View from the cottage across tranquil North BayRubha Charnain - Seaside cottage at dusk
4 guests
2 bedrooms
3 beds
1.5 baths
4 guests
2 bedrooms
3 beds
1.5 baths
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If you are looking for a simple, traditional cottage with rustic charm overlooking the sea, this may be the place for you. This two bedroom cottage is 30m from the Hebridean Sea and located on the Bruernish Peninsula overlooking North Bay on the magical Isle of Barra.

The space

The cottage is the perfect island hideaway offering comfortable accommodation for up to four people and provides the complete antithesis to a busy, stressful, inner city life style.

The cottage has retained its nautical charm and is close to the shore offering uninterrupted views over North Bay.

Located on a quiet cul-de-sac just 30m from the shore, the only noise you'll be likely to hear are the distant engines of the fishing boats leaving the bay or returning with their catch, the howls of the seals or the cries of the odd sea gull.

Sitting on a sheep skin on the Victorian sofa by the roaring fire can be as magical as catching the morning sun sparkle across the bay from the blue bench. But regardless of the time of year, you'd need to pack a warm fleece, we're in the Outer Hebrides after all.

During the summer months the cottage is a great place for beach combers, nature lovers and families. As for the rest of the year the cottage is suitable for hardy adventurers only.

The cottage offers fast broadband and there is EE reception. There is small stereo/ radio player with an eclectic selection of CDs and there are lots of games, books and jigsaws.

The cottage is heated by three oil-filled mobile radiators in addition to the open fire for which we provide plenty of coal. All beds have four season duvets and electric blankets to ensure a cosy night's sleep.

You'll find a well-equipped kitchen with a washing machine, dishwasher, cooker, a small fridge and micro-wave.

What my friends and I love most about Rubha Charnain is the breathtaking ever changing light across the bay and the beautiful sunsets over the western hills.

The cottage is non-smoking and we have a no pets policy.

Guest access

Guests have access to the whole cottage and to the garden which leads down to the shore. There are two parking spaces in front of the cottage.

Interaction with guests

I am happy to answer questions regarding the cottage, the village and the island. However, we respect our guests' privacy so that they can enjoy a peaceful break.

Other things to note

The cottage is non-smoking. Sorry, no pets allowed.

Wireless Internet
Free parking on premises

Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 double bed
Bedroom 2
2 single beds

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Check in time is 4PM - 12AM (midnight)
Check out by 10AM

The cottage is non-smoking.
We have a no pets policy.


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Katie User Profile
September 2017
I had my eye on this place for quite a while before I finally planned a trip to Barra. It was absolutely lovely! The cottage is secluded, but the island is so small you can be anywhere you want fairly quickly. The space was perfect with plenty of warm heaters and blankets. The kitchen was incredibly well stocked, and everything was so welcoming. There is a nice big bathtub as well! We rented bikes instead of a car, which made the trip all the more lovely. The hotel down the road serves a lovely dinner, we went twice and highly recommend.

Cameron User Profile
February 2016
Anke and her charming home Rubha Charnain are everything that is right with AirBnb, we could not have asked for a more perfect Valentines weekend getaway! As we were going during the off season, it was especially kind of Anke to make sure the house was in perfect working order for us even though not even a week earlier there had been multiple storms passing through. You seriously would not even be able to tell there was any damaging weather at all with the way the house was set up so welcoming and clean for us. Between the fireplace, large bathtub, and a view that would be hard to top, this little spot on Barra is a real gem that we 100% recommend to everyone!

Marie User Profile
October 2017
The cottage didn't entirely meet our expectations. We didn't find it very clean, there was some waste left from the guests before, it was quite dusty and the kitchen and bathroom haven't been as clean as we would have expected them to be. Also, you can't heat the bathroom because there is no outlet to plug the heater in. What we liked about the cottage was the view and the location as well as the perfect communication with Anke and her carefully compiled folder of EVERY information that you might need during you stay. We also loved the map of Barra in the hall where Anke had made all sorts of recommendations (or warnings!). That was super helpful.

Mike User Profile
April 2017
It's a lovely rustic cottage with every detail thought of, with instructions and help for everything. It was cold and windy outside so the coal fire was used extensively and loved. It's a lovely cosy lounge. Electric blankets and crisp sheets were sooo nice. We missed having a shower but adapted to the bath and handheld shower head. The wine and chocolates were a nice touch ... made us fell very welcome.

Victoria User Profile
April 2017
The cottage exceeded our expectations massively. Everything was perfect. We were given a lovely welcome with the electric blankets and heaters on, fresh flowers and lovely finishing touches. The cottage was a fun 7 mile cycle with one massive hill and the rest of the hills manageable. The cottage is near the airport and right next to sea itself. There is tonnes of information around the cottage on places to go and things to do. Anke was an amazing host, keeping in close contact when our departing ferry was cancelled (due to poor weather) and being very helpful and positive. We could easily have spent whole days in the cottage enjoying the coal fire, collections of boardgames and books and views. Thank you!

Maina User Profile
March 2017
This is one of the best Air BnB experiences we have had. Anke was so helpful with questions, queries and information before we arrived. The house was very clean and tidy, everything was provided and more. We were made to feel very welcome with a welcome message, flowers and fridge stocked with essentials, as well as a gift for our anniversary. We had such a great stay and would recommend this place to anyone. You'll have a fantastic time on Barra!

Alison User Profile
February 2017
Absolutely perfect place to get away from it all and switch off for a few days. The location is stunning! And cottage is cozy once the fire gets going.

Edinburgh, United KingdomJoined in November 2013
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I am totally and irrevocably in love with Edinburgh, its architecture, its cafes, its culture and its people. I came to this city as a young student, returned to do a postgraduate degree and then - as so many of us - got stuck and never looked back. I regularly spend time in …
Languages: Deutsch, English, Svenska
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