Five of Eilean Shona’s Cottages are nestled into the island's protected south-east corner overlooking the loch and the castle ruins. South Shore Cottage is on the path to Shoe Bay and the Old Schoolhouse and Shepherd’s Cottage are situated in their own private settings a mile along the path on the North Channel.
Although each of the cottages has its own unique style and charm, they all share a level of comfort and luxury, from their fluffy white towels to their well-equipped kitchens. The beds are made up in fine quality Egyptian cotton linen. The cottages come with an essential starter pack of kindling, firelighters, matches, bin bags, washing up liquid, toilet roll, cleaning cloths and sponge scrubbers.
Each cottage has its own fire pit.
We have also staggered our weekly changeover days to allow for one long weekend in your stay. Red, Sawmill, Tioram, Timber and The Bothy have a Thursday to Thursday stay. The Old Schoolhouse, Shepherd’s Cottage and White Cottage have a Friday to Friday stay and South Shore Cottage has a Sunday turnover.
There are no roads on Eilean Shona. Cottage guests leave their cars in a safe parking area on the mainland near the ruin of Castle Tioram. You will be greeted by the ferryman at Dorlin Pier, the boat journey across Loch Moidart to the Eilean Shona pontoon takes 15 minutes. Here your luggage is put on the quad trailer and you are escorted by foot to your cottage.
For the rest of the week you are left in peace. Over and above your transfers on and off the island we offer a free ferry on Wednesdays leaving at 9am returning at 5pm. Other than going off island and the odd encounter on a walk you will meet very few other people during your stay.
The former village hall is Eilean Shona’s social hub – with its weekly pub night, Wi-Fi, table tennis, wildlife reference books and board games. There is also an artists' studio available for artists who want to hire an additional space.
The island shop, open on Sunday and Tuesday mornings, stocks a few essentials. No need to panic if you run out of wine, bread, butter, milk, etc. We also provide wonderful frozen homemade fish pies and venison casseroles from our favourite local chef. These can be pre-ordered, along with wine, and will be delivered to your cottage prior to your arrival. Details will be provided on booking confirmation.