Otter Bunkhouse, Otter Bunkhouse, Carishader, Uig, Isle of Lewis, HS2 9ER
Otter Bunkhouse is on the shores of West Loch Roag, in Carishader on the Isle of Lewis. It offers a cosy hideaway with modern facilities for walkers, climbers, cyclists and anyone who enjoys unspoiled natural beauty and wildlife. There are two resident otters and an abundance of wildlife in the Loch including seals, divers, terns, eagles and the occasional dolphin. The bunkhouse is in a perfect position for stargazing and winter storm watching. You may be lucky enough to witness the awe-inspiring Northern Lights. The local area has many beautiful beaches ideal for surfing and kite surfing. The clear blue Atlantic waters provide a great feeding ground for marine mammals. Otter bunkhouse has a separate lounge with self catering facilities and a bedroom with 8 comfortable private bunk beds and toilet & shower facilities. A new smaller bunkhouse will be available by the side of Otter Bunkhouse in 2018. This provides self contained en suite accommodation for two people, with kitchen facilities. Bedding is included in the price, and towels are available. There is an outside decking area, with stunning views over the Loch and a drying shed for bikes, kayaks and surf gear. Private access to the Loch for kayakers and ample car parking.This accommodation is featured on our map of West coast of Scotland, Skye and the Hebrides and here is its own website.
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On the B8011 from Garynahine to Uig. At the far end of Carishader you will see a sign for Otter Bunkhouse on the right hand side.
Flybe flights to Stornoway from Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness. Bus from Inverness to Ullapool connects with the Caledonian MacBrayne Ferry to Stornoway. Twice daily bus from Stornoway passes the bunkhouse.
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Go and search a mapping app for Otter bunkhouse on the Isle of Lewis. Found it? You can see that its tucked away right on the shore of a sea loch. Complicated fractal coastline surrounds it, folded over and fractured containing a sheltered sea loch. Switch to a satellite or landscape view if you can and you’ll spot straight away the rugged rocks on the hills around and down on the beach. A little way north, though your eye is drawn to the highlighter-pen strokes of yellow marking the broad beautiful beaches of the northern coast. Next, you should scroll back. Pull out to see a broader view. Its then that you see the north/south creases, striations, gouges in the landscape, each holding a dark tarn. If you’re anything like me, and enjoy poring over maps and planning outdoor adventures, this landscape will be like catnip to your explorer’s nose.
The Otter bunkhouse couldn’t be a more lovely base to explore it. Nordic in its airy, well planned stylishness, it has all the modern features you’d expect. It sleeps 8 in a bunkroom and has an open plan dining kitchen. But look! It is right on the loch. Sit out on the decking and catch sight of the resident otters, storms rolling by or maybe the northern lights! Bucket list stuff indeed.
Set on a sea-loch alive with Otters and visiting Dolphins
Otter Bunkhouse offers alternative accommodation on the shores of a sea loch on the Isle of Lewis. On West Loch Roag in the village of Carishader, it provides a comfortable and cosy retreat for walkers, cyclists, surfers, kayakers, and anyone wishing to explore the stunning scenery and wildlife of the Isle of Lewis. As well as two resident otters, who can be spotted directly from the bunkhouse, there is an abundance of wildlife to be seen on West Loch Roag, including seals, gannets, red throated divers, terns, golden eagles, sea eagles, and the occasional dophin.