Whether you are a hiker looking for a central base to explore the beautiful Isles of Lewis and Harris, an outdoors enthusiast coming to find seals, otters and eagles or someone who simply wants to get away from it all, our bothies are for you.
Bothies are commonly places of shelter in remote places; four walls with a roof and little else. Old farm workers cottages far from the beaten track. Our bothies have kept the spirit of simplicity while bringing comfort and refinement for those not so used to life in the hills.
Located in the small crofting village of Arivruaich, the bothies are conveniently positioned midway between the ferry terminals of Stornoway and Tarbert. Although the bothies are a stone's throw from the loch shore with no one to overlook you, the A859 is at the end of the croft and the bus stop is five minutes walk away allowing easy access to the rest of the Island.
Each Bothy is furnished with a luxurious super king-sized double bed, bed linen and towels. The bathroom contains a large walk-in shower and is large enough to hang any wet clothing. The bothies have underfloor heating to create a comfortable warmth in the tiled floor and a wood burning stove to heat the room. The wood burner is supplied with firelighters, kindling and fuel and guests are encouraged to light the fire and experience the stunning atmosphere of this location.
The Bothies also have a linked covered courtyard with hot running water, optional OFYR firepit and grill, BBQ and outdoor seating provided for guests to enjoy the everchanging scenery.
The floor of each bothy is tiled and level to allow unrestricted access to all areas including the shower. There is a small step into the Bothies from the courtyard.
Cooking Facilities and Meals
The cooking facilities at the Bothies are unique and are provided beneath the covered courtyard between the Bothies. There is a traditional BBQ and a portable electric hob, both of which are free to use. Plates, cutlery, utensils and cookware are all provided. We only ask you bring your own charcoal. An area to cook using your own cooking stoves is also provided.
In addition to the BBQ and hotplate, the centrepiece to the Blackhouse Bothies is the OFYR. A sculptural firepit and grill that can be used to create a cozy evening atmosphere and cook a delicious meal to complete your day. Head over to our OFYR page for more information.
The wood burning stove in each Bothy also contains a small oven above the fire to allow small items such as delicious baked potatoes or a steak pie to be baked.
A continental style breakfast can be provided each morning if required. This includes orange juice, crusty bread rolls, muffins, fresh fruit, cheese, porridge pots, cereal selection and milk.
There is a Belfast sink with hot water for any washing up required, along with outdoor seating and table. A family-sized fridge is also provided to store your food. Plates, cultery, cook ware and utensils are all provided.
If your trip is a special occasion, please let us know and we will be happy to arrange welcome packs, champagne, flowers or restaurant bookings.
Shops / Food
If you are planning to cook on site, we advise that you bring your food prior to arrival. Everyday items can be obtained from the local garage in Leurbost which is open 7am - 10pm Monday to Saturday. Shopping on a Sunday is very limited on the Isles of Lewis and Harris.
The bothies are all about a connection with the great outdoors. Set in 5 acres of croft land on the banks of Upper Loch Seaforth, the uninterrupted views from the bedroom draws you out and into this prehistoric landscape.
Loch Seaforth is home to otters, seals, buzzards and the fantastic white tailed or sea eagle and make regular appearances around the bothies.
Well behaved dogs are very welcome.