Croft Garden Cottage
South Uist - Outer Hebrides

The Cottage Gardens and the Croft

  • herb garden by the sea
  • scabious
  • harebells
  • herb garden
  • nasturtiums
  • herbaceous border
  • alliums
  • garden path
Cottage Garden

The walled cottage garden is a secluded retreat with a panoramic sea view. It has been planted with a wide range of herbaceous plants, Scottish native plants, bulbs and herbs in a natural style to create a wildlife friendly garden. It is a haven for birds, butterflies and bumblebees, and prefect for relaxing on a warm afternoon.

The garden is now 7 years old and still developing. It is a garden shaped by the island environment and designed by the weather.

Vegetable Garden

The croft has a large fruit and vegetable garden which produces a surprisingly wide variety of produce. Guests at Croft Garden Cottage are welcome to wander around the vegetable garden and we are pleased to supply fresh, seasonal garden produce to our visitors.

You can discover more about the fruit and vegetable garden and catch up on life in the garden and on the croft in the Croft Garden blog.

  • globe artichoke
  • little gem lettuce
  • turkish pepper
  • peas
  • tomato
  • French beans

The Croft

Our small croft is the most westerly in the Ardivachar township and lies at the northern end of the South Uist machair - an area of over 5000 hectares of rare coastal grassland. It supports a unique combination of rare breeding birds, wintering and migrating wildfowl and shorebirds, and a diverse flora and insect fauna maintained by a traditional system of cultivation and grazing.

Our land on the common grazing areas of the Ardivachar and Loch Bee machair are used for winter grazing and growing a mixture of rye and small oats for animal feed.

The herb-rich grassland on Ardivachar point is grazed by cattle in the autumn to maintain the biodiversity of the flora and create the perfect habitat for breeding corncrakes, lapwings, redshanks, skylarks and meadow pipits. The inbye fields are used to produce hay and are occasionally lightly grazed in the winter and early spring. This produces the flower rich grassland with the diverse insect fauna required by ground nesting birds.

We use no agriculture chemicals and our land and garden is fertilized by seaweed and farmyard manure.

cows on Loch Bee machair