Tigharry Schoolhouse

Tigharry, Western Isles
Self-catering


Come for the utter silence and the rare beauty of this far north-westerly landscape, teeming with wildlife. An antidote to city life

Bed

5 beds

Bedroom

4 bedrooms

Sleeps

Sleeps 8

The
Experience

There’s romance in this wild spot between loch and sea, no humps in the land to disturb the light, no people or traffic to puncture the stillness and much fun to be had without straying far: wild swimming or paddleboarding from your own stretch of white sand, hiking to St Kilda’s Viewing Point (30 minutes), fishing in the loch opposite from a rowboat, rock-pooling and foraging, bird watching or simply lying still to listen for the strange call of rare corncrakes, which fills the air on a spring night.

Return to a house that’s built for entertaining, with a huge living room and a long wooden table for companionable meals, a screen that pulls down (of course) and a hidden projector connected to a smorgasbord of online streaming. There’s also a library of over a thousand books, two wood-burning stoves and unlimited logs so if the weather is hurling itself at the windows then you can stay put happily.

You’ll find a drinks shelf with a choice of malts among other things, so pour yourself a wee dram, get comfy on the west-facing patio and watch a myriad of stars appear one by one – there’s not an ounce of light pollution up here.

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We think you'll love

  • The remote, wild landscape
  • Choosing which book to read from the library
  • Watching a film with the wood-burners blazing when the weather is foul
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Home truths

  • Getting here involves planning
  • You need to use the car to get to the pub or shops

Essentials

  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Oven
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Hob
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Television
  • Tennis court
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair

Nearby

  • Pub within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles

Activities

  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

Information
& pricing

Booking information

Check in
4pm
Check out
10am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights. 4 nights on weekdays. 3 nights at weekends. 7 nights in high season. Short breaks available. Pets by arrangement.
Closed
Never.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.

Pricing

Nightly price
from £200
Weekly price
from £1400
Damage deposit
£500
Surcharges
2 extra beds available.
1 House for 8
From £2005 beds4 bedrooms

Reviews

Tigharry Schoolhouse is a wonderfully welcoming and incredibly well decorated place; Every single room offers you amazing sceneries and provides you the optimum confort. The surroundings are breathtaking , and yet , you are always looking forward to enjoying this beautiful house !

Anne, London

We really enjoyed the property and its offering. The welcome book is well organised and informative about the local amenities. It provides a true home away from home feeling.

Sandra, Edinburgh

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Location

The neighbourhood

North Uist, a paradise for wildlife, sits between Harris and Benbecula in the Outer Hebrides. It's a landscape of peat bogs and lochans, big skies, white sand beaches and wildflowers in spring. There's a shop two miles from the house for petrol, local papers and basic food, and The Westford Inn, North Uist's only pub, is six miles away. In the summer, there's a pop-up food shack on the beach serving fresh crab. Day trips by ferry from here can take you to Barra for a spot of sea kayaking, or Harris/Lewis to see ancient standing stones. A five-minute drive will take you to a surfing beach called Hosta – fast becoming a hot spot for wave seekers.

Local points of interest from Pierson Austin

  • Find your inner twitcher! RSPB Balranald is a 15-minute walk from the house - take one of the weekly guided walks to learn all about the island’s avian life and how to best spot the elusive and endangered Corncrake - don't forget your binoculars!
  • Take a water-based wildlife safari in pursuit of pods of dolphins, whales or sea eagles, visiting islands or coves only accessible by boat. Or book a once in a lifetime trip to the remote St Kilda archipelago to marvel at this double world heritage site.
  • Fish for salmon and trout on one of North Uist's hundreds of lochs; take in a round of golf at South Uist’s renowned Tom Morris designed course with views across the Atlantic; visit the excellent community mill project, Uist Wool, on Grimsay.
  • Beach hop the north and west of the island - Hosta, Malacleit, Clachan Sands, Berneray, (to name a few) all have pristine white-sand bays. Forage, rockpool, fly a kite, paddle board, surf, swim...find your own favourite, deserted spot.
  • Visit the chambered cairn & the Uists only stone circle at Barpa Langass, both thought to be around 5000 years old. Or find the remains of Udal's ancient, remote wheelhouse that provides evidence of continuous settlement from the Neolithic period.
  • Go in search of wild ponies and the ghosts of both Bonnie Prince Charlie and the SS Politician (the boat of Whisky Galore fame!) on the island of Eriskay with its picture perfect bay and one of the remotest football pitches in Europe!

Introducing

Pierson Austin

Pierson and his partner are based in London. They love city life but also the great outdoors, and the first time they visited the Outer Hebrides they fell in love with its wild landscapes and big skies. They spent two years renovating the schoolhouse and visit whenever they can. They say there’s so much natural beauty to discover here they’ve hardly scratched the surface. They very much hope you will get as much enjoyment from it as they do.