- Two 5 star award winning design eco-friendly cottages blend beautifully with their natural landscapes.
- Gold Award for Green Tourism.
- Grass-topped roofs, ancient stone exteriors and curved glass windows overlook the machair and Caribbean-esque waters of the Hebrides.
- Indulge yourself in Jacuzzi baths, private saunas or cuddle up by the fire.
- We love the unrivalled natural beauty of Blue Reef with wildflowers, heather-hued hills and its sugar white sandy beaches.
- Gorgeous Harris Tweed touches throughout and king sized beds with designer linens.
- Starlit skies with no light pollution offer perfect aurora hunting ground where you may be lucky to catch a glimpse of the Nothern lights; late September to March offers optimum aurora viewing.
- One of the main attractions to Harris and the Outer Hebrides is its wonderful wildlife. basking sharks, whales, dolphins and otters as well as raptors such as sea eagles and goden eagles.
Good To Know
- Adult only retreats.
- Both cottages remain strictly pet free.
- Short break in low season on request.
- Book a relaxing Blue Reef pamper day in-house with your own massage therapis.
- Ishga locally sourced sustainable bodywash and shampoo are provided in both cottages derived from Fresh hand-harvested Hebridean seaweed extracts.
- Wifi and secure parking.
- Electricity is provided by your own private wind turbine.
- Scarista House 5-10 minute walk April to mid October and occasionally during winter months.
- Talla Na Mara Community Cafe - October to March- Nisabost, 3 miles
- Craft Studios, Talla Na Mara, Nisabost- 3 miles open all year
- Pairc an S-trath Guest house- 2 miles
- Anchorage Restaurant,Leverburgh,- 6 miles
- Harris Hotel and Hotel Hebrides, Tarbert- 15 mile
- Various food vans selling homemade food throughout the island.
- Archery, abseiling or kayaking can be booked at Scaladale Centre along with guided nature walks on the island.
- Take your clubs with you (or can be provided at Blue Reef) if you'd like to play a round at The Isle of Harris Golf Club located just opposite the cottages in Scaritsa.
- Visit the Lewis Karting Centre, offering short karting sessions, or spend a day improving your racing techniques on a challenging, twisty, predominantly blind track, 650m long by 6m
- You can take a boat trips to St Kilda with Kilda Cruises or Sea Kilda, to visit Scotland's first World Heritage Centre and home to the largest colony of Guillemots in the world. It's also the biggest colony of Puffins in Britain, with over one million birds in total.
- Seek out the remote Shiant Islands by boat, located 11 miles east of Scalpay with Basalt rock columns, the most spectacular in Britain (better than the giants causeway).
- Perfect cycling so do bring your bikes (bikes can also be provided at Blue Reef) - dotted along the coastline on Harris are deserted villages where the inhabitants have long gone and left are the ruins of a bygone.
- There are plenty of fishing opportunities, during your holiday, to fish for Brown/ Sea Trout and Salmon. It is advisable to contact the estate in advance of your stay.
- Gin Coinnesurs wil love The Isle of Harris Distillery with visitor centre, shop and gin tastings and then ther's the Harris Tweed Shop which needs little introduction.
- The beaches at Horgabost, Luskentyre and Scarista are popular with surfers, kite mountain boarding, and blow/wind kartings, the scenery is hard to beat.
Two award-winning luxury 5 star stone cottages exclusively for adults, hidden on the Isle of Harris with luxury interiors, jaw-dropping beach views, Jacuzzi, sauna and turf roof; Hebridean hideaways perfect for lovers, stargazers and together time.
Blue Reef Cottages
The shimmering turquoise hues and crystal clarity of the Hebridean waters are carribean-esqe in nature. Topped with golden sandy beaches, carpets of wildflowers in Summer and the possible glimpse of the Aurora in the winter months makes Blue Reef Cottages a year round honeymoon destination. Blending beautifully with the landscape and peeking out from beneath their turf roofs, tucked peacefully into the hillside two cottages await you. You can be as indulgent and hidden away in each others company as you choose or head into the wonderfully wild Machair with wildflowers, hike heather topped hills or stroll deserted beaches for some special and uninterrupted time together.
