Isle of Lewis Holiday Cottages - Tolsta Chaolais | Self Catering | Holidays


The village of Tolsta Chaolais (from the Norse, Tol's steading at the narrows) is the most beautiful village in the Long Island chain stretching from the Butt of Lewis in the north to Barra Head in the south. 

It is situated at East Loch Roag on the west coast of Lewis, 18 miles from the ferry port and town of Stornoway.

It remains a crofting village of some forty houses, scattered for the most part along a strip of land, half a mile or so wide, between the sea loch, East Loch Roag, and the freshwater loch, Loch a' Bhaile. 

Highland cattle, Scottish Blackface and Swaledale sheep predominate.  Gaelic, the very
ancient language of the Gael, remains the spoken language. Production of the world-famous Harris Tweed remains very important to the island's economy and village weavers still produce this tweed. 

Some weavers use the older single-width Hattersley loom, while others prefer the newer Bonas Griffith loom for double-width cloth.

For the outdoor enthusiast life does not get better than here. The walker, cyclist, surfer, fisherman, bird-watcher, photographer and general tourist are catered for with facilities that make many other locations green with envy.

For those who want away from the kitchen sink, the Doune Braes Hotel is less than two miles away. 6 Tolsta Chaolais and 13 Tolsta Chaolais (Taigh Bhé) are about 400 yards apart.  Both are comfortable, detached properties, equipped with the usual modern facilities. Please contact us with any query you may have.