Tigh na Boireach

Tigh na Boireach was built by Donald McDougall in the 1920s when the family left the nearby island of Boreray, just off the coast of Berneray. The name Tigh na Boireach is Gaelic and translates in English to “the house of the man from Boreray”. The sister cottage, a little further along the track was built by Donald McDougall’s brother.

The new Whitehouse style meant that Tigh na Boireach was replaced and consequently fell into disrepair.

In 1995, the cottage was renovated as a holiday let. The outside of the property was restored to reflect the traditional style of original blackhouses keeping the original charm. Inside, the property has been dry lined with added insulation behind, in addition to the rubble insulation between the two outer walls. This makes the cottage warm and cosy even in the middle of winter.

When originally built, the layout was opposite to how it is now, with the kitchen living area to the left and bedroom to the right of the front door. Tigh na Boireach was the cottage where family members met up frequently in the evenings for ceilidhs and gatherings.

Donald lived in the house and managed the croft. Numerous artefacts have been found from these early days and restored. The anchor found in the field was used on Donald’s boat when he went fishing. The two ploughs were excavated from the field and have been restored as a fitting entrance to the potato patch.