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 north east corner of the magical Isle of Barra.
The cottage is the perfect island hideaway offering comfortable accommodation for up to four people and is the complete antithesis to a busy, stressful, inner city life. The cottage has retained its nautical charm and is close to the shore offering uninterrupted views over North Bay.
The cottage is located on a quiet cul-de-sac and 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 and the cries of the sea gulls.
There is no tv but a small stereo and internet/mobile phone reception (EE/Orange network only). There is a selection of games, books and jigsaws. There is a handheld shower over the bath with lots of hot water and two WCs. The cottage is heated by three oil-filled mobile radiators in addition to 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.
The cottage is suitable for hardy adventurers, beach combers and families.
What most of 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.
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.
The hamlet of Bruernish in which Rubha Charnain is located only has a few houses scattered along two roads both of which are quiet cul-de-sacs. It's a great place for children to explore rock pools, small harbours and re-shuffle the local crab population. Adults may prefer a stroll to the Heathbank Hotel which is just under one mile from the cottage and offers fresh seafood and excellent drinks.
The island can be reached by regular ferry from Oban or from Eriskay. Alternatively you can fly in from Glasgow and land on the only tidal airfield in the world!
On the island there is a reliable bus service with the closest bus stop just 5 walking minutes from the cottage. Alternatively guests can hire bikes in Castlebay or rent a car.
The cottage is non-smoking.
We have a no pets policy.
Firstly, Anke is so helpful and full of tips on how to get there, where to go, what to do, etc. Our trip wouldn't have been the same without that knowledge!
The cottage is spacious yet cosy and inviting. It was so good to get back to a lovely big bath and a warm fire after a day's adventuring on Barra's many beaches in winter! There is no TV if that bothers you but there is so much more to do. There are board games, cards, books, pencils, paints and a stereo to keep you entertained. The kitchen is very well equipped with lots of pans and crockery and utensils, we didn't miss anything while we were there!
The location is very peaceful and quiet being off the main island road, with views from the back over North Bay. We woke to sheep outside more than once! The island in general is just beautiful. Seeing seals in the sea and walking along amazing sandy beaches with crystal clear water were some of the highlights for me!
Basically, if you're tempted but unsure, do it. It's easier than you think to get there and it's more than worth it. And where better to stay? I hope to be back!
We could not have wished for a better host. Anke took a real interest in our trip from the very start, providing useful information to help us plan our holiday. The information was very comprehensive - from the low down on the local pubs, to tips about buying fish from the local factory and getting a good spot on the overnight ferry so that we could sleep!
Even when the weather threatened to disrupt our plans, Anke was helpful, understanding and patient, and even offered for us to stay on an extra night when it looked like we might not get off the island!
The presentation of the cottage and little extra touches made us feel so welcome once we arrived. Soap and towels on beds, electric blankets on, simple provisions ready in the kitchen, fire ready to light... It was a great place to retreat to, and it we found it to be very comfortable even in cold December!
I would definitely recommend Rubha Charnain to anyone - and i'm sure the same level of care and attention goes in to hosting guests in her Edinburgh airbnb listing too. I could not recommend her and the cottage highly enough - we will be back!
We had an excellent stay at Rubha Charnain. The house is charming, comfortable, well equipped and in a beautiful location. We felt very much at home there. The notes in Anke's green folder told us everything we needed to know. We followed her advice on various places to go and were never disappointed. The kitchen has everything, the beds are comfortable and the lounge is very cosy with the fire going in the evening. We spotted an otter on the rocks close to the cottage. RC is very special place, in part thanks to the environment Anke has created inside.
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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.
My favourite holiday destinations are the Outer Hebrides, the south Baltic (not as cold as many believe), and I have recently discovered the beauty of Iceland.
My job is arty and dangerous at the same time. Not many of those around.
I love Icelandic crime and Scandinavian design. I crossed the Alps on my motorbike. My biggest passion is outdoor swimming in the reservoirs, in stormy seas or even just a big puddle (ask me for recommendations). I like the smell of books and could easily spend days in Edinburgh´s bookshops.
I couldn't imagine life in Edinburgh without my bicycle. I am fond of dark chocolate, enjoy live music and love catching the last rays of sunshine in autumn.