These two award-winning cottages Taigh Iain and Taigh Sheumais are set on the tranquil Isle of Harris, 10 minutes walk from the village of Scarista. Wake up to jaw-dropping views over beaches, Scarista, North Harris, Taransay, Isle of Uist and the wild Atlantic Ocean beyond. Each property enjoys a spectacular observation area with long curved bay windows designed by award winning architect Stuart Bagshaw. Pad across warm stone floors courtesy of under-floor heating and curl up beside solid fuel-burning stoves situated in the main stonewall. There's built-in entertainment with Sky TV, a DVD player, Bose music centre and iPod docking station. Both cottages each have superbly equipped open plan kitchens adjacent to the dining area, making maximum use of the stunning Hebridean light and night skies. Harris Tweed soft furnishings throughout, give a luxurious feel and have been woven by local Harris weaver Mr Donald John Mackay- MBE. Harris Tweed has been woven in the Mackay family for generations and is available to purchase on the island. The large master bedrooms in each cottage are fitted with super-king-size beds and special touches include luxury Blue Reef monogrammed robes and there are slippers for guests use during their stay. Situated off the master bedroom there is a spacious study room, furnished with a desk and broadband Internet connected computer, incorporating Wi-Fi and Skype for guests use. For those who enjoy being pampered, the bathroom includes a Jacuzzi bath and sauna for two with stunning views of the "machair" surrounding the cottage. To compliment the environmental and sustainable ethos that Blue Reef embraces 100 % organic luxury island toiletries are sourced from local producer Ishga. The name Ishga is derived from the Gaelic word for water and the ingredients used in their products derive from Freshly hand-harvested Hebridean seaweed. Both cottages have been built to provide category 3 assisted wheelchair access for residents.
5 star location
The whole of Harris is designated as a National Scenic Area and is administered by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) where the wildlife astounds and you can observe some of the British Isles rarer species, such as otters, seals and eagles. The islands are one of the most important areas in the UK for breeding raptors, sea eagles and golden eagles. Wildlife and birdlife along the coastline is just as diverse and fascinating: the Minch has the densest population of otters in North West Europe and they can often be seen swimming amongst the seaweed and scrambling over the rocks. Explore Harris or head up to Lewis and visit the amazing Callanish Standing Stones, even older than Stonehenge. Enjoy the freshest seafood with minimal food miles fresh langoustines, hand dived scallops, mussels and fresh fish caught in outlying waters or pre dinner an awardwinning gin from the local Harris distillery. Take a look inside the fascinating medieval St Clements Church at Rodel at the southern tip of Harris, considered by many to be the finest example of medieval carving in the Western Isles. There are many walking and cycling routes to enjoy, and the island's beaches offer spectacular places to stroll or if you want more adventure there is also a mix of good mountainous terrain. Simply relax and enjoy your luxurious 5 star cottage, Harper Bazaar named Blue Reef Cottages one of the top 12 Ethical Hideaways "Best for watching the midnight sun."
The Hebridean "Machair" and landscape
The machair, which surrounds the cottages, is home to rare carpet flowers, such as Irish Lady's tresses, orchids, and yellow rattle. The Hebridean machair is also the last stronghold of the corncrake. Twite, dunlin, redshank, lapwing and ringed plover also thrive on the machair lands. Machair is a Gaelic word that describes an extensive low-lying fertile plain and almost half of all Scottish machair occurs in the Outer Hebrides. It is one of the rarest habitat types in Europe and in the Hebrides, it is found mainly down the west coast and is most prominent in the Uists, Barra and South Harris. From late summer the Harris hills are covered with purple, pink and blue heather and the land also provides the fuel traditionally burned in meridian homes giving off a wonderful aroma when burned. Taking the peats home to build into a stack is almost a social occasion on the island and although the practice is dying out in favour of the more convenient coal or log fuel, Blue Reef cottages still continue with this age old tradition and provide you with peat for your fire for an authentic Harris stay.
