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Glebe Barn
Ranked #3 of 4 Isle of Eigg B&B and Inns
Reviewed 3 September 2016 via mobile

From the pre visit comms and advice this was fantastic. This accommodation forms park of a larger (but not overly large) group accommodation house set on the hill (about a 2km hack up) overlooking Galmisdale Bay.
Our kit was ferried on arrival to the accommodation together with the provisions bought from the small but perfectly formed shop on the harbour front. Solid steed bikes can be hired from the harbour too and are highly recommended as the best way to investigate the island - locks not required. The space is laid out efficiently and combines privacy with stunning views and all the essentials (including maps and guidebooks) and space needed to allow a relaxed and comfortable stay on this wonderful island. Whilst this is not the only accommodation on the island I really see no reason to change. We're already planning several return journeys.

Stayed: September 2016, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 July 2016

We stayed at the Glebe Barn hostel for one day and night during our visit to the beautiful and charming Isle of Eigg. It was our first visit to the island, and it definitely will not be our last.

We arrived at the Isle of Eigg via the Loch Nevis out of Mallaig. We brought way too much luggage with us. It's about a mile hike, mostly uphill, to the Glebe. It was a hot sunny day, and as we were struggling up the hill, a gentleman by the name of Ben stopped his 4WD and offered to take our luggage to the entrance to the hostel. We gladly accepted, and Ben also stopped for some other travellers who were struggling. Needless to say, it made the rest of the walk a lot easier. We never saw Ben again, and so never had a chance to thank him. So Ben, if you're reading this, thank you very much!

After we picked up our luggage, we made our way down the hill to the Glebe. (I have to admit that whenever I hear the word Glebe, my first thought is of "The Broons".)
As it had been years since we had stayed in a hostel, we approached the accommodation with some trepidation. But we were very pleasantly surprized to find that the accommodation was very modern, and very comfortable.

We had opted for a private room, and were very happy with it. Unfortunately, it had twin beds instead of a double, and in hindsight, we could have probably put the beds together. But that is a minor quibble. After 43 years of marriage, it was probably good to sleep separately for once! :)

The toilets and showers were just across the hall. The showers were very good, with lots of hot water. The beds were very comfortable, with sheets and duvet provided. There was H and C in the room, with a note on the wall advising us not to drink the water from the faucets. Unfortunately, we didn't see the note until after we had drunk the water. We're still alive, so no harm done!

The Glebe has a huge kitchen, with everything that you need to prepare and eat food. You can also safely drink the water from the kitchen faucet.

As we were exhausted from the heat and the hike up the hill, we took a brief nap, then headed out to Laig Bay. It was a beautiful afternoon, but the midges were really biting. In fact, we had to keep the window closed in our room to keep them out. We had an opportunity to visit the Eigg museum (a must!) and the swap shop, and had a very tasty snack at "Rest and be Thankful," which is just before the turn off for Laig Bay. We met Charlie the Taxi at "Rest and be Thankful", and arranged for a lift to the ferry the following morning.

When we returned to the Glebe, we prepared dinner, then relaxed and read in the lovely sun room. It was enjoyable watching the midges and clegs trying to get inside. It was almost like revenge, in a way. The view from the sun room, and the view from our bedroom were absolutely beautiful.

We were sad to leave Eigg the next morning, but we agreed to return, and to stay longer. An Sgurr awaits! We really enjoyed our brief time on Eigg, and really enjoyed our stay at the Glebe Barn. It is a very comfortable and very welcoming hostel, and we'll definitely stay there again on our next visit. Next time, though, we'll bring less luggage! And next time, we hope to meet Tamsin and Stuart. You folks have a really nice place there!

Room Tip: If you have a lot of luggage, call Charlie the taxi at 01687 482404.
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  • Stayed: June 2016, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 July 2016

The Glebe Barn (like pretty much everything else on Eigg) is in a lovely spot, and the new sun room really makes the most of the views. The hostel is very spacious and spotlessly clean and the hosts helpful and welcoming. They tweaked the sleeping arrangements to give our group of 5 a room to ourselves. Everyone we met on Eigg was lovely. I would really recommend making the trip and the Glebe barn is a great place to stay while you explore.

  • Stayed: May 2016, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 4 May 2016

I was with 22 member's of the Moray Mountaineering Club for a 3 day stay in May. We had a great time, Thanks to Tasmin and Stu for all there help. We had even lots of snow but the barn was warm and spotlessly clean. It has plenty of space for big groups and the fire wonderful along with the conservatory a wonderful experience.

Thank you both. One of the best places I have ever stayed in.

  • Stayed: May 2016, travelled with friends
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TamsinMcCarthy, Manager at Glebe Barn, responded to this reviewResponded 23 May 2016

Thank you so much for such a lovely encouraging review. That makes all our winter works building the sun-room worth while! We're so glad to hear it's been well received by our guests. It was lovely to meet you and and to have such a fun group enjoying the Glebe. You certainly had some dramatic weather experiences!

Hope you'll be able to visit again sometime. Thanks again.

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Reviewed 20 April 2016

Another great trip to the woderful isle of Eigg this time staying in the annex at Glebe Barn. Lovely self-contained apartment with everything you need including a view of the Sgurr! As ever Stuart and Tamsin very helpful picking luggage up from the pier. Looking forward to visiting again in August with a group of friends but this time in the main bunkhouse (which incidentally now has a fantastic sun room added at the back).

  • Stayed: April 2016, travelled as a couple
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TamsinMcCarthy, Manager at Glebe Barn, responded to this reviewResponded 23 May 2016

Thanks so much for your kind words. It was great to see you again and so glad you enjoyed your stay in the Glebe Apartment. Look forward to seeing you later in the summer. We should have the grass roof on the sun-room completed by then :)

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Address: The Glebe, PH42 4RL, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > The Hebrides > Isle of Eigg
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Isle of Eigg
Price Range: RM208 - RM233 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Glebe Barn 4*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We provide comfortable self-catering accommodation for large groups, families and individual backpackers. Full catering is available to groups by arrangement. Situated on the extraordinary Isle of Eigg in a charmingly converted 19th Century building, the Glebe Barn offers Four Star, homely hostel accommodation within 1 mile of the well stocked island shop and cafe/restaurant. The hostel boasts outstanding sea views from every room, well equipped kitchen, cozy log fire and a library of books and games for all ages. Sleeping up to 22 persons in a combination of twin, triple, family and dormitory rooms, the Glebe Barn is perfect for individuals, families or large groups. If you fancy more privacy, an adjoining 2 person Glebe Barn Apartment can be let in conjunction with, or separately from the hostel. ... more   less 
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