Berneray Otter Cottage

Famous for Gaelic culture and the fantastic beaches and wildlife, especially seals, otters and birds

Whole House

185 m2


Free Parking


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Master Bedroom

The bedroom is equipped with a large double bed with a super comfortable mattress, duvet ample drawer space, bed side tables with lights and black out curtains. There is a TV available and a computer screen to which you can attach your lap top.


The Master Bedroom toilet shower is en-suite and equipped with towels, soap, and shampoo.

Bedroom 2

This bedroom is slightly smaller and is equipped with a double queen size bed with a very comfortable mattress. There is ample drawer space, a wardrobe and black out curtains.

Bedroom 3

This bedroom has two comfortable single beds with quality mattresses,  duvet, black out curtains and a large wardrobe.

The Living Room

The sitting room has large picture windows overlooking Bays Loch and two nearby seal colonies. Otters are often seen playing in the water near the shore and occasionally venture onto land. The cottage faces East and the sunrises are spectacular.

Comfortably furnished with a double sofa and lounge chair, warm carpet and a wood/peat burner, the cottage is heated throughout with modern electric heaters.

The Modern Kitchen

The Modern Kitchen is equipped with electric cooker with oven and grill, washing machine, dryer, dishwasher, microwave cooker, toaster, kettle, and coffee maker. There are ample cooking utensils, crockery, tableware and basic necessities (washing powder, bread, salt sugar, coffee, milk bread, cooking oil, butter etc)

The Bathroom

The second shower/ toilet is equipped with towels, shampoo, and soap

(Main toilet shower is en-suite in the Master Bedroom)

More Amenities For Your Comfort


  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Terrace
  • Patio
  • Garden

Other Amenities

  • Drying Rack For Clothing
  • Ironing Facilities

Fire And Safety

  • Smoke Alarm
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Fire Blanket
  • First Aid Kit

What Others Say About Our Cottage

Testimonials From

DerekUnited Kingdom

Amazing location, excellent service / owners and well kept and cosy building.

CarltonUnited Kingdom

Very clean and quiet, comfortable bed, and it was lovely to be offered some basic groceris as part of my stay. But, the real draw is the location, which is utterly stunning

AnonymousUnited Kingdom

It’s right on the rocky seafront, the sea a few meters from the house. Spacious, clean, tidy, well equipped, great views and great location. World class beach a short distance.


Great house with a view of a seal colony. Perfect location if you are looking for solitude. Great facilities for self-catering, but the restaurant, bistro is also exceptionally good and highly recommended. There is also a supermarket in the bistro 200m away. The beaches on Berneray are the nicest we have ever seen



DavidUnited Kingdom

Amazing place to stay and what a view from the living room. Comfortabe and very clean and well equip

HelenUnited Kingdom

Super Stay

MarkUnited Kingdom



The Private Car Park can fit one large or two small vehicles.
As you enter the cottage, the porch area is ideal for removing and hanging outdoor footwear and clothing.
The Garden area is grassed and features a fir tree which was brought to the cottage as a small Christmas tree and rather than being thrown out was planted and is now thriving.
It is advisable not to venture on to the rocks as the seaweed is very slippy. The seals can be best viewed at the designated seal viewing area a short walk along the road.  You are welcome to use the binoculars in the cottage.

Beneath the modern outer shell, the width of the window sills is testimony to the 6 feet wide dry stone walls which makes the cottage so cozy and dry despite being so near to the shore. Originally a thatched cotter’s cottage  (a tenant occupying a cottage in return for labour).

The age of the building is unknown. However, it is almost certainly several hundred years old. Otters are often seen frolicking near or on the shores of Berneray. Hence the name of the cottage.

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Berneray is home to many other families and waiting to meet you!

A Peaceful Place To Relax And Wind Down

A Warm Welcome

Mary MacLean at the Post Office opposite will look after you at the property. She will either greet you personally or arrange for the property to be open warmed up with all your amenities refreshed. Don’t hesitate to go see her at the Post Office opposite. (Telephone 01876540249)

Berneray is famous for Gaelic culture, fantastic beaches and wildlife, especially seals, otters and birds. The machair area is a place of Special Scientific Interest mainly because of the traditional methods of crofting allowing for rare plants and birds to thrive. Stock up with food at the Co-op before your arrival or get your

supplies from the Berneray Shop and Bistro which has all you need for your stay on Berneray and serves great lunches dinners and snacks.

