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Magnificent views from our 2 Bedroom well appointed, comfortable family home

Bedrooms 2
Property type chalet
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

2 bed house in a beautiful coastal location on the Isle of Harris

Taransay Cottage is a two bedroom detached single level chalet style house with captivating views out over the beaches and hills of Harris including the island of Taransay from which it took its name. There is 1 x Double bedroom and 1 x twin room (cot and folding bed also available) Bathroom with double shower (no bath, but facilities for bathing small children provided) well equipped kitchen leading through to a dinning room which also has 2 armchairs (which usually become the most popular seats in the house) from which you can take in the views over a cup of coffee. The spacious sitting room has comfortable seating, more great views, books and games and a large TV. The house is a 5 minute walk from the first beach and there are many more to choose from all accessible on foot. The village is served with frequent public transport, has a visiting mobile shop and also has a cabin selling seafood and local produce from the croft.

Keith McGowan
Member since: 2016
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
23 May, 2018

About Keith McGowan

Hi I am Donna and I was born and raised in Northton and still have family living in the village. Taransay Cottage is my home but at the moment we cannot live here full time due to work. Harris is a special place; the beaches, wildlife, sea, hills and dramatic weather combine to make a unique outdoor experience. Also the people are very welcoming and there are great places to eat and drink.

Keith McGowan purchased this chalet in 2004

Why Keith McGowan chose Isle of Harris

There are many good holiday lets in Harris. This is slightly different as we set it up to be our home but as we currently work on the mainland sadly we spend too little time here. So it is equipped and furnished as a home not as a holiday let which means it is a very comfortable place to stay. It is also in a fantastic location and there are few properties that have such a great view from almost every seat.

What makes this chalet unique

The are few house here or anywhere else that have such wonderful views over beaches sea and hills. The dramatic weather means that the view is constantly changing and can become very absorbing. The 2 seats in the dining room soon become the preferred spot in the house as you enjoy a coffee whilst planning the day or perhaps relaxing with a glass of wine after a full day of enjoying the great outdoors that Harris has to offer.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We found your home at Northton to be an excellent location for exploring Harris and convenient for the ferries from both Tarbert and Leverburgh. Taransay cottage suited us perfectly and we have never been in such a well equipped cottage. Very comfortable, clean, and furnished and decorated in a contemporary way. The situation is very peaceful and the village has interesting walks to the beach and to Toe Head without having to use the car.

The home baking from the cabin was very good and pizzas from the Temple cafe were useful on the night before departure. We love the island and hope to return again some time in the future.
Jun 2016
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chalet in Isle of Harris in Western Isles

Property Type:
  • chalet
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:30
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • beach
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Double shower - no bath but there is a tub for infants that can be used in the shower.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • I x Double - 1 x Twin with the option of a further folding bed suitable for children.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • limited accessibility
  • bay
  • churches
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming


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Magnificent views from our 2 Bedroom well appointed, comfortable family home
average rating of 4.9444447 based on 19 reviews

Supberb base , very comfortable.

  • 5 of 5

This is the third consecutive year that

we have rented this property. It is very well appointed and an excellent base for exploring the wonderful Isle of Harris.

  • Review Submitted: 19-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Spacious cottage, good location

  • 5 of 5

Husband and I spent a week here in early September. House is very easy to live in, and has everything you need. We came to see eagles and otters and go for long walks, and that's what we did. Great.

  • Review Submitted: 13-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so glad you saw the wildlife you came to see, I always love to watch otters and porpoises playing in the water but there is something special about eagles especially when they are close enough to fully appreciate their size. Glad you enjoyed your stay and the house. You will be most welcome again in the future
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We had a brilliant week and would recommend the cottage to anyone visiting Harris!

  • 5 of 5

The cottage is so well equipped - everything worked and it was warm and immaculately clean. It was a great location - we know Harris well but usually stay further north so it was great to see a bit more of the southern areas. I finally managed a trip out to St Kilda too - the cottage is really well placed for the trips from Leverburgh. We'd definitely recommend the cottage and will certainly consider booking again. Thank you! Rachel, Wes, Evelyn (age 12) and Martha (age 9). West Yorkshire

  • Review Submitted: 13-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sounds like you had a great time. Glad you enjoyed our house, we love staying there and get back as often as we can. Thank you for being great guests and looking after the house so well. I had good reports back from our family who look after the house in our absence..
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Fantastic location

  • 5 of 5

Spacious, comfortable cottage with lovely views and only 5 min walk to a stunning, quiet little beach.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed your stay. Many people comment that the house is more spacious inside than it looks from the outside. Having a great beach so close certainly means that my family visit the beach everyday we are home whatever the weather!
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The property is spotless and very welcoming. A home from home experience.

  • 5 of 5

The property is situated in an ideal location for scenery. The views are magnificent. Tarnsay Cottage is located in a quiet location with beautiful beaches nearby. The neighbours are very friendly. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the cottage and would highly recommend it to others. Can't rate it highly enough. Would definitely revisit.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed staying in our house. It is always a relief when others enjoy it as much as we do. Thank you for your kind comments about the house and you would be welcome back for another stay anytime
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Return visit did not disappoint

  • 5 of 5

The house is very well appointed and fully equipped.As well as being situated in one of the most beautiful parts of Harris its location gives you access to a variety of memorable walks straight from the house.

We first hired the house last September and enjoyed our stay so much that

we signed up again for June.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Very glad to have you back and share what we think is a very special corner of Scotland.
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Nearest Ferry
3 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
4 Kilometres
Harris Golf Cub
Nearest Restaurant
60 Metres
Temple Cafe
Nearest Beach
200 Metres
Car: not necessary


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday chalet in Isle of Harris, Scottish Highlands & Islands

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
31 Mar 2018 - 28 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
winter 18
29 Sep 2018 - 14 Dec 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Christmas 18/19
15 Dec 2018 - 11 Jan 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £150

No smoking and No pets please

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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