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Smiddy Cottage

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Smercleit near Daliburgh, The Outer Hebrides - North & South Uist Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


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

Reviews & Ratings

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28 Customer Reviews

  • "We had a lovely holiday,the cottage is great."

    Thank Neal for his welcome gifts,the smoked salmon was lovely. The only improvement we can think is to get a smart TV for the lounge when the old TV is done.We saw otters,owls,seals but not the eagles! A lovely cottage ,we would recommend it to anyone

    Reviewed by Diane5.0Jun 2024

  • "On my first entry into the house I banged my head on a low hung stone which keeps the thatch in place."

    I reckon it could be hung on the netting a few inches higher. The hot tap of the sink in the bathroom turns the wrong way for a Brit! Consequently the tap fitting has become loose and the nut underneath just needs to be tightened. The cooker hood didn't work but this was not an issue really, neither was the fact that the remote for the TV didn't work. We didn't go on holiday to watch TV but kept the program on a News channel alone. There was also a Radio which was good The most important thing is that the house is in a lovely situation, surrounded by a great variety of bird life including a short eared owl and a barn owl, and, of course it is close to a beach suitable for the hardy to swim from. Our stay was so enjoyable we regret not booking for longer. The house is very comfortable and well appointed. There is a lot one can do within walking distance of the front door!

    Reviewed by Douglas4.7May 2024

  • "Such a lovely thatched cottage and very welcoming host."

    Reviewed by Penny5.0May 2024

  • "This property is cosy and luxurious , beautiful location close to beaches and the coast path and a pub ."

    Owner was very helpful and friendly - welcome pack was perfect Can’t recommend this enough - super comfy settee and bed - underfloor heating kept us cosy throughout

    Reviewed by Lara5.0Apr 2024

  • "We had a fabulous time at the Smiddy on South Uist."

    Neil was a great host, he was attentive at fixing the wifi and left the most generous welcome package. He also let us stay an extra night when our ferry was cancelled. We were also impressed at how spotless and clean the cottage was, it was extremely comfortable and snug, and in a very convenient location for exploring the islands. We hope to return again one day!

    Reviewed by Erin5.0Oct 2023

  • "A very special beautiful cottage in a stunning unspoilt setting for a relaxing holiday, ideal for exploring the southern western isles."

    It has amazing modern kitchen appliances for preparing special meals from the superb local salmon and seafood. Neil our host was extremely kind even offering to accommodate us should our ferry not have sailed and he bakes fabulous pancakes, absolutely worthy of a 5 star review.

    Reviewed by Fiona5.0Sep 2023

  • "We had a wonderful stay at Smiddy cottage despite the stormy weather."

    Smiddy is a quaint super cosy cottage. A lovely welcome pack with homemade scotch pancakes was much appreciated. The coastline is breathtaking, Eriskay & Bernaray are well worth a visit. Debra & Foster

    Reviewed by Debra5.0Sep 2023

  • "Very comfortable cottage with all the facilities required."

    Very nice welcome pack including home made pancakes ! Just a short walk to the beach and Eriskay is just along the road

    Reviewed by Colin4.7Sep 2023

  • "A real gem of a place."

    The cottage is beautiful and well equipped in a real home from home way. It’s surprisingly bigger than expected, very comfortable and a pleasure to come ‘home’ following a day of island hopping. When we arrived, there was warmth and light and the small thoughtful touches provided a ‘wow’ moment. The lovely owner, Neil left a generous welcome package, which was much appreciated. The cottage is located in an ideal place to tour the Uist. It’s is surrounded by machair and a short walk to white sandy beaches and turquoise waters. Getting about is easily accessible by car. Everyone on the island is friendly. We couldn’t be happier with the cottage and Neil as a host. We intend to return and would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Jul 2023

  • "A warm welcome from Neil , the owner set us up for a fantastic week in South Uist."

    We have rented many cottages over the years but Smiddy Cottage was by far the best . Cosy , comfortable and deceptively large inside this well appointed cottage is the perfect base for exploring The Uists and beyond. Our dogs loved the enclosed garden and the beautiful beach just 5 minutes walk from the cottage. We can’t wait to go back. Smiddy Cottage is a real gem !

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Jul 2023

  • "Like the tardis!"

    A lovely, quiet cottage with a homely feel and a few unexpected luxuries and goodies. We'd be happy to recommend to anyone. Maybe a few more glasses and baking trays?

    Reviewed by June4.4Jun 2023

  • "Most gorgeous cottage."

    Decorated beautifully and very cosy. Ideal position for touring the island. Host Ian was so welcoming and hospitable. Definitely go back.

