Croft Cottage
Bathroom, showing jacuzzi and door to sauna. The wall is small tiles in shades of aqua, the floor is tiled also.
View over a sea loch with fish farms to hills of North Harris in the distance.
Two ladies sitting at the top of Ben Luskentyre, showing views over beaches and hills of Southern Harris
Collie sitting looking over sea at sunrise
Side of Croft Cottage showing patio and patio doors as well as view of the sea
View of Croft Cottage overlooking the Harris coast and islands over East Loch, Tarbert
Looking south from Clisham Mountains over sea and islands near north Harris.
Wicker lounger and wicker chair at computer desk with flat screen monitor visible. A chest is between the computer desk and lounger
Two ladies walking on the moors of Harris near some cliffs by the sea
Stones piled on a beach in the foreground, with more of the beach on the other side of the bay and Harris hills in the background
View over typical Harris croftland to sea and islands beyond
View of North Harris Hills over sea loch
The tableware at Croft Cottage, made by Borgh pottery.
Double bed, chocolate pillows and white bed coverings.
View of Harris coast and islands over East Loch, Tarbert
Caledonian MacBrayne ferry, the Hebrides, on East Loch approaching Tarbert
Sandy beach with machair in the foreground, and hills across the bay in background
Picture showing the king-size bed in the master bedroom of Croft cottage. There is a picture hanging above the bed, and coordinated lamps either side. The colour scheme for the soft furnishings is based around duck egg.
Living area of croft cottage showing full height patio doors, oak floor, dark furniture, turquoise curtains made from Harris Tweed, soft furnishings to match and wood burner in the corner
Large waves approaching a rocky shore
Woman carrying surfboard away from the sea, with rainbow behind her
Loch Direcleit in the foreground, surrounded by snowy moors and East Loch Tarbert behind
Surfer just starting to stand as he rides a wave
Twin bedroom using white and deep plum contrast soft furnishings.
Yellow and red tulips growing in patio tubs in the foreground, blue sea and islands in the background
Rising sun reflected in an almost glassy smooth sea, land is dark, sea is starting to be lit by yellows of rising sun
The cruise ship Hebridean Princess is sailing away from Harris over a beautiful blue sea
Two men are on a golf course, with their clubs in the foreground. One man is about to swing while the other watches.
View of a white Croft House with patio. Two people are on a bench enjoying the sun.
A group are sat at a patio table enjoying the sun.
A man is standing on some rocks at the edge of a loch, fishing
Deer standing on a hillside
View of glacial valley floor below photographer between large Lewisian Gneiss outcrops
A wood-floored room showing dining table and chairs, comfortable seating area, patio doors and large wall-mounted television
A wood-floored room showing dining table and chairs, comfortable seating area, spacious kitchen and stairway
Swirling clouds reflecting sunset golds
Man blowing bubbles while sat with child over looking the sea

Useful links

Here is a collection of useful links relating to the Western Isles. There are ideas for things to do, places to go, and local crafts. For more information about travel, see our travel page.

Tourist Information

Visit Hebrides is the website for the Western Isles Tourist Board. It offers information about Hebridean culture, fishing, golf (including information about Harris golf course), cycling, walking, wildlife of the Hebrides, outdoor activities from surfing to climbing to kiting and Hebrides on film.

Hebridean ancestry offers information about what may be your background and how to find it.

Winter Harris has information on the activities available in Harris during the winter months.

Harris Arts Festival runs events around Harris, such as Art exhibitions, craft workshops and musical evenings.

Local Crafts and Produce

Hebridean Soap Company The Hebridean Soap Company makes handmade soap from the finest natural ingredients. They are located in Lewis, and their soap is sold in several craft shops around the islands as well as available by mail order. We use their soap in Croft Cottage.

Borgh Pottery make a wide selection of pottery from tableware to candlesticks, as well as one-off designs made to order. They have produced a special design of tableware for Croft Cottage.

W J MacDonald produce the world famous Stornoway Black Pudding which you can buy through the web and get delivered to your door.

Salar Smokehouse have won many awards for their smoked salmon and were one of Rick Stein’s “Food Heroes”.

The Isle of Harris Distillery first opened for visitors in 2015. They have a number of products available including Isle of Harris gin. They aim to have The Hearach whisky available from 2019 – you can’t rush the cask maturation!

Meals and Eating Out

Scarista House has a restaurant cooking local produce where possible. It is around 20 minutes drive from Croft Cottage.

Ardhasaig House is about 3 miles from Croft Cottage. The Ardhasaig House Hotel has a restaurant that offers a set menu and is open to non-residents.

Harris Hotel is located in Tarbert and has a restaurant available to non-residents.

Pairc an t-Srath is a guest house on the West of Harris. Their dining room is open to a limited number of non-residents, offering dinners sourced, where possible, locally.

Hotel Hebrides has a restaurant near the pier in Tarbert.

Trips and Outings

Kilda Cruises offer day cruises to several of the outlying islands as well as St Kilda. These offer the opportunity to see many species of wildlife mostly undisturbed by human habitation.

Scenic Cruises offer cruises along the east coast of Harris, giving a chance to see the wildlife, and view the island from a different perspective.

Mike and Peggy Briggs offer a hill walking guide service on the Isle of Harris, as well as other sports and fitness activities, e.g. tennis, yoga.

Sea Harris run day trips to St Kilda and shorter trips to other small Hebridean islands starting from Leverburgh or Tarbert.

Other Useful links

Skoon Art Cafe, Geocrab is 8 miles from Tarbert. They offer a variety of non-alcoholic drinks, light snacks along with the chance to enjoy the view to Skye and admire the work of local artists.

Allan MacDonald has painted a set of pictures featuring St Kilda. All his work is done in the North of Scotland and islands, e.g. in the past he has spent a week painting in Luskentyre.

Co Leis Thu is the Genealogy Research Centre for the Western Isles. They have researched both written sources and local oral tradition to give a large resource of family relationships.

Exploring Scotland provides a directory of tourist information around Scotland.

3 Sail Loft offers luxury 2-bedroom accommodation in Stornoway.

  • Sleeps 6.
  • 3 bedrooms.
  • Ground floor wheelchair accessible
  • Free Wi-fi for guests
  • Open March to November
  • From £1220 per week.
  • Phone: 01859502338.
  • Mobile: 07748042926.
  • E-mail: Alice Read
  • Use our contact form