Beautiful schoolhouse, North Uist, Outer Hebrides

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  1. 8 guests
  2. 4 bedrooms
  3. 5 beds
  4. 4.5 bathrooms
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Sleeping 8 guests, Tigharry Schoolhouse is located on the west side of North Uist in the magical Outer Hebrides.
Tigharry Schoolhouse provides light, spacious, accommodation for friends, new or old! to gather. The layout has been designed to ensure the comfort of our guests, with convivial open-plan living areas balanced by restful bedrooms and quiet private spaces.

The space
Built in the late 1800s as the local school, the house has been sensitively restored to provide spacious and comfortable accommodation for 8 - 10 guests. (For smaller groups of upto 4 guests, special pricing is available out of high season, please contact us for details.)

There are two very large double-height living spaces formed from the old schoolrooms: a kitchen-dining room with seating for 10, wood burning stove, floor to ceiling bookshelves and fully fitted kitchen (induction hob and two ovens); and a bright living room with triple aspect windows, another wood burner, comfortable seating on three large sofas, television, a desk/study area and a piano. There is additionally a big-screen projector for movie nights in - particularly fun on winter evenings! A new utility room with its own outside access houses laundry facilities and additional kitchen facilities. This part of the house (the former school) has a newly installed polished concrete floors and underfloor heating.

The cottage part of the property (formerly the schoolteacher’s lodgings) houses all the bedrooms and bathrooms. Cosy and more traditional in style, it has whitewashed wooden floors and sleeping accommodation for eight people across four bedrooms. Three doubles (one with ensuite bathroom, one with ensuite shower room), plus an additional bedroom with two single beds (and an ensuite shower room). There is also a family bathroom with a freestanding tub, plus an additional guest cloakroom. (Please note an additional 2 beds can be set up if required - please contact us to discuss).

The schoolhouse sits in its own grounds which are surrounded by an old stone wall and comprise the garden immediately around the building, and an adjacent paddock. There is ample outdoor seating in the back garden (table and seating for eight) plus a bbq for guests’ use.

From the paddock there is gate access to the fields behind the house through which a ten minute walk will bring you to the shore. This part of Uist has a wonderful sandy coastline and is perfect for catching amazing wide-sky sunsets. On clear days there are views out to St Kilda and the Monach islands.

Our home is set up to be family friendly and is ideal for groups large or small. There is wifi throughout the property, plus board games, several hundred books, outdoor games (football, cricket, kite) which guests are free to use, as well as OS maps and local walking guides. During the season it is possible to fish in Loch Eubhal (directly opposite the house) and there are many other opportunities for outdoor pursuits locally, including surfing, kayaking, cycling, angling, shooting, birdwatching and boat trips to the Monach Isles and the world heritage site of St Kilda.

It's also worth noting that that the Outer Hebrides are a year-round destination. While the wildflowers of the spring and long evenings of the summer provide for a wonderful holiday experience, clear skies are as likely in January as in June! Opportunities for walks and wildlife continue through the winter; the pub remains open for a winter tipple; you have the beach all to yourselves; and if you’re lucky, you’ll get views from the north of the island to the snow capped peaks of Harris or to experience the elusive northern lights. As a case in point, all the photos of the house and the surrounding area were taken between January and mid-March.

Where you'll sleep

Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Bedroom 2
1 queen bed
Bedroom 3
1 double bed

What this place offers

Mountain view
Valley view
Kitchen
Wifi
Free parking on premises
Pets allowed
120" HDTV with Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV, Chromecast, Disney+, Netflix
Free washer – In unit
Free dryer – In unit
Security cameras on property

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Where you’ll be

Tigharry, Scotland, United Kingdom

The west coast of North Uist is home to several historic crofting communities and wide sandy bays. Sheep graze on the Machair, a riot of wildflowers in the spring and early summer, a habitat that attracts varied birdlife including the elusive Corncrake. One of the most westerly points in the United Kingdom, looking out across the Atlantic on a clear day will reward you with views of the legendary St Kilda archipelago, 40 miles off the coast.

On the contrasting east coast of the island the landscape could not be more different; heather clad hills and sea lochs provide a fertile environment for deer, birds of prey and otter.

A series of causeways connect all the central islands of the Outer Hebrides and from North Uist it is possible to drive north to Berneray and south to Benbecula, South Uist and on to the tip of Eriskay.

While the natural environment of the Uists is spectacular, one of the additional benefits of the Schoolhouse is its strategic location. Many people wish to visit all the islands in the Outer Hebrides but equally want the convenience of consistent accomodation for the duration of their holiday. Beacuse of its position in the centre of the island chain, the Schoolhouse is an ideal base from which to do this. Short ferry crossings connect the Uists to Barra in the south and Harris to the north with 4 to 5 sailings a day. This means a daytrip to Castlebay on Barra on one day, and to the Callanish Standing Stones on Lewis the next, is perfectly possible!

Hosted by Pierson

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Hi, I'm Pierson. Originally from the Wirral, I was based in London for many years (via stints in Paris, Odessa and Moscow) and am now fortunate to call Edinburgh home. While I love city life I also enjoy getting away from it all, most especially to the wilds of Scotland and Wales where the majestic landscapes never fail to enthral me.

Hi, I'm Pierson. Originally from the Wirral, I was based in London for many years (via stints in Paris, Odessa and Moscow) and am now fortunate to call Edinburgh home. While I love…

During your stay

Access to the property is via a key safe lock on the left of the front door. We have a housekeeper who lives locally and looks after the property. She can show you around the house and help you with using any of the facilities.
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Check-in: After 16:00
Check out: 10:00
Self check-in with lockbox
No smoking
No parties or events
Pets are allowed

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