After my recent trip to the Outer Hebrides, it struck me that there are many islands that are easily accessible but seldom visited.


An example of this is Grimsay (near to North Uist). When looking for somewhere to stay around North Uist, I decided to see what accommodation was available on nearby Grimsay. To my delight, I found an excellent Bed and Breakfast (Shivinish) and booked myself in for the night.

Grimsay - view from bedroom window

Grimsay – view from bedroom window


When I got to Grimsay, I decided to investigate the island further. I drove down to Kallin Harbour and was fortunate enough to book myself onto a boat trip with Uist Boat Trips aboard the Lady Anne. The trip was around the uninhabited island of Ronay and lasted about 2 hours, during which I saw some amazing wildlife.


Grimsay  - Kallin Harbour

Grimsay – Kallin Harbour


After this excellent trip, I drove around the other side of the island to visit the other main settlement on Grimsay, called Bayview. This was another picturesque village, where I stopped to take some treasured pictures


I continued along the road, which is almost a full circle of the island. I then found my accommodation (which had absolutely stunning views) and relaxed for the evening.


This got me thinking that there are other easily accessible but seldom visited islands on the Outer Hebrides such as Vallay, Flodda, Baleshare, Great Bernera and Scalpay.


Baleshare - Houses after causeway

Baleshare – Houses after causeway


There are also the Burra isles in Shetland and nearer to the Scottish mainland are Seil, Luing, Easdale and Kerrera. These islands are either accessible by causeway, bridge or by a 5 minute ferry crossing. Yet, amazingly, these islands are often overlooked. I have been to all of them and I can honestly say they are all well worth visiting. I could have driven straight through Grimsay without stopping to give it a second glance. I am so glad that I didn’t. It is one of the nicest islands that I have visited.



About the author

Lee Allen

I started travelling around the Scottish Islands around 15 years ago. I have travelled to over 70 Scottish Islands and I aim to visit as many of these beautiful Islands as possible.

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