Timsgarry Byre

Timsgearraidh, Uig, Isle of Lewis HS2 9JD, United Kingdom
John and Linda Nosgrove
Accomodation
2 > Guests
Bedrooms
1 Bedrooms / 1 Beds
Bathrooms
1 Full

About this listing

Stargaze under twinkling Hebridean skies, stroll deserted white sand beaches or cuddle up by a peat burning stove – this stunning Hebridean hideaway for two is the perfect escape where magical standing stones, wildlife and flower filled machairs await you.

Your Hebridean hideaway with a magical Afghan connection!

Timsgarry Byre exudes calm and tranquillity, a Hebridean hideaway in the tiny hamlet of Timsgarry on the doorstep of Uig Beach, overlooking breath-taking scenery of mountains and machair. Exquisite attention to detail, high standard finishes throughout and local craftsmanship combine traditional heritage of the croft with contemporary design. Your stay at Timsgarry combines the romance of the Hebrides, beautiful furnishings, designer build credentials and an interesting connection between Uig in Lewis and Afghanistan. On a quiet loop road, Timsgarry is within a few minutes walk from the beach, local shop, community centre with café and the Uig Sands restaurant. Relax in front of the peat-burning stove in the open plan living area dotted with beautiful Georgian and Victorian furniture, and Congolese Masks and Afghan rugs collected by their daughter Linda during her time in both Afghanistan and Uganda. At night stretch out in the raised super king bed with high spec Hypnos mattress and down topper. The bedroom can be configured as a twin on request and the conical ceiling and panoptical curved windows provide breath-taking views overlooking the beach.

The kitchen has everything you could possibly need for your stay; bone china crockery, granite worktops, induction hob, electric oven/grill, toaster, kettle, fridge, ice maker, microwave and oak finish throughout. There’s a wet tiled bathroom with shower and oodles of hot water, Quartzite wall tiles, marble surround and under floor heating so you can pad across warm travertine flooring. Externally this traditional stone built house is finished with corrugated aluminium cladding with slate and corrugated roofs. Designed in conjunction with local award winning architect Stuart Bagshaw, the owners have thoughtfully kept the original layout as much as possible, which is that of a main byre with extensions to either end having varying roof heights and pitches, finished both in slate and corrugated iron. Green credentials at Timsgarry include air source heat pump and under floor heating with special consideration to the lighting, mostly low voltage efficient LED lights with tiny LED up-lighters to each window. The property enjoys unlimited broadband Wi-Fi and the television can be set up if requested with Internet access and freesat connections. Relax in the stressless reclining chair with footstool and pick up one of the curated collection of books available for guests use during their Hebridean escape. For the more adventurous there are two electric bikes, fishing gear and even two body boards for when the surf is up. For a more relaxed day out head for deserted beaches, archaeology tours, golf, walking or wildlife spotting where Red Deer, Otters, Sea Eagles, Golden Eagles are just a few of the local residents you might see in Uig.

The Linda Norgrove Foundation

Income from Timsgarry Byre is donated to the lindanorgrovefoundation.org, by the owners of the property and parents of Linda Norgrove. A registered charity which aims to help women and children affected by the war in Afghanistan, LNF continues the work of their daughter who worked for the World Wildlife Fund and the United Nations in Peru, Laos, and then Afghanistan. In 2010, she was kidnapped by the Taliban and was killed in a botched rescue attempt by US special forces. Income from the Byre pays for the UK running costs so that every pound donated gets to Afghanistan, hopefully levering further donations to support those who have never known peace and live in the poorest country in the world outside Africa. The Foundation gives small grants to local charities and awards scholarships to young women studying at universities. In nine years they have sent over one and a half million pounds to Afghanistan.

Getting here

The most popular way to arrive in Uig is by Calmac (Caledonian MacBrayne) car and passenger ferries that sail from Ullapool on the Scottish mainland to Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis and from Uig on the Isle of Skye to Tarbert on the Isle of Harris. For holiday makers island hopping up through the Outer Hebrides there are ferry connections between Berneray on North Uist and Leverburgh in Harris. There are also flights operating from Stornoway airport, Logan Air has services to and from Benbecula, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness and Manchester. Inverness is served by British Airways, KLM, EasyJet, Flybe and Logan Air. Cars can be hired from Car Hire Hebrides or Stornoway Car Hire. Timsgarry is a 50-minute drive from Stornoway.

