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Reviewed 13 June 2013

We booked our ferry back to Skye over the phone and were waiting by the quayside for the 8pm boat only to find there isn't one on Sundays, so quick change of plan. I phoned Roddy who said if we gave him an hour he'd get one of the rooms in the chalet ready for us. I said we didn't have food (shops closed on Sundays), to which he replied he'd let the lady who runs the Post Office know we were coming and we could buy some provisions there.

We were really impressed with the chalet at £21/night each. Brilliant kitchen, lounge and comfy beds. My only complaint is that we didn't have the time to stay longer. :)

And as for the funny name of the place, No 5 Drinishader, it's the postal address as there's no street names, just the village and a house number.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 28 May 2013

I stayed with a couple of girl friends in the 4 birth room - it was a bit of a surprise to find we had a male as our room mate as well but it was absolutely no problem at all! The place was lovely and warm and really cosy. Kitchen facilities were great - though we opted for a cooked breakfast to be provided which was good quality and good value. Roddy who runs the place could not have been more helpful - even to the point of letting us use his landline until we had our St Kilda trip sorted out. I would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Cropton100
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Reviewed 28 April 2013

A great place and overnight base for the 5 of us who were cycling north through the Outer Hebrides. Roddy and Annette provided a dinner and cooked breakfast so we didn't have to carry food and were very welcoming. The roast lamb dinner was worth the trip, thanks Annette.
The find of the trip.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with friends
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1  Thank PeterCasebow
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Reviewed 12 April 2013

We decided to stay here as we had such an early start in the morning for the ferry. It is about a 15min drive to the ferry at Tarbert and you have to be there by 6.45am.
We were so glad we stayed, it was so comfy and welcoming. We had the whole croft to ourselves as no-one else was staying that night.
If you are staying remember you can take food and cook here so long as you tidy up after yourself.
There is a wood burning stove which you have to keep alight (unfortunately we went to bed early and it went out so apologies to Roddy)
I had the best sleep of my whole trip here, it was lovely in the room upstairs. When we got up in the morning we were rewarded with the most beautiful view as the sun was rising.
You can request breakfast but we decided to wait and have it on the ferry.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank shonaf186487
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Reviewed 7 April 2013

We stayed for 5 nights in a twin room in the hostel house. Our room was cozy witn a lovely view. The two twin rooms share a bright and airy bathroom on a small landing and downstairs there is a bunk room for 4 with separate shower and toilet. The main area of the house is very quaint - log burner and sofas as well as a Very well equip kitchen - large fridge, hob, oven, all pans/crockery/ cutlery you could want. Tea and coffee provided as well. Many people who stayed for one night ( mainly cyclists) said it was the best they had stayed in on the islands.

Roddy and Annette are helpful and gracious hosts who live in the main house. We only had one meal cooked by Annette and it was very nice; although we saw other meals and heard good reviews! There is also a lovely picnic table outside for warm weather with a fabulous view.

We hired kayaks one morning ( only £15 for a half day and £20 for a whole!) and explored the bay which was beautiful. I hadn't kayaked before but my boyfriend had, so on a calm day they are ok for beginners. I think a guided kayaking session can be arranged. If you want to kayak it might be best to book in advance.

The area is beautiful and very quiet, there is little (if any) mobile signal but you can find some close by. It's very relaxing to have no tv etc! ( Internet is available in the office for a mail check). There is a guitar and a few book on the islands available - it's a perfect place to read a book.

We had a fantastic time- exploring the beeches and various other areas of the island as well as stopping at the many small cafes and art galleries.

Overall thoroughly recommended to anyone wanting to explore the islands on a modest budget and wanting somewhere memorable to stay!

  • Stayed: March 2013
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1  Thank Anna B
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Reviewed 2 September 2012

There appear to be two buildings here, one signed "hostel" and next to it the "Croft House" which we stayed in. Our room was a double and two bunks which we had booked for two and it was great. The room was fairly new looking with a great view out over the loch. It was well appointed and clean and tidy. We loved it. Our only negative would be the shower could do with a bit more pressure, but this is being picky. The kitchen was large, well equipped, clean, probably the best we have seen in a self catering hostel type environment. The adjacent community area was large and comfortable. The setting around the hostel was fantastic and we would love to have stayed longer and taken advantage of the available kayaks top explore the bay.

Room Tip: Be sure whether it is the hostel or the croft house you are booking. No doubt price will be a factor...
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  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank DerrickandMyra
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Reviewed 26 August 2012

Roddie and Irena were absolutely fantastic hosts. The cottage is beautifully done up, with comfortable rooms and great kitchen facilities. With gorgeous views of the bay, we went sea kayaking, rented their cycles and they have fishing equipment too- all for the best value we'd found on our whole trip of the Hebrides.
Absolutely wonderful place!

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank Angus H
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Address: 5 Drinishader | Isle of Harris, Tarbert HS3 3DX, Scotland (Formerly Drinishader Bunkhouse)
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > The Hebrides > Outer Hebrides > Lewis and Harris > Isle of Harris > Tarbert
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Speciality Lodging in Tarbert
Price Range: £15 - £22 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
N°5 offers hostel accommodation in the Cottage and more comfortable and spacious accommodation in the Croft House. We also offer sea/loch kayaking, fishing, walking. We have bikes for hire and also camping equipment for our "paddle & camp" island camp out activity. We also serve breakfast by request, you must book ahead. We are located by the sea, overlooking East Loch Tarbert and there is a great pier for fishing, swimming or launching your own craft. ... more   less 
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No 5 Isle Of Harris/Tarbert, The Hebrides

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