    Reviewed by Carole5.0Oct 2022

  • "Beautiful Cottage in a stunning location, we were not disappointed in our choice."

    Very homely and cosy cottage. The owner left us a lovely welcome pack which was much appreciated and enjoyed. We were sad to leave.

    Reviewed by Bernadette5.0Sep 2022

  • "We really enjoyed our stay in Smiddy Cottage."

    There are a couple of suggestions for improvement: a) The large lamp on the table served no purpose and got in the way of trying to watch the tv (would suggest it is not needed). The position of the two armchairs does not allow to watch the tv (we had to move one to watch the tv when there) b) In the shed where the bins were there was a lot of bird droppings on the floor and over the vaccum cleaner - suggest this is cleaned.

    Reviewed by David5.0Aug 2022

  • "This house was lovely, cozily decorated and very comfortable."

    Excellent for rainy days in or sunny days at the beach. We really enjoyed our time here

    JHHAug 2021

  • "We had a delightful stay in this lovely characterful cottage."

    It’s in a great location, within a convenient walking distance for the local dog friendly pub, and for trips to Eriskay. Owner Neil could not have been more helpful.

    Elaine ReidJul 2019

  • "No words enough to convey how much we have enjoyed our stay in this beautiful cottage."

    Our first time in the Outer Hebrides. It has been truly idyllic, so much so, we have extended our stay. Thank you Neil for all you have done. Our welcome gifts and your visits have made our visit to your Smiddy Cottage a real 'home from home' for us. A super base fro exploring South Uist, Eriskay, Barra and Vatersay plus North Uist is also in reach. Eriskay shop is great!

    Visitor BookMar 2019

  • "Fabulous cottage, fabulous location,fabulous weather!"

    Highlight was trip to St Kilda with S. Uist Cruises 07810 238752

    Visitor BookMar 2019

  • "The Smiddy is a little bit of heaven in a wonderful corner of the Hebrides."

    Sunny, warm weather, too perfect.

    Visitor BookMar 2019

  • "We've had a lovely week in the Outer Hebrides staying in this great cosy cottage."

    Have done so much we feel we have got to know the area. Visited Eriskay (we walked there which was fun). Took the ferry to Barra and Vatersay. We loved these islands so recommend visiting them. Also took the ferry to Harris for the day . If you love beaches this is a must. Beach heaven!. We took a day tour with Steve from Western Isles Wildlife . Saw otters, seals and birds of prey.

    Visitor BookMar 2019

  • "We have just had the best time!"

    The cottage was so warm and comfortable, the perfect place to come back to after a day out in the fresh November weather. We've had a great time exploring South Uist, Barra and Eriskay. We couldn't have asked for a more relaxing time away. Thank you.

    Visitor BookMar 2019

  • "Smiddy Cottage is by far one of the best cottages we have stayed in."

    We've had the most perfect 4 days here. Absolutely wonderful, thank you.

    Visitor BookMar 2019

  • "So beautiful and peaceful here."

    Ideal base to visit most islands. Cottage a little piece of heaven. Loved every minute. Thankyou.

    SheonaghNov 2018

  • "This is a beautiful holiday cottage, thoughtfully equipped and a pleasure to stay in."

    We were grateful too for the welcome gifts. We love South Uist, Eriskay and Benbecula and found the maps and walking information so useful in exploring out of the way places we otherwise may have overlooked. So much wildlife to see including short eared owls up the road, hen harrier ad one evening, a whale passing through the bay. A truly peaceful, relaxing and enjoyable week.

    Ken And AntheaNov 2018

  • "We've had the most amazing honeymoon and have fallen in love with both the islands and Smiddy Cottage!"

    Weather was fantastic and we made good use of the bikes (cycle to Eriskay is lovely). We wil definitely be back.

    Sandra And MichaelNov 2018

  • "First time we saw The Smiddy we couldn't believe how beautiful it was."

    Tiny outside but spacious, comfortable and well equipped to a high standard. The area is outstanding - we have seen lots of wildlife including whales! But the otters have been very elusive. Thanks for making us so welcome. The place is a little piece of heaven and the people so friendly. The weather has been amazing, fabulous all round.

    Anne And RonNov 2018

  • "After all sorts of wild Hebridean weather it was great to return to your lovely, warm and comfortable cottage."

    Thanks for the welcome pack. We had a great day out with Steve Duffield, (01876 580619) seeing otter families playing and viewing a huge variety of birds and flora amid beautiful countryside. Nice walk to Polochar Inn for supper and enjoyed the museum cafe. Also, bought local fish at the factory on Barra - delicious scallops and watched the gannets diving at the ferry terminal on Eriskay. Very good food at the Politician pub inn Eriskay. We enjoued the free 'fishing trail' in Grimsay and walks to loch Eylort and Toby Beag.