The parking area is fenced in and Private. Holding one large or two smaller cars. Be careful when venturing onto the rocks in front of the property as the seaweed is slippy. WiFi is broadband and fairly good for BT standards.

Location & How To Get Here

After driving over the causeway from North Uist, turn right at the T junction past the ferry terminal. Drive for about one mile on the single track road along the coast past the harbour, until you come to the Post Office on the left. The cottage is directly opposite the Post Office.
Pick up the key from Mary MacLean at the Post Office Tel 01876540249.  She will be your host on Berneray.

Daily flights to Benbecula from Glasgow, Flights from Stornoway & Inverness (Mon to Fri) via Loganair.


Mainland Scottish Citylink bus service from Glasgow to Skye connecting with ferries, and Western Isles bus service.


Daily Calmac sailings from Skye to Lochmaddy.


ScotRail services from Glasgow to Kyle of Lochalsh for interchange to local bus services.

32 backhill Berneray,
Berneray, HS6 5BD,
United Kingdom

Berneray Shop and Bistro

This wonderful little shop is well stocked with groceries and a selection of wines and spirits. The Bistro serves fantastic meals at lunch and dinner in the Spring and Summer.  Check for opening times in the winter months.
For more information on the wonderful history and beautiful beaches on Berneray and what’s going on at the village hall please refer to the Berneray Community Web Site:

Links to Our Neighbours on Berneray, Harris and the Uists

Links to our neighbours who offer B & B, self catering and other quality facilities on Berneray and nearby Islands can be found below;


Berneray Self Catering;


The Smiddy at Burnside Croft – 5 star self catering accommodation – Sleeps two

Contact Gloria at


Valley Sands Sollas, North Uist. A fantastic B & B with great reviews.

Contact Neil and Marion



On your way to visit us, stay over at beautiful Ardno House at Ballachulish near Glen Coe A perfect stopover for a leisurely drive to catch the afternoon or evening ferry from Uig. Your hosts Robert and Morag assure you of  a friendly welcome. Morag’s mother was a much loved daughter of Berneray.

Booking & Availablity

You can view the availability of our Berneray Otter Cottage below

2023/24 Weekly Tariff

The cottage can be booked for a minimum of three nights stay in High Season. Minimum two nights short breaks are available during the Low Season

  • Minimum 2 nights stay in low season from £180.00

Christmas and New Year (20 December – 5 January) charged at peak season rate

  • Minimum 2 nights stay from £240.00

Low Season

6 January to 30 April Minimum 2 nights stay £180.00

Low Season

1 October to 20 December minimum 2 nights stay £180

Peak Season

1 May to 30 September minimum 3 nights stay £360.00

Prices Include

15% Discount For Either:

  • Minimum £20 Electricity on arrival. Thereafter, top up the Pay-As-You-Go Meter at the Post Office opposite
  • Bed linen, towels, toilet paper, soap, shampoo, washing powder
  • WiFi

(a) Long stay discount                  Or    
7 nights or more (15%)

(b) Early booking discount
Bookings placed more than or equal to 180 days prior to arrival: 15%

Cancellation Policy

Once received, deposits cannot be refunded.

House Rules

Damage to property

Please report any accidental damage of fixtures or fittings to your host Mary, who will ask you to pay the reasonable cost of replacement or repairs


Although we love, animals, in particular dogs, we do not allow pets as unlike in the city environment, pets on holiday tend to bring the wet, muddy, or sandy countryside into the house.


Strictly No Smoking anywhere on the property.

Unregistered guests

The number of guests using the cottage should be as stated in the booking information.


Children are especially welcome. We ask that you do not allow children to venture onto the rocks in front of the house.

By accepting this booking you agree to the aforesaid Rules Of The House

How To Book

Check the Calendar for Availability- Click on the nights you wish to book.

The calendar will hold your booking pending approval.

Confirmation of your booking will be within 24 hours.

25% of total rent must be deposited at least 3 days ahead of arrival or within 10 days of booking confirmation (whichever is the soonest). The remainder to be paid on arrival.


Bank of Scotland Sort Code 80-45-41
A/C 01009663.




Norman MacKillop
+85366120435. (Text Only-I will reply as soon as possible)

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