Sawmill Cottage


Sleeps 2 people
from £1,000/week

What can I say except superlatives and superlatives from the lovely cottage in a beautiful and secluded location by the waters edge…It’s my fifth time on Eilean Shona and we plan to return there next year.



10+ photos
1 Sawmill ext1 B Cox copy
2 Sawmill ext picnic table
3 Sawmill int kitchen B Cox copy
4 Sawmill bedroom1 V Branson
5 Sawmill bedroom2 V Branson
6 Sawmill int kitchen2 B Cox copy
7 Sawmill sofa V Branson
8 Sawmill fireplace V Branson
9 2022 sawmill int bathroom IMG 1806 V Branson copy
10 2018 Sawmill ext3 B Cox copy
11 2018 Sawmill ext J Bedford copy

Sawmill cottage is 15 minutes’ walk from the landing pontoon along a well-maintained path, past the lily pond. This was once the reservoir for the old hydraulic saw machinery that processed all the wood building materials at the turn of the last century. You then go down a secluded track and there lies Sawmill Cottage, facing west, overlooking its own very private bay. It has a picnic table plus a little camp fire pit surrounded by stools made of tree stumps. The lane down to the cottage leads to nowhere – you will be disturbed by no one …very romantic indeed. Sawmill Cottage is also the ideal place to see the rare red squirrel.

Arrival time is 3:00pm and departure time is 9:00am.

Up to two well behaved dogs are welcome with a supplementary charge of £50 per pet

Sleeps 2
1 Storey
Coal Fire

layout & features

Single storey
1 bedroom (sleeps 2)
Open plan sitting room / dining / kitchen
Gas hob & electric cooker
Undercounter fridge / freezer
Bathroom, bath, WC & basin, soap, Laura Thomas bubble bath
Well equipped kitchen
Coal-burning stove (firelighters, kindling and 3 bags of coal included)
Electric heaters
White Egyptian cotton bed linen & towels
High chair and cot available on request
Fire pit with logs included
Board games

Useful information

Sawmill Cottage arrival time is 3:00pm and departure time is 9:00am.

  • The cottage season opens at the end of March and closes at the end of October.
  • Some cottages are available outside the season and for Christmas and New Year. Longer lets are also available in certain cottages.
  • Dogs are welcome (limit of 2) with a cleaning supplement in all cottages, with the exception of the Sail Loft. In the summer months, there are ticks in the long grass and we recommend you give your dog tick treatment before arrival.
  • A RIB is used to transport you to the island on arrival and departure days. A quad and trailer will transport your luggage to your cottage then again on departure (South Shore only by boat).
  • There is the opportunity to leave the island on a Wednesday. Journeys outside this can be negotiated but are subject to a charge of £40 each way.
  • We provide towels, bed linen, oven gloves, tea towels, salt and pepper, tin foil and cling film. We also provide you with essential amenities such as a starter pack of toilet roll, kindling, firelighters and matches. If you run out of any amenities, you can purchase extras from the Island Shop.
  • The Island Shop stocks enough for your basic needs, but you will need to bring your own fresh food.
  • For guests who would like to stay connected, there is Wi-Fi access in the village hall.
  • All cottages are non-smoking.


Respect for the environment is our core principle in how we manage and run the island. We make every effort to be plastic-free and carbon neutral on the island with no cars and plentiful wood supply. All our electricity comes from the local hydro-electric power station. Our water supply comes from the hills. We are meticulous with our recycling and use only bio-cleaning products. We understand our role in the guardianship of the island and our mission is to protect this vital environment for future generations.

Booking details for Sawmill Cottage

Check-in on Thursdays only
From 1st Jan 2025 check-in Fridays only

Minimum stay of 7 nights

Arrival time
Departure time

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