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Getting to The Corncrake Cottage from the Mainland

Caledonian MacBrayne Ferries run from Uig on the Isle of Skye which arrives into Tarbert on the Isle of Harris  and also from Ullapool which arrives into Stornoway, Isle of Lewis. 

From Tarbert, The Corncrake Cottage is a 15 minute drive through stunning scenery and from Stornoway The Corncrake Cottage would be around an hours drive. 

There is also a terminal in Leverburgh which runs to the Uists. The location of the cottage makes it an ideal base for traveling throughout Harris and Lewis.

 The main village of Tarbert has an assorted mix of shops, a post office, bank, hairdresser, eateries and a petrol station. Tarbert houses a Tourist Information Centre where you will be assisted in planning any activities or sights you wish to see throughout your stay on the island.  

Tarbert also has an excellent Sports Centre with a fully equipped gym and a leisure pool which will keep the kids entertained on rainy days.

The Corncrake Cottage lies on the main transport route of the island so even without a car, you can easily visit the spectacular beaches of South Harris or the historic St. Clements Church in Rodel.

In the opposite direction there are services to Stornoway and local points of interest, such as the Callanish Stones and Black Houses on the West Side of Lewis.

There are eateries on the Island to suit everybody’s taste: The newly opened Hebridean Arts Cafe is situated in the village of Seilebost only a short stroll from The Corncrake Cottage. It offers homemade lunches and a chance to view some wonderful pictures and paintings of the Island.

Hotel Hebrides is situated on Tarbert pier front; you can enjoy their lunch and bar menu or book a table in their dining room where you will find a selection of local seafood and other local produce. Live music can often be found in the public bar varying from traditional Scottish to contemporary rock.

The Harris Hotel is a family run business in Tarbert, open to the public all year round. You can enjoy a sociable drink and light bites from the bar menu which also offers a take-a-way menu from the lounge bar, a game of pool or darts in the public bar and if you are looking for a more formal environment there is a dining room across in the main hotel which offers an extensive menu and palatable wines. Taigh mo Sheanair – a small hall attached to the hotel, regularly offers a ceilidh dance open to all.

Other venues include the Firstfruits Tearoom and the Skoon Art Café which offer a selection of homemade foods and delicious home baking; there is a take away chip shop for a quick fix.

For special occasions, the four star Ardhasaig House offers high quality food and is situated in the village of Ardhasaig, 3 miles north of Tarbert.