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The Kitchen
Living Room
En Suite Bedroom Downstairs
En Suite Bathroom
Upstairs double bedroom
Twin Room Upstairs
Main Bathroom
The Prince's Flower
Haun Sunset
Prince Charlie's Bay - Traigh Leis
Rubain & Eriskay Causeway
Eriskay Ponies (foals)
Prince Charlie's Bay (Traigh Leis)
View towards Eriskay from causeway
Ben Scrien Cottage & main village
Sunset over Ben Scrien Cottage
View of Eriskay from South Uist
Sunset over Prince Charlie's Bay
View out to west
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Cottage -
3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Isle of Eriskay, Outer Hebrides, The Hebrides, Scotland

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dylan3spo...
Birmingham, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
283 reviews
68 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
“Lovely Cottage - superb location”
Reviewed June 5, 2017 for a stay in May 2017

Lovely dog friendly cottage with great views. The proprietors are really friendly & helpful. The garden is totally enclosed - even our Jack Russell couldn't get out!
Loads of guides & maps available, and the local community shop is only 2 minutes walk away, And it sells everything you need.
The ferry to Barra is a 15 minute walk via the road; or 20 minutes along the beach.
A super week - thank you.

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Management Response
Jun 16, 2017
Thank you for your lovely review, I'm really glad you enjoyed your holiday.
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MartinGeo...
Spalding, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Outstanding cottage on a beautiful island”
Reviewed June 5, 2017 for a stay in May 2017

We really enjoyed our stay in Ben Scrien Cottage. The cottage is in a great position on this small and beautiful island. The shop and pub are within walking distance and has direct access to island walks. The accommodation is great and very well equipped with anything you could possibly need. Sandra, DJ and Mickey went out of their way to make sure that we had everything that we needed. Mickey even took me fishing and we caught breakfast for the next day.

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Management Response
Jul 23, 2017
Thanks for the great review, it was lovely meeting you and I'm glad you had a lovely holiday, best wishes, Sandra
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LindzTay
Owen Sound, Canada
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
“Cozy, comfortable and clean in an idyllic setting.”
Reviewed May 9, 2016 for a stay in April 2016

The cottage was spotlessly clean and very well appointed. The heating was on and a beautiful gift basket was there upon our arrival. The location could not have been better. Ben Scrien rose up directly behind the cottage easily accessible for pre breakfast climbing. The local store and the AM Politician were within minutes walking distance and the ferry to Barra was just down the road. Beautiful Beaches, interesting walks and easy hills were all at our doorstep. Sandra even brought us a mobile phone to use should ours not work on the island. Just wish we could have stayed longer.

Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
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Calum M
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
“Fantastic stay in a beautiful cottage on a wonderful island👍👍”
Reviewed March 6, 2016 for a stay in February 2016

My husband and I and our two sons and their partners had the pleasure of staying here while on the island, as the family home was too full. I have passed this cottage many times and did not realise how beautiful it would be inside. The accomodation was absolutely spotlessly clean and very cosy. Sandra has clearly thought of everything you could possibly need for a comfortable stay. We were able to cook a super two course meal as the kitchen was amazingly well equipped, including a dishwasher to dispel any arguing over who would be washing the dishes. The beds were very comfortable, even the pillows, which can sometimes be an issue while away from home. I can honestly say it was the best nights sleep I had while not in my own bed. Thank you Sandra for making a sad reason for visiting into a bearable one.xx

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Traveling group: Large Group
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Management Response
Mar 7, 2016
Thank you very much for the lovely review, I'm glad you felt comfortable under such sad circumstances.
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Chris M
Exeter, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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“Wonderful relaxing holiday”
Reviewed September 23, 2015 for a stay in September 2015
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My wife and I spent 10 wonderful days at Ben Scrien along with our two labradors. The cottage has a very secure fence around it which is a bonus if you're taking your dog on holiday as well. Sandra made us feel very welcome, and even dropped over some locally-caught seafood at one point. The sea views from the cottage are fine, although take just a short walk up the hill behind and they are stupendous! The cottage itself is in a wonderful location with lots of walking within a stones throw - both beaches and hills. The local shop stocks just about anything you might need, and is a 5 min walk away. The local pub (Am Politician) was not a high point of the holiday, however, in fairness it doesn't really set out to cater for tourists. As an alternative, the Polochar pub about 15 mins drive away on South Uist has a great menu.

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Liked best: The relaxed pace of life in the Hebrides
Liked least: The local pub
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chocboy20...
Huddersfield, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
“Exceptional Eriskay, Beautiful Barra, Magical Machair”
Reviewed August 21, 2015 for a stay in August 2015

First trip to the Beautiful Outer Hebrides.

Arrived at picturesque 'Ben Scrien' cottage after a long trip from West Yorkshire. Cottage immaculately prepared with gentle music and welcome hamper greeting us on our arrival. Susan, the owner, popped her head around the door and gave us a lovely warm welcome to Eriskay. The cottage was ideally situated for the Uists and Barra, nestling at the bottom of Eriskay's principle land mark, Beinn Scriathan (186m) - an ideal post breakfast wander to say hello to the famous Eriskay ponies.

The Uists and Eriskay in particular are known for the Machair - fertile low-lying grassy plains on the west of the islands literally covered in wild flowers such as orchids, ragged robin, clovers, vetches etc. A beautiful sight.

The islands abound with wildlife including both golden and sea eagles, red deer, otters, seals, dolphins, whales and too many bird species to mention.

You could walk directly from Ben Scrien to the most spectacular beaches on Eriskkay or hop in the car and go and explore. One memorable trip is to jump on the local roll on roll off ferry to Barra from Eriskay and visit the 'coolest' airport/cafe in the world and see the planes land on the beach before exploring more beautiful beaches on Barra and its neighbour Vartersay.

Ben Scrien proved an ideal launch pad for a great week, with family and friends, exploring the islands and blowing the cobwebs away. Maybe it was a little tight for 6 adults but would be perfect for a young family who do not want the usual two weeks in 'Costa del Grot' and wish to get away from the rat run. Pet friendly too, so 'Scout' the Springer could come and enjoy the Hebrides as well!

The islands have lots to offer. Try a 'Lady Jane' boat trip with Skipper Nick - maybe you too will get a chance to see a Sea Eagle 'feed' close quarters.

Magical place. We'll be back.

Chris

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Liked best: Location, Cleanliness, Pet Friendly
Liked least: Kitchen Utensils/Crockery - lack of
Traveling group: Extended Family
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vdubhippy...
Invergarry
1 review
“A perfect place to relax and enjoy the Hebrides.”
Reviewed September 29, 2014 for a stay in September 2014

Ben Scrien Cottage is positively delightful. From the soft Scottish music playing in the background as we walked in, the Welcome hamper on the kitchen table to the stunning views from the french windows.... Sandra and DJ have renovated this wee cottage to an exquisitely high standard. Each room is a joy to be in...yes even the shower rooms! Their attention to detail cannot be faulted and we were charmed from the instant we arrived. We had a perfect family holiday....(5 adults) we enjoyed a memorable time in a jewel of a setting. The phrase for the week was "Everything is Awesome" Thanks a million.

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Traveling group: Extended Family
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Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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