A five star Hebridean hideaway

�ran na Mara translates into English as 'Song of the Sea'.

�ran na Mara translates into English as 'Song of the Sea'.

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A Hebridean beach cottage showcasing the delights of Harris has achieved the highest Quality Assurance (QA) accolade from VisitScotland.

The national tourism organisation has presented owners of Òran na Mara, Paul and Helen Honeywell, with its 5* Quality Assurance self-catering award, in recognition of its exceptional standards.

After owning the land for 15 years and building for over two years, Paul and his family finally completed Òran na Mara last month.

Paul and Helen fell in love with the islands after first visiting on their honeymoon in 1977.

The cottage, whose name translates into English as ‘Song of the Sea’, is an iconic building in a beautiful location, with a high specification and level of design, both internally and externally.

Òran na Mara is a perfect fit for Scotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design next year, being architecturally innovative and with many unique design features.

Next year will shine a spotlight on Scotland’s achievements in innovation, architecture and design through a wide-ranging, variety of new and existing activity to boost tourism in every corner of Scotland.

People often visit Scotland for its history, but they leave the country also inspired by the contemporary.