The cottage is a refurbished traditional croft house offering self catering accommodation for 6 and sitting within the small community of South Shawbost on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides. Dollag's Cottage has a downstairs bedroom and a shower adapted for persons with restricted mobility. On a quiet day the visitor to Dollag's Cottage who listens hard will hear the constant click-clack of looms as Harris Tweed is woven in the loom sheds to be found across the village. During the lamb sales, or when sheep are being moved from the moor, it may even be necessary to join a traffic jam, or more correctly a sheep jam, as a pair of sheep dogs move their charges down to the shore and across the beach to crofts on the other side of the village. Life in Dollag's Cottage still happens at a different pace to the hectic and noisy rough and tumble to be found elsewhere. While the environment and traditional way of life of the islands may reflect a different time and slower pace, long since lost in most destinations today, that is no reason not to spend your holiday in comfort and with all the modern labour saving appliances The cottage has oil fired central heating throughout (recently extended to the upstairs bedrooms) to keep you warm in the cooler nights of autumn when the Northern Lights illuminate the night sky. The kitchen is newly installed and includes a dishwasher, microwave, fridge freezer and washing machine so there is no need to be stuck doing chores when you could be enjoying the beach or watching the otters play on the nearby loch. With Dollanna being a professional cook every possible meal can be prepared using the facilities she provides and cleaning materials, dish towels and so on are also provided so you can just walk into the cottage and cook as if you were in your own house. For those wishing to keep in touch the cottage has wireless internet access.
Terms and Conditions.
Terms and conditions may be viewed on the following page:
Unfortunately as Dollag's Cottage is located on a working croft pets are not allowed. This was a difficult decision to make but the community here in Shawbost revolves around sheep and there are usually lambs on the croft, and also on the neighbour's crofts. Dollanna is very sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.
Below is some HD video that was shot while changing over between guests in April 2017 with the aim of providing a quick video "look around" of the cottage. It starts in Inverness airport on the trip up to Lewis and also has some views of the beaches and croft around the cottage with some snow on the hills. The very last shot in the video, a view of the village from the hills behind, was shot in November 2016 rather than in April. Hopefully as the season goes on we will snap some more video to add to the site showing the cottage in summer and autumn conditions as well. The music was recorded at a ceilidh in the village and is performed by Dollanna's brother and neice.
Dollanna Maclennan, your host, lives just a short distance from the cottage in South Shawbost and so can easily be contacted should you have any questions. As well as cutting peats for winter on the moor, tending her sheep on the croft and looking after the cottage Dollanna also cooks dinner for the school children on the West Side who attend Shawbost and Breascleit schools. In the spring time Dollanna usually has some pet lambs on the croft so if you are visiting with children be sure to ask if they might try their hand at feeding the lambs.
The cottage is named after Dollanna's granny who used to live there - there is a tradition in the area of naming cottages after well known figures in the local community who lived in them in the past.
Below: The Spring 2014 visit of some rowers to Dollag's Cottage with one of their boats parked up outside. (Copyright Murdo Macleod)