How do I get to Baleshare? You can fly to Benbecula with Flybe from Belfast, Barra, Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Guernsey, Inverness, Isle of Man, Jersey, Kirkwall, London (Gatwick), Manchester, Norwich, Southampton, Sumburgh and Stornoway. Most of these flights are via Glasgow or Stornoway. The Caledonian Macbrayne Car Ferry leaves from Uig on Skye and lands at Lochmaddy. Also, there is a Caledonian Macbrayne Car Ferry services from Harris to nearby Berneray (which is linked to North Uist by a causeway). Baleshare is linked to the south-western part of North Uist by a single-track causeway.
How do I get around Baleshare? There are Buses to Baleshare from Balvanich in Benbecula and Lochmaddy in North Uist. Car hire is available from Maclennan’s Self-Drive in Balivanich and from Ask Car Hire in Liniclate on Benbecula. Cycles can be hired from Morrisons Cycle Hire in Carinish and taxi’s are available fron Alda’s Taxi’s in Lochmaddy, North Uist. Tours around the Outer Hebrides are available through Shearings Holidays.
What’s worth visiting on Baleshare? Baleshare Beach is one of the best in the Outer Hebrides. A walk along Baleshare Beach can reveal archaeological remains sticking out from the eroding sand dunes. Recently, a Wheel House has been excavated at A’Ceardach Ruadh (The Red Smiddy) on the west side of Baleshare, where the machair ends in a sandy cliff above the beach. As the island is so flat it is very easy to walk or cycle around.
Where can I stay on Baleshare? Bed and Breakfast is available at Bagh Alluin. Other accommodation is available on nearby North Uist.
Any other information on Baleshare? Baleshare actually means ‘East Town’. There used to be a ‘West Town’ but this was washed away around the 16th century. For more information on Baleshare, please read my Blog posts, ‘Easily accessible – seldom visited islands‘ and ‘Visit 7 Scottish islands in one day‘.