Rooms and Tariff
Grinneabhat can offer visitors different types of accommodation. We have three en-suite rooms upstairs - one room with two bunk beds, and two rooms with four bunk beds. The bunk beds are curtained and private, so that individuals can book a bed in the bigger rooms, when covid regulations allow. The downstairs room has zip and link beds which can be used as two singles, or one double. This room and its en-suite are fully wheelchair accessible. Read on for a full description of each room.
Pronounced ya-la. The swan room.
Our Eala room is on the ground floor and has two single beds which can be joined together to make a double. This room and its en-suite shower room are fully wheelchair accessible.
Listen for the sound of the whooper swan - an eala bhàn - and look out for them on Loch Grinneabhat, Loch Òrdais and Locha Dhubh in Bragar and Loch na Muilne in Arnol. They arrive in September from their Icelandic breeding grounds and winter here, with occasional birds staying on moorland lochs for the summer months.
Eala whole room £100
Click here to hear renowned Gaelic singer Julie Fowlis singing Port na h-Eala, a traditional song in which a swan laments the plundering of its nest while it was in Ireland.
Mo chasan dubh, Mo chasan dubh,
Mo chasan dubh, 'S mi fhìn glè-gheal,
Gibhi gì gibhi gò, Gibhi gì gibhi gò
Gibhi gì gibhi gò, Gibhi gì gibhi gè’
Pronounced fed-ag with a soft ‘d’. The golden plover room.
This room has two curtained bunk beds, with a private shower room. Each bunk has its own light and charging point. The Curracag and Feadag rooms are adjacent to each other and can be booked together for groups of up to six.
The feadag (which also means whistle), along with the gille-feadag (meaning servant/attendant of the feadag), the dunlin, are iconic birds of the moorland, both breeding in huge numbers on the Lewis peatlands. The song of the golden plover, given in display flight, is described by the Gaelic mnemonic 'samhradh cridheach, tha e a’ tighinn' – ’a hearty summer, it is coming’.
Feadag whole room £80, or £40 per bunk per person.
Pronounced koo-ra-kag. The lapwing room.
This room has four individually curtained bunk beds, with a private shower room. Each bunk has its own light and charging point. The Curracag and Feadag rooms are adjacent to each other and can be booked together for groups of up to six.
With their distinctive call and jaunty head feathers (the tuft of feathers at the back of its head resembles the currac, a headdress worn by women in the past) lapwings or peewits are found on croftland and machair.
‘Tha lach is giadh is curracag
Nan caraidean air a’ mhachaire
Hoginn oro horo illean horo eile’
Calum Macdonald, Runrig
Curracag whole room £160, or £40 per bunk per person.
Pronounced oo-shag. The skylark room.
This room has four individually curtained bunk beds, with a private shower room. Each bunk has its own light and charging point.
The skylark can be seen on croftland, moorland and on the machair, a small bird whose song and display flight has inspired many a bàrd or poet.
Uiseag whole room £160, or £40 per bunk per person.
‘Dìreadh is a’ dìreadh
Is a sìor chur rann
I ri seinn ’s a’ dìreadh
Air sgiath mhaoth neo-mhall
Le tiotaidhean faochaidh
Is a’ taomadh chainnt
Mar roth beag ’s na neòil
A’ dèanamh ceòl nach gann.’
Pàdraig Caimbeul, Bràdhagair