Staying at Riof Bay is a decision very well made; you have discovered a truly special place. The annexe is situated right beside Reef Bay near Uig on the west coast of the Isle of Lewis. It is sheltered from the prevailing weather, so you will see lots of wildlife enjoying a respite from the turbulent waters of the North Atlantic only a few miles across the peninsula.
The annexe itself adjoins the owner’s home, but is very private. Entering the annexe, you have a spacious hallway that leads through to the large living/dining/kitchen area. This space has amazing views out across the bay, and there is a door leading down some steps to a seating area, so you can enjoy watching wildlife, the northern lights, or simply having a drink and switching off from modern life. The kitchen is very well equipped, the dining area is more than suitable, and the living space has an excellent TV with Sky packages included. Back to the hallway and there is a double bedroom and a spacious shower room. The entire property has underfloor heating, so it’s comfortable throughout the year.
Within a few minutes’ walk you can be strolling the amazing Reef Beach on the other side of the peninsula, and a little further away is the jaw-dropping sands at Uig and the tiny sandy cove of Mangersta Beach. There is a lot said about the beaches further south on the island of Harris, but here in the far west of Lewis, a secret has been kept that the beaches in fact rival anything you will have ever seen anywhere in the world; they are outstanding. It’s not all about the beach though, there are hills, lochs and moors for you to explore on foot. The rugged Uig hills rise up near to Riof Bay and are outliers of the North Harris hills. There are many adventurous routes you can head off on into and up these mystical island peaks.
You could spend a week at Riof Bay without getting back into your car, but using it now and again during your holiday is a good idea. Several miles away you can stroll around the world-famous Callanish Standing Stones. They’re older than Stonehenge and are an other-worldly experience. Go early in the morning and have them all to yourself. A little further on from Callanish up the west coast you can explore the picturesque black house village at Gearrannan, and if you have driven there, you may as well as explore the west coast of Lewis all the way up to Stevenson’s Butt of Lewis lighthouse (officially the windiest spot in the United Kingdom!). Stornoway is a nice small town and a useful centre to visit, and remember that the Isle of Harris is connected to Lewis; they are in fact one island with the North Harris mountains the only barrier. The road to Harris is worth taking, and exploring Harris will be a very rewarding day out.
It’s honestly a struggle to think of any place better for a holiday. The Outer Hebrides, the Isle of Lewis, Riof Bay deliver on all fronts. You will visit for a week, and want to stay for two and book again to return; a truly magical place. Beach 1 mile. Shop 5 miles, pub 33 miles and restaurant 5 miles.
Riof Bay can be booked together with Riof Ocean Cottage (UK7125) to accommodate up to 6 guests.
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2 steps to entrance.
All on the ground floor.
Open plan living space: With tiled floors throughout.
Living area: With wood burner and 32" Sky Smart TV (basic package).
Kitchen area: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washer/dryer and French door leading to seating area.
Bedroom: With double bed.
Shower room: With walk-in shower, toilet and tiled floor.
Underfloor central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels, and Wi-Fi included. Initial logs for wood burner included. Travel cot and highchair supplied on request. Welcome pack.
Garden with garden furniture (shared with owner). Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking. Please note: There are 2 steps to the seating area.
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