Riof Cottages - Riof Ocean Cottage ref: UK7125

Reef, near Uig, Isle of Lewis, Isle of Skye, Lochalsh and the Western Isles

Scottish Tourist Board 4 Star Self Catering



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  • Barbecue 
  • Bungalow 
  • Detached Property 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Ground Floor Facilities 
  • Enclosed Garden/Patio 
  • Garden / Patio 
  • Highchair 
  • Sea View 
  • Rural Location 
  • Wheelchair Access 
  • Woodburning Stove 
  • WiFi 
  • Cot Available 
  • Luxury Collection 
  • Washing Machine 
  • Working Farm 
  • Fishing Nearby/On-site 
  • Newly Listed Property 
  • Coastal within 1 mile 
  • Coastal within 3 miles 
  • Coastal within 5 miles 
  • Open Plan 
  • Ground Floor Wet Room 
  • Entrance Ramp/Level Access 
  • Grab Rails 
  • Bath/Shower Seat 
  • Parking - On Site 
  • Shower Cubicle 
  • Waterside Breaks 


Staying at Riof Ocean Cottage is a decision very well made; you have discovered a truly special place. The cottage is situated beside Reef Bay near Uig on the west coast of the Isle of Lewis. It is sheltered from the prevailing weather, so you will have lots of wildlife for company enjoying a respite from the turbulent waters of the North Atlantic only a short distance away.
The cottage itself is detached and has an enclosed plot right beside the water of the bay. Before entering the property, you are mesmerised by the setting you have for your holiday. Going onto the deck and into the property is all wheelchair accessible, and so too is the entire property. Enter into the hallway and to your right there is the very comfortable double bedroom. Next to this is the bunk bed room, which hosts possibly the most comfortable bunk bed every built. There is a large wet room suitable for disabled guests, with level entry and grab rails at the shower, toilet and sink. The living/kitchen/dining room is a superb space that you’ll enjoy spending most of your time in. There is a well equipped kitchen, spacious dining space and comfortable sitting area with a Smart TV that has Sky packages and an excellent wood burner taking centre stage. It’s a double aspect room looking out to the sea.
Within a few minutes’ walk you can be strolling along the sandy Reef Beach, then a little further away are the jaw-dropping sands at Uig, along with 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 and the beaches in fact rival anything you’ve ever seen anywhere in the world. They are totally outstanding. A little inland there are the rugged Uig hills to explore on foot. They rise up near to Riof Bay and are outliers of the North Harris hills. Up the west coast you can explore the picturesque black house village at Gearrannan and all the way as far north as you can go is 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 very rewarding day out. You could spend a week at Riof Ocean Cottage without getting back into your car, but using it now and again during your holiday is a must. Several miles away you can stroll around the world-famous Callanish Standing Stones, an other-worldly experience. Go early in the morning and have them all to yourself. It’s honestly a struggle to think of any place better for a holiday. The Outer Hebrides, the Isle of Lewis, Riof Ocean Cottage deliver on all fronts. You will visit for a week, and want to stay for two and book again to return; it’s a truly magical place. Beach 1 mile. Shop 5 miles, pub 33 miles and restaurant 5 miles.
Riof Ocean Cottage can be booked together with Riof Bay (UK31251) to accommodate up to 6 guests.

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Accommodation details

Ground floor

All on the ground floor.
Open plan living space: With wooden floor.
Living area:
With wood burner and 40" Freesat TV and Blu-ray player.
Dining area.
Kitchen area:
With induction hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and washer/dryer.
Bedroom 1: With kingsize bed.
Bedroom 2: With bunk bed.
Wet room: With shower, shower seat, grab rails, toilet and tiled floor.

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Second floor

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Underfloor central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels, Wi-Fi and logs for wood burner included. Travel cot and highchair supplied on request. Welcome pack. Lawned garden with wrap-around decking and garden furniture. Private parking for 2 cars. Wheelchair access. No smoking.


Lawned garden with wrap-around decking and garden furniture. Private parking for 2 cars. Wheelchair access. No smoking.
  • Nearest town
  • Shops
    5 miles
  • Distance
    33 miles
  • Restaurant
    5 miles
  • Nearest railway station
  • Pub
    33 miles
  • Railway station distance
  • Lake
    500 yards

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About the local area

Skye is one of the largest and best known Scottish islands and is particularly famous for its spectacular mountain scenery. It is also home to some dramatic history, diverse wildlife and rugged mountain beauty. The island of Skye makes for a great holiday destination with many visitor attractions, endless walking routes and fabulous restaurants.

Due to its popularity with tourists, you will find many craft shops and cottage museums. As for sports, you can visit the swimming pool in Portree, play golf at Sconser and Skeabost or go pony trekking. Watersports available on the island include diving, canoeing, windsurfing and yachting. Skye is also the ideal place for fishing and birdwatching.

Skye is easily accessible by either road or ferry. The road bridge is accessible from the Kyle of Lochalsh on mainland Scotland making it ideal for a day trip as well as a longer stay.

Lochalsh is truly highland territory full of clans and castles, hills of heather and views of lochs to the sea beyond. Visit the village of Plockton, a picture perfect location or Scotland's highest waterfall, The Five Sisters of Kintail. Where ever you go you are sure to be surrounded by some truly awesome scenery.

The Western Isles is a chain of islands also known as the Outer Hebrides. The main destination is the Isle of Lewis, a fairly flat island with many spectacular sandy beaches, a rugged coastline and a landscape that is worth investigating. Visitors will enjoy lots of activities including fishing, cycling, walking and bird watching. There are many other standing stones and archaeological monuments to visit too.

The rest of the western Isles can be explored using Lewis as a base. Most of the surrounding islands are covered in a blanket of peat meaning they are teaming with wildlife. Spot birds such as Kittiwakes, Guillemots, Kestrels, Hen Harriers and Redshank. With any luck you may even see otters, seals, eagles or dolphins off shore. In the summer months there are many colourful wild flowers to be seen and if you visit later in the season you can enjoy the heather in full bloom.

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