Unlocking the Lockdown
We can now confirm that we will be re-opening on 26th April, and permitted to accommodate anyone, resident and travelling from anywhere in the UK, subject only to the limitation that all guests staying must belong to one household or ‘bubble’.
Before booking, you should check carefully with the latest official guidance/rules and allow for the possibility that the rules may be significantly changed at the date when you would leave home to travel to Uist.
We recommend that you book your ferry crossing (or flights) as soon as you can. If, when it comes to your travel to Uist, the service has been withdrawn or so changed that it is not practicable to get to Uist even with a reasonable delay, you will get a full refund on your ticket ; but not if you aren’t able to leave home or travel, or you choose not to.
It’s the same for your rental of Carrick. If we are prevented from accommodating you, or are unable to do so, we will refund your payments in full ; but not otherwise.
We still have a few dates available in July and late August, for which coronavirus restrictions may well be relaxed further, allowing more than one household to stay ; but we strongly advise against assuming that this will be the case, and you should not book unless you are prepared to limit yourself to just one household or bubble.
Even before the age of coronavirus, we had a hard-earned reputation for cleanliness and presentation. Now, our procedures include disinfecting and sanitizing that conforms with UK-wide government guidelines for cleaning in non-healthcare settings and best-practice guidelines developed through collaboration across the UK self-catering sector and endorsed by the scottish government. Our detailed procedure is based on AirBnB’s Enhanced Cleaning Protocol. We’re ‘Good To Go‘ : what about you?
The additional specialist equipment, labour and consumables has added very significantly to our ‘turnaround’ costs. We’re able to absorb some of the increase, but the affect on short bookings is so significant that we have no choice but to modify our pricing model, so as to ensure that bookings of less than a week contribute meaningfully towards the additional costs. It’s not all bad news, however : the price for bookings of about a week will not noticeably change, and longer bookings – especially those of a fortnight or more – will cost slightly less than they would have cost before the changes. It is, surely, only fair that those staying for longer don’t subsidize those staying only for a short break, or that a couple don’t subsidize a large family or group of friends.
The need for enhanced cleaning will be reviewed at least monthly, and any changes that are necessary will be implemented promptly. Whilst we would certainly not retrospectively increase charges, we may, if appropriate, retrospectively reduce or eliminate the additional charges, and refund to the guest the savings. Currently, we anticipate the need for coronavirus cleaning to continue throughout 2021.
What’ll be Open ?
We can’t tell you what shops, restaurants and attractions will be open during your stay, but the islands’ tourist industry website VisitOuterHebrides does have information on what’s open right now. Whether that will be the same when it comes to your stay at Carrick, well that’s impossible to say.
Updated 2021-04-17 @ 10:41