Yorkshire Times
A Voice of the North
7:55 AM 5th October 2020

Private Scottish Island Cottages For Rent

Getaway for an autumnal break on a private Scottish island where there are a number of cottages still available.

Sleeping just two people on the private Scottish island of Eilean Shona, romantic Sawmill Cottage is guaranteed to be romantic and quiet.

This quaint property faces west over-looking its own bay and is a 15 minute walk from the pontoon past a wonderfully pretty lily pond that was once the reservoir for the old hydraulic saw machinery that processed all the wood building materials at the turn of the last century.
There is an outside fire pit surrounded by tree stumps on which to perch. Guests can cook the fish they have caught over the open fire, sing songs beyond the earshot of others, and just cherish each other’s company while soaking up the peaceful atmosphere.

Indoors couples can snuggle up in front of the coal burning stove. The former village hall is 5 minutes’ walk away and is available for cottage guests to use. It has a table tennis table, a dart board, some books and games and access to the internet.

Eilean Shona comes with enchanted moss-covered woods, wild open hills, and a beautiful white sandy beach on the south western tip of the island.

Visitors can walk for hours without seeing another person. It abounds with wildlife: an array of seabirds, deer, seals, families of otters, nesting sea eagles, red squirrels and rare pine marten.

Price: One week’s rental of Sawmill Cottage (sleeping two people) on Eilean Shona (, 01967 431249) costs £750 including towels, bedlinen, and return transfers to the mainland.