I had visited Lewis and Great Bernera on day visits during two holidays on Harris 7 and 8 years ago and I decided then that on my next trip I wanted to stay on Great Bernera and at Atlantic View.
The dream came true last week when my husband and I did just that, we enjoyed the most relaxing week in this beautiful cottage which feels so like a home away from home. Everything you need is thought of and it was a lovely place to return to at the end of each day. There was always something interesting happening out of the window or at the bottom of the garden where twice a day the incoming tide brought birds and fish and also otters which we were not lucky enough to see on this occasion. The kitchen windows are a lovely place to stand and admire the ever changing light and view. We travelled widely over both Lewis and Harris and it was lovely to return over the bridge onto Great Bernera in the evening to our own bit of paradise as we named it. I would recommend the cottage to anyone looking for a peaceful, relaxing break in a beautiful location - within easy reach of everywhere but with a very special feeling of being away from it all.
The photographs show the cottage, the view from the kitchen window and a lovely sunset from the cottage.
Atlantic View Cottage is the most wonderful holiday destination. Beautifully furnished throughout, clean, warm it has all that you need - even some things you didn’t think you’d need - Anne and Chris are great hosts who think of everything!
After travelling for 1.5 days, we turned the final corner of our journey to be greeted by Atlantic View, bathed in sunshine and perched on top of a sea Loch with amazing views.
We received the warmest of welcomes from Anne, with a tour of the property and tips on what to see around the islands, as well as a lovely tea tray laid out with cake! In fact, Anne was super helpful from the point of booking to leaving the island.
Our primary visit was to see the wildlife and shake off the winter blues with some fresh air and walks. However, there’s so much more than that to see and do.
We were lucky enough to see the Northern Lights and a rare Astro phenomenon (Steve) from the cottage- as well as having many encounters and spots of local wildlife: deer, otter, seal and golden eagle.
If you don’t want to travel too far, there are great walks, sea birds and eagle to be seen from the cottage.
If you do fancy hopping in the car and driving around, the landscape is amazing and there is lots to see and do. The things we loved were: the Callanish stones, Uig, Aline Community Wood, Luskentyre beach, the Arnol Black Houses and RSPB reserve, Ness ( the lighthouse and Butt of Lewis), Loch Erisort, Uig Chessmen at Lews Castle,
Tarbet and the North Harris Eagle Observatory - a great short walk, with incredible views and not complete without a visit to the Harris Distillery for a jolly welcome and a drop of gin.
Everyone we met was kind, friendly, jovial and rightly proud of their beautiful isles.
We’d been to the Inner Hebrides a few times, but our experience on the Isleof Lewis and Harris has seen us already planning our next trip to explore more of these wonderful isles - whilst awaiting the ferry home in fact!
Worth the journey- the weather is mad (in a good way) and returning to Atlantic View after a day exploring was the icing on the cake!
Thanks so much Anne and Chris!
I spent 6 nights in the cottage in February, with winterly and sometimes challenging weather conditions. The cottage was really comfortable and I felt very much at home. The location is stunning, with many beautiful beaches in the area.
The drive to the house sets you up perfectly for what's in store - dramatic, remote, enchanting, fascinating. Everything you need is in the house and it is SO well appointed and comfortable (and weather proof!). You an tell that the owners have a great eye for detail and quality. We travelled the length and breadth of Lewis and Harris during our stay and it was always a joy to return to Atlantic Cottage at the end of each day. Not many people can say they've driven over the Atlantic Ocean! Our only 'complaint' is that our host didn't arrange the Northern Lights until the day AFTER we left ;-) What a great place - thoroughly recommended.
Atlantic View cottage was the ideal base .... quiet and peaceful yet within easy reach of the main roads for sightseeing The Isles of Lewis and Harris. The owners were very knowledgable and provided suggestions on where we might visit once we had explained our interests!! For those wanting to get away from it all.... this could be the cottage for you!!
This cottage is located on Great Bernera which is a small island off Lewis, connected by a Bridge, it has stunning views and is centrally positioned for all the main attractions of these stunning islands. We stayed in this cottage in 2013 for a week, and loved it, like (home from home), extremely clean, spacious, and well equipped for a self catering holiday, after which we decided to return to the islands for Two Weeks so we could once again enjoy the fantastic history, Walks and wildlife these islands are renowned for.