Island Adventures

The Hebrides are a bird watchers paradise, Golden eagles and Sea eagles call Uig home and it is usual to see these magnificent birds from the Byre windows. Corncrakes nest close by and their calls can be incessant in summer at night. Buzzards, merlins, ravens, dippers, woodcocks, grouse, snipe, golden plover, wrens, red throated divers, herons are all common. Being so close to the ocean, the common sea birds include guillemots, razorbills, fulmars, great skuas, gulls, shags and innumerable waders. Nesting sites might be revealed to responsible birders. Deer often graze in the village.

Visit Great Bernera where you can cross a bridge over the wild Atlantic to view the Iron Age House, the Time and Tide Bell or if you enjoy walking there’s a three and a half hour walk from Valasay to Tobson and Bosta. Take in the world famous Standing Stones at Callanish, half way between Timsgarry and Stornoway. Based at Miavaig, using both large RIBs and a larger traditional fast boat, Seatrek offer boat trips. Visit the small uninhabited islands off Uig and, when the weather allows, trips to the Flannan Isles and the UNESCO World Heritage site of St Kilda which offer fantastic seabird spectacles each summer breeding season. Sea Harris and Kilda Cruises operate from Leverburgh in Harris. Whales, dolphins and basking sharks are often seen on boat trips and occasionally from the shore when the sea is calm. Stunning white sandy shell beaches, seventeen in all, range from secret coves to the amazing Uig Bay, next to the Byre, where you can go kayaking, surfing, kiting, or just exploring. Discover your own quiet cove and take a picnic. The wildlife is abundant and if you keep a lookout you are likely to see red deer, otters, seals and maybe the odd highland coo wandering by!

Walk through the Machair; carpets of wildflowers that bloom around the coastal areas of the islands, the name given to one of the rarest habitats in Europe and only occurring on exposed western coasts of Scotland and Ireland. Uig Bay is home to where the famous Uig Chessmen were discovered in 1831 buried in a sand bank. Book a private guided tour – ideal if you want to discover the islands secretive hidden historical places, helping you to achieve a clearer insight into the Islands wealth of archaeology and culture. Visit Abhainn Dearg whisky distillery which was started in 2008 and was the first legal whisky producer on the islands in almost two hundred years. For star gazers Uig boasts truly dark skies, also a good place to watch the Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis.

 

Rates : 

1st Nov – 31 March rates are £100 per couple per night (minimum 3 night stay).

Weekly lets Friday to Friday all year. One well behaved pet welcomed free of charge by prior arrangement.

 

Guests Comments :

A stay at Timsgarry will soothe the soul, it offers tranquillity peace and a different rhythm of life where you can slow down beautifully on the edge of the Atlantic. I had a wonderful stay here. It’s very luxurious and the view from the bedroom is utterly fabulous. Perfect place to get away from it all.”

“What a fab place – with probably the best sea and mountain views from a bedroom in the British Isles! A stone’s throw from beautiful Uig Sands. Stylish, quirky, extremely well-equipped and very comfy.”

“Beautiful accommodation. Close to the beach and every detail thought of for a comfortable stay. Book early before it’s fully booked!”

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Details

  • Guests: 2
  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Beds: 1
  • Bathrooms: 1

Prices

  • Per Night: £100.00

Features

Amenities

  • Bluetooth Speaker
  • Dog Friendly
  • Drying Room
  • Electric Bikes
  • Free Parking
  • Hairdryer
  • Induction Cooker
  • Laptop-Friendly Workspace
  • Microwave
  • Mountain Views
  • No Smoking
  • Open Fire/Woodburner
  • Sea views
  • Secure Bike Storage
  • TV Cable
  • Wi-Fi

Terms & rules

  • Smoking allowed: No
  • Pets allowed: Yes
  • Party allowed: No
  • Children allowed: No
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