My wife and I were fortunate to book this cottage at short notice. The owner Sandra, who lives opposite, very kindly met us late on the Saturday evening after our ferry crossing. The cottage is very well equipped, spotless and comfortable. It is perfectly situated, just a few minutes walk from the local shop and the Politician pub. We were also the recipients of a 'welcome' basket from the owners which included some of their own free range eggs, which had beautifully coloured yolks and were the best I've ever tasted. The cottage has a number of reference books with walks and information and the cottage is a great base to explore the neighbouring island of Barra and the Uist's to the north. We had a fantastic holiday here are we were sad to leave, which is always a sign of a good holiday. We hope we can return here at some time in the future and would thoroughly recommend Ben Scrien Cottage.
We arrived at Ben Scrien Cottage on a dark and driech Saturday night, after a rock and rolly sort of crossing from Mallaig to Lochboisdale. Sandra's directions had been helpful so at least the last driving leg of the journey was uneventful, but we were tired, queasy and a little apprehensive at what the week ahead might hold!
Therefore it was so lovely to open the door and be greeted by a warm, spotlessly clean house. Traditional Gaelic folk music was playing on the sound system. A welcome basket with wine, madeira cake, tablet and shortbread was laid out on the kitchen counter. It was like arriving to a big hug. That feeling stayed with us for the whole week.
At Sandra's suggestion, we had ordered provisions from the local shop which she had delivered to the cottage ready for our arrival. The cottage also boasts a seriously generous collection of books and leaflets about local flora and fauna, including OS maps and suggested walking routes on Eriskay, the Uists, and Barra. These were invaluable to us. There is also decent wifi.
Happily the weather picked up, and we enjoyed days of glorious sunshine. We walked up Ben Scrien, met the charming Eriskay ponies, and were rewarded with a 360 view of the entire island surrounded by blue and turquoise seas. We kayaked from the nearest beach (which we mostly had to ourselves) and swam in the sea. We ate at the local pub, the Am Politician, on two evenings and meandered back home the longer way, along the beaches and through the machair flowers. The sun sets over the sea in front of the cottage, and even if it's cloudy the evening light is spectacular.
We also went down to the village hall to play bingo with other holiday makers and locals - a great laugh, highly recommended.
One day, Sandra brought over eggs from her hens, and later on in the week sent over some delicious cooked crab claws, along with a hammer to break into them, which was much more fun than I had expected! She and her family were great hosts.
Eriskay is a really small island with just a smattering of houses but has a close-knit community feel to it, so although it's quiet it doesn't feel lonely. It's well placed for exploring Barra (there's a good ferry service between the two islands) and the Uists, thanks to the causeway. All our party loved both the island and the house and we were sad to leave at the end of our week, but all promised each other we'd be back.
Lovely dog friendly cottage with great views. The proprietors are really friendly & helpful. The garden is totally enclosed - even our Jack Russell couldn't get out!
Loads of guides & maps available, and the local community shop is only 2 minutes walk away, And it sells everything you need.
The ferry to Barra is a 15 minute walk via the road; or 20 minutes along the beach.
A super week - thank you.
We really enjoyed our stay in Ben Scrien Cottage. The cottage is in a great position on this small and beautiful island. The shop and pub are within walking distance and has direct access to island walks. The accommodation is great and very well equipped with anything you could possibly need. Sandra, DJ and Mickey went out of their way to make sure that we had everything that we needed. Mickey even took me fishing and we caught breakfast for the next day.
The cottage was spotlessly clean and very well appointed. The heating was on and a beautiful gift basket was there upon our arrival. The location could not have been better. Ben Scrien rose up directly behind the cottage easily accessible for pre breakfast climbing. The local store and the AM Politician were within minutes walking distance and the ferry to Barra was just down the road. Beautiful Beaches, interesting walks and easy hills were all at our doorstep. Sandra even brought us a mobile phone to use should ours not work on the island. Just wish we could have stayed longer.
My husband and I and our two sons and their partners had the pleasure of staying here while on the island, as the family home was too full. I have passed this cottage many times and did not realise how beautiful it would be inside. The accomodation was absolutely spotlessly clean and very cosy. Sandra has clearly thought of everything you could possibly need for a comfortable stay. We were able to cook a super two course meal as the kitchen was amazingly well equipped, including a dishwasher to dispel any arguing over who would be washing the dishes. The beds were very comfortable, even the pillows, which can sometimes be an issue while away from home. I can honestly say it was the best nights sleep I had while not in my own bed. Thank you Sandra for making a sad reason for visiting into a bearable one.xx
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My wife and I spent 10 wonderful days at Ben Scrien along with our two labradors. The cottage has a very secure fence around it which is a bonus if you're taking your dog on holiday as well. Sandra made us feel very welcome, and even dropped over some locally-caught seafood at one point. The sea views from the cottage are fine, although take just a short walk up the hill behind and they are stupendous! The cottage itself is in a wonderful location with lots of walking within a stones throw - both beaches and hills. The local shop stocks just about anything you might need, and is a 5 min walk away. The local pub (Am Politician) was not a high point of the holiday, however, in fairness it doesn't really set out to cater for tourists. As an alternative, the Polochar pub about 15 mins drive away on South Uist has a great menu.
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