Hebrides Today

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Stars galore for luxury Hebridean retreat

Posted by Editor On February - 15 - 2009

VisitScotland recently awarded a Hebridean self-catering retreat with its highest possible accolade - five stars.

The national tourism organisation’s Quality Assurance grading was awarded to the newly built An Airigh dweling house at Claddach Kirkibost, North Uist, in recognition of their excellent standards.

An Airigh boasts four bedrooms and its location on a working croft is perfect for exploring the Uists and Benbecula. Not only is it situated near the shoreline but North Uist itself is renowned for its fresh and sea loch fishing. It is also a known haven for bird watchers with the RSPB reserve at Balranald only a few miles away from the property.

Proprietor John MacIsaac commented: “To receive this top award from VisitScotland is fantastic recognition and provides further motivation to continue operating at such a high level.

“Providing the visitor with a quality experience is key to what An Airigh sets out to do and which hopefully will encourage that return visit.”

VisitScotland’s Islands Manager, Maryann Maciver, said: “It is fantastic to see North Uist’s tourism offering enhanced by this luxurious property. Quality, and indeed self-catering options, are becoming more and more of a draw for visitors which is why investment and developments like this are so vital to the area and the tourism industry as a whole.”