Important information

Arrival and departure times

Please find information about transport to Erraid here.

Arrival times on Saturday is 2.45pm in summer and in winter 12pm/noon. You may need to spend the night in Oban if you are coming from afar.

Departure on Saturday is between 8 am and 10 am, giving us time to prepare for new guests.


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During your stay you will usually stay in a house with one of our members. Most of the old lighthouse keepers’ cottages we live in are the home to one of our community residents. Each house has two inter-linked side rooms for guests.

Each side room has two beds and you may be sharing your room with someone else and/or have another guest in the other room who has to walk through your room to access the rest of the cottage, including the bathroom. If you are with us as a Retreat Guest you will always have a room to yourself although the other side room may be occupied. We can’t provide you with complete privacy so do bear this in mind when you book.

Bed linen and towels are provided.


You can help yourself to breakfast in your cottage. We cook communal lunches at 12.30 on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Communal dinners are at 18.00 on Saturday, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Most of our meals are vegetarian. If we serve meat there will always be a vegetarian option available. There are no communal meals on Sunday and Wednesday and you will have food provided to cook your own meals or use any leftovers.

Health and well-being

Please be aware that many of the tasks we offer in Love in Action require you to be fit and healthy. Whilst we can take account of any health related issues, you do need to be aware that you need to be mindful of what you do to ensure you look after yourself. Also, please take account of our remote location as this means that we aren’t accessible for those with significant mobility issues and health services are not as close by as on the mainland.

In 2017 the owners of the island have installed indoor toilets in the cottages in our street, although not in Pier Cottage. However in periods of drought all of us use the composting toilets, which are out the back of the houses, in order to conserve water.

Things to bring

– Bring a backpack not a suitcase please. There is a half an hour walk across boggy fields to reach the island.
– Indoor shoes or slippers.
– Warm clothes.
– Wellington boots.
– Waterproof jackets and trousers.
– A torch.
– Cash if you would like to purchase items from our shop.

You don’t need to bring sheets, towels or a sleeping bag.

Things to do before your stay

– Please fill in the booking form before your arrival informing us of any food allergies, animal allergies and medical needs. We also appreciate a short introduction of yourself.

– Please pay the non-refundable deposit, (£125 Love in Action and £175 Retreat / guest) by making a transfer to our bank account. The deposit confirms your booking. You are provided with our bank details when you book.

Winter travelling

If you are coming to visit in the winter, please make sure to be in Fionnphort, at the bus stop around 2 pm as it gets dark early.

Please Note

You might not be able to make the journey to Erraid in one day. Be prepared to arrange a night before your arrival and the night after you leave Erraid in Oban or elsewhere on the mainland.

Guest privacy policy

Guest Privacy Statement Erraid