Nestled right by the side of Loch Maaruig, at the foot of An Clisham, the highest mountain in the Outer Hebrides and immediately adjacent to the well-trodden Hebridean Way, Lochedge Lodge offers one or two people an escape from the everyday hassles of the modern working life.
The meaning of ‘An Clisham’ is not known, (It could mean ‘rocky cliff’) and the obscure origins of its name are hardly surprising as Clisham is very old indeed; it even existed long before India crashed into Asia, causing the corrugations that today we call the Himalayas. But Maaruig' in that wonderfully practical Gaelic fashion means literally 'sea bay' and it could not be better named, sheltered from the prevailing south-westerly winds Loch Maaruig is both peaceful and spectacular.
It was these attractions, combined with a love for the sea, mountains and walking that drove David and Julia Phillips, the owners of Lochedge Lodge to change their way of life and come to Harris from south-east England. Living in the main house, to which the Lodge is attached they are close at hand to offer any help or advice that you may need.
Wherever you look there is something to see, from the living room windows you look directly onto the Loch as the tide ebbs and flows and from the bedroom window you have lovely views of the Harris mountains. For those simply seeking a rest the very well appointed Lochedge Lodge offers luxurious comfort in a wondrous setting with convenient access to the main road to Stornoway (29 miles) and Tarbert (9 miles) or to explore the island.
The more adventurous visitors will find all their needs well-addressed also, a publicly-available slipway offers the perfect facility for launching boats of all kinds and you may well see David and Julia out on the Loch in their kayaks; paddleboarding is also an option. You must bring your own boat or boats and space is available, albeit not under cover for storing boats for the duration of your stay. For walkers and cyclists, the options are almost limitless, the Hebridean Way goes right by Lochedge and again, David and Julia who regularly walk the hills will be happy to give some pointers should you wish. Under-cover storage is available for bicycles.
The Lodge is entered through its own front door into a spacious and airy hallway with stairs and doors of natural wood and a practical, tiled floor. This leads onto the open-plan living room and well-equipped kitchen, with a natural wooden floor and a contemporary but essentially Hebridean feel with the views looking directly onto Loch Maaruig forming the most striking feature. A large shower room with all the facilities you could need opens from the main hallway.
Upstairs is a lovely bedroom with a double bed, this too is a nice place to dwell, with comfortable armchairs and decoration reflecting the contemporary Hebridean feel of the property enabling you to enjoy the excellent views of the Clisham in all its majesty.
Other than its very many natural charms there are plenty of other sights to see and things to do, fishing and golf are available nearby, Luskentyre Beach and other spectacular beaches are not far away – what is there not to enjoy?
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