    J & D RutterNov 2018

  • "Having spent the last 40 years on holiday on Arran we decided it was time for a change."

    We loved the Smiddy Cottage in South Uist, and loved exploring, North Uist, Barra, Eriskay, Bernaray and Benbecula. The cottage and surrounding scenery is fabulous and Alfie our dog loved the 5 minute walk to the beach, where he would chase sticks all day. We walked to the Kildonan tea room and sat out side with Alfie as we also did at the Pollochar Inn as unfortunately they do not allow dogs even in their public bar . Loved our South Uist experience, wonderful scenery and wonderful comfortable cottage, looking forward to returning. Thank you for a wonderful experience x

    Bill And Jan EvansNov 2018

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  • Single-storey
  • 1 x king-size bedroom
  • Bathroom with bath, walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living area with kitchen/diner and sitting room
  • Underfloor heating with electric fire stove with woodburning effect
  • Electric combination oven/microwave, electric hob, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher
  • TV, DVD player, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair available on request
  • Off-road parking for 1 car
  • Enclosed garden with lawn and furniture
  • Pet-friendly, sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 4.3 miles, pub 0.5 miles
  • Note: Bring own linen for travel cot

The property

Daliburgh 4.5 miles.

A beautifully built thatched croft style cottage built in 2008 complementing the wild landscape and the rich heritage of Smerclate, near Daliburgh on the Isle of South Uist in the Outer Hebrides.

With a thick thatched roof, matching sitting area, decorative wagon wheels and beautiful grey stone walls, Smiddy Cottage is simply stunning.

Set over a single-storey, this Hebridean hideaway is perfect for couples to indulge in a remote romantic holiday.

Once you have taken in the fascinating exterior of this wonderful cottage, be welcomed into a spacious open-plan living area where you will be drawn instantly to the red and brown themes throughout the décor, keeping the space classy, further implied by an electric stove made to replicate a woodburning stove.

Local artwork accompanies the crisp white walls, with a dining and sitting area perfect for a romantic evening in, and the amply fitted kitchen is there to make sure every mealtime is easy and fabulous; you will feel at home and as though you have travelled back in time with the cottage catering to history lovers as well as those who enjoy a remote stay with all of the home comforts.

The king-size bedroom is the perfect place to bed down for the night, with small windows in a traditional style allowing a peak at the mountains and wildlife beyond, ample storage and local photographs and artwork, you are sure to feel right at home.

When you need to freshen up after a long hike, enjoy a soak in the bath to ease the sea breeze from your hair.

Overlooking a bay that stretches out into the Atlantic Ocean, this wonderful cottage is in an ample position to make the most of the beachside walks, wild swimming areas and, if you want something more fast paced, kayaking, with an abundance of wildlife including sea eagles and otters, and in the springtime, you will be amazed to see beautiful machair flowers.

When in need of supplies, visit the local village of Daliburgh, where you will find a co-op as well as local craft shops, bars and restaurants including the Borrodale Hotel for a luxurious evening meal for you and your significant other.

There are many great hiking spots to choose from, as well as amazing historical sites to allow you to spend a romantic picnic admiring the view, or to allow you to really get to know the history and heritage of the island for example, Ormacleit Castle.

Historical, spectacular and wild, a stay at Smiddy Cottage Is bound to be the romantic getaway you will remember.

The islands can be reached by flights from Edinburgh, Glasgow or Inverness; or by ferry from Uig on Skye to Lochmaddy, or Oban to Lochboisdale.

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

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About the location


Lochboisdale 3 miles; Ludag, 6.2 miles; Benbecula 24.8 miles.

Daliburgh is a town on South Uist in the Outer Hebrides and is known for being a crofting town. There is a memorial here to commemorate the life and works of Donald Allan MacDonald, a Gaelic poet who lived in Daliburgh in the mid 20th century. It is a great base from which to explore a fantastic selection of activities from fishing and walking to diving and birdwatching. The nearby Askernish Golf Course is always popular and was originally designed by ‘Old’ Tom Morris and is popular with golfers keen to test themselves on this challenging course. Dining options include fish and chips from the Burnside Chip Shop or for something a little more fancy dine in at the Borrodale Hotel. While you are in Daliburgh you can stock up on supplies at the supermarket and there is also a number of other shops including gifts shops. A short distance from Daliburgh is the fascinating Kildonan Museum and the birthplace of Flora MacDonald as well as a host of fabulous beaches just waiting to be discovered.

Note: Bring own linen for travel cot. 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.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter