The retreat offers stunning self-catering accommodation on North Uist. The uniquely designed treehouse cabins are nestled amongst the forest with views out to long sandy beaches, Vallay island and the hills of Harris in the distance.
Relax by the wood burning stove or soak in the views from the freestanding bath. This is an ideal retreat for couples wishing to truly ‘get away’ from it all and unwind in the exceptionally scenic landscape of the Outer Hebrides.
Both circular self-catering cabins are based on the prehistoric wheelhouse design of the Iron age, the remains of which can be seen in many places throughout Uist.
All the timber is UK sourced and the sedum roof a stonecrop and wildflower mix to create a little wildlife habitat. Both cabins are raised of the ground in the style of a treehouse, to leave the ground below untouched and to give the best opportunity to admire the unrivalled sea views along the coastline.
The mesmerising ever changing colours of the Atlantic ocean as the tide comes and goes provide an incredible view from every room in the cabin throughout each hour of every day. Each cabin has an en suite bathroom, a fully equipped kitchen, bedroom with balcony and an open plan lounge / seating area to enjoy the wood burning stove and dramatic views.
The forest is one of the most popular stops on the RSPB bird of prey trail where you have the opportunity to glimpse examples of all of the bird of prey species breeding in the Outer Hebrides.
Within the forest you will find a small population of red deer and you may just see them wander past the cabins on occasion. In autumn time the rutting season is quite spectacular with the sound of the stags roaring around the forest as they look to out-roar their neighbours and secure their mate
"Take experience seriously."
- Richard Karlsson
Kathryn and Angus were born and raised on the islands and have a genuine passion for the truly stunning local area, amazing variety of wildlife and wealth of outdoor activities. Kathryn spent as much of her childhood as she could hanging out with her native Highland ponies, playing with the sheepdog and chasing hens on the family ran croft, a type of smallholding unique to Scotland.
Angus grew up addicted to the water and pioneered some of the best surf spots around the islands at a time when very few locals surfed or visitors knew to come all the way to the Outer Hebrides. North Uist is rich in Gaelic language, music and culture. Gaelic is Angus's first language and you are very likely to hear the language being spoken in the local area.
Kathryn and Angus set about looking at a sustainable way of life within the forest. Recognising how special North Uist is and the rich offering for travellers looking to escape, get back to nature and enjoy the wilderness, Uist Forest Retreat was created to offer the highest standard of accommodation in an exceptional location that comes complete with forest and sea views.
'Angus and I are blessed to call this our home. We both share a desire to eat local and Uist has some of the best fresh produce from either the croft, the wilderness, the ocean or even accessible from the shore. Cockles can be found when the tide goes out and are delicious eaten in the traditional way when fried up in garlic and oatmeal!'
'When I’m walking along and a pair of white-tailed eagle circle over my head or an otter tucks in to his catch on the shore, I’m reminded of how fortunate I am to be here. We want to share the best the area has to offer with people who want to explore and appreciate the spectacular wildlife and environment here, all our guests say how they wished they had planned to stay for longer!'
Kathryn & Angus
Owners - Uist Forest Retreat