Gold Award Green Tourism
Holders of the Gold Award in the Green Tourism Business Scheme Blue Reef Cottages have an exemplary standard in their commitment to reduce the environmental impact of their activities. By encouraging sustainable practice it ensures the continued enjoyment of the environment of Harris for future generations. Recycling waste, using low energy light bulbs, using local, fair trade and environmentally friendly cleaning products. Promotion of local producers and businesses they encourage guests to also use local suppliers, who source locally and seasonally available foods contributing to the local economy and supporting local enterprise. The turf Roofs provide an excellent wildlife habitat where ‘Machair' flowers can be seen growing out of the roof during the summer months. 2 5KW wind turbines at the base of the hill behind the cottages produce sufficient energy for the properties including the Jacuzzi and sauna, for a guilt free holiday without increasing your carbon footprint.
Blue Reef Cottages offers an utterly romantic island getaway escape on the edge of the Atlantic, for couples seeking special time together.
Please visit the website and availability links for rates. Blue Reef offer a seasonal weekly rate (7 nights) April to October (with selected 3 and 4 night in 2020) and short breaks November to March. Minimum stay 2 nights from £600.
Christmas and New Year (minimum 3 nights).
Maximum Occupancy is 2 adults (18+). Accommodation is one bedroom. No pets policy.
"Cannot recommend this place highly enough. It is wonderful, high spec throughout the property, lovely hamper when you arrive. The owners have supplied lots of extras, golf clubs, bikes even binoculars to watch the amazing wildlife. They were very approachable and informative. We had an amazing break here. Would highly recommend."
"We loved everything about our stay and would highly recommend these cottages for anyone wishing to enjoy time away in a tranquil setting. My fiancé and I got married on Harris while staying here and it was the perfect place to stay during this special time. The cottage itself has a spectacular view of the ocean, a jacuzzi bathtub, sauna, and every practical amenity you could ask for (even a washer/dryer). We even had fresh (live) langoustines delivered to our front door one day from our gourmet hamper order. The peacefulness and tranquility here is incredible, with lots of privacy (there is one other cottage but you can't see them). We loved it here so much that all we talked about upon leaving is when we could come back. Rhoda was such a kind host, too - putting champagne and flowers out for us and sending us off with a small momento in celebration of our wedding. This was by far the best part of our time in Scotland and well chosen for our special occasion."
"We stayed in Taigh Iain and our very high
expectations were significantly exceeded. The views from the floor to ceiling
windows to Taransay, beaches and mountains are amazing. The quality of the
cottage inside and out is very high and good quality bikes are available, which
are very suitable for the uppy/downy roads of Harris.
Rhoda and Neil are very friendly and helpful hosts. I can confirm all the other 5 star reviews and strongly recommend a visit."
"This was our third Christmas visit to Blue Reef and possibly the best. We stayed in Taigh Iain this time and enjoyed the different views up towards the North Harris hills. Everything we needed was in the cottage and we really enjoyed the sauna and bath after our long days out. Once again the help and hospitality from Rhoda & Neil was second to none and we even bumped into them on a trip out to Scalpay. Many Thanks for helping make this a special visit. We hope to be back in the future."
"We had been looking forward to staying at Blue
Reef Cottages since we booked 18 months ago. We arrived in glorious sunshine
and it was amazing.
Rhoda the owner was there to welcome us and explain a few details about the cottage.
It is in a spectacular location overlooking the beautiful Scarista beach.
Inside, the owners have thought of everything from the welcome pack of fresh local produce to the lovely homely feel around cottage.
It is 5 star luxury with views to match. We had a fantastic week here and cannot wait to return to Blue Reef Cottages."