Whilst travelling around the Outer Hebrides, I stayed on the island of Grimsay. I decided to have a wander down to the Harbour at Kallin and to my surprise, trips were available on a boat called the ‘Lady Anne’. I checked the Tour Timetable and noticed that the next tour was in 15 minutes. I checked to see if there were any available spaces and luckily, there was one place left. As I was travelling alone, this was perfect.
The rest of this article is available as ‘Uist Boat Trips‘ on the Articles and Reviews page.
How do I get to Grimsay? 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). To get to Grimsay there are causeways from both North Uist and from Benbecula to the south and it is very well signposted.
How do I get around Grimsay? The best way is by car, as the road around the island is virtually circular. There are also Buses between the main villages of Baymore and Kallin. 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 in North Uist. Taxi’s are available fron Alda’s Taxi’s in Lochmaddy. Tours around the Outer Hebrides are available through Shearings Holidays.
What’s worth visiting on Grimsay? Boat trips from Uist Boat Trips are available around Grimsay and the nearby uninhabited island of Ronay. Also, there is an Iron Age wheelhouse (occupied from 2nd century BC through to 9th century AD). It is located between Loch Hornary and the north coast of Grimsay. There’s also the Grimsay Boatshed where historic boats are restored and new boats built and which is the heart of the annual Grimsay Boat Day held each May – a lively and popular day for islanders and visitors alike. The ancient ruins of St Michael’s Church (Teampull Naomh Mhicheil) offer a wonderful viewpoint.
Where can I stay on Grimsay? Bed and Breakfast accommodation is available at Ardnastruban House, Harbour View and the excellent Shivinish B & B. Self-catering is available at The Barn at the southern end of the island.
Any other information on Grimsay? Grimsay has a harbour at Kallin, which is the base to a sizeable shellfish industry, the island’s main industry, mostly for lobster, prawns and scallops. For more information on Grimsay, please read the article on Uist Boat Trips and the Blog Post ‘Easily accessible – seldom visited islands‘.