchen
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for open fire inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Ample off-road parking
  • Sorry no smoking
  • Shop 7.6 miles, pub 6.3 miles. This property now accepts 1 well behaved dog

The property

Balivanich 6.9 miles.

Enjoying a secluded location with stunning views of the North Uist countryside and peaks, on the edges of Carinish near Balivanich is this quaint, detached bungalow of 2 Knockquien.

A blissful spot for a family of six's escape from the hustle and bustle of life, 2 Knockquien enjoys peaceful surroundings, whilst being within reach of North Uist's delightful attractions.

Ample off-road parking welcomes you on arrival, before soaking up those stunning views of the Outer Hebrides.

Make your way inside the cottage and stretch out on one of the plush sofas in the living room, where the flickering flames of the open fire will keep you warm whilst you watch a show on the TV or enjoy a captivating book.

When you're feeling peckish, head to the kitchen, a space offering all you need to rustle up tasty meals, as well as offering a convenient washing machine!

At the end of the day, retire to one of the three charming bedrooms, with two of these being doubles, and the latter being a bunk room that is perfect for little ones.

Completing the bungalow's interior is a well-presented shower room, where you can enjoy a refreshing shower before wandering out to explore the local area.

A highlight of the property has to be its rear view, where you can enjoy those vistas up close as you savour a cup of steaming, morning coffee.

Drive down the North Ford Causeway and into Benbecula, where your amenities rest in one handy spot, including a bar/restaurant and a bistro, along with a supermarket; it is also home to an airport, making it easy to get around different parts of the country!

If you're a fishing fan, you'll be pleased to know that North Uist enjoys ample lochs and lochans peppered throughout its east coast, including Locheport and Loch Orsaraigh.

Why not travel to Lochmaddy, where the fascinating Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum & Arts Centre awaits, as well as the Lochmaddy Ferry Terminal, where you can catch the boat over to Uig to discover the Rha Waterfalls and The Fairy Glen?

Be sure to spend some time hiking and exploring the wonders dotted around North Uist, including the Hut of Shadows, the beach of Traigh Iar and the nature reserve of Balranald.

For more coastal fun, and nearer to home, take a drive to Baleshare or Clachan Sands Beach, both of which are stunning beaches, perfect for walking, watersports or simply sunbathing.

A relaxing getaway awaits at 2 Knockquien.

EPC Rating: Band F

EPC Rating: Band F

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £100.

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About the location


  • Iochdar 8.8 miles
  • Howmore 14.2 miles
  • Staoinebrig 17.8 miles

Resting on the Isle of Benbecula, on the Outer Hebrides of Scotland's west coast is this charming village of Balivanich. The village is known for being the main hub for Benbecula and enjoying easy access to the island of South Uist and North Uist via causeways. Within the village, you'll be pleased to find the MacLennans Supermarket, where a range of produce can be purchased to make home-cooked meals with, alongside The Stepping Stone Restaurant and The Island Kitchen Cafe, if you'd prefer to eat out. Within reach of the village is Loch a 'Chinn Uacraich where you can spot otters, embark on a coastal ride with Uist Community Riding School and go fishing at the East & West Loch Olabhat. The peak of Rueval, a truly stunning sight, is one of the highlights of the Isle of Benbecula, where you can go hiking and birdwatching.

This property now accepts 1 well behaved dog

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas