Plenty to see & do in the Outer Hebrides

Am Politician Bar & Restaurant (The Polly) – Eriskay’s only pub serves localy produced food and you’re always made to feel welcome by the friendly and helpful staff.  They serve lunches, dinners and of course a great night out!  Images & Relics of the SS Politician ship can be seen here which include two of the original salvaged “Polly Bottles”. read trip advisor reviews

Co Chomunn Eirisgeidh (Eriskay’s local shop) - Eriskay Shop is a friendly Community Shop at the heart of the community. They sell local products and crafts as well as a wide range of fresh food and groceries. You can contact the shop by phone or email with your shopping list and they will deliver your goods to the holiday cottage.

The shop fulfils a vital role in securing the viability of our community in a very marked and direct way. It is the hub of the community - as well as offering a well-stocked and well run shop; it provides a meeting place which tackles social isolation - particularly amongst the elderly Gaidhlig speaking population, it is a source of news and information, and it is the Island's largest employer with 8 staff offering flexible working hours to parents and school pupils. The causeway to South Uist and the new Barra to Eriskay Ferry has also helped increase visitor numbers to the island and the shop.

All profits are re-invested in the community owned business and together with a good level of local commitment and support, the shop continually improves and expands. As a result it has become a very successful business. Eriskay Shop Facebook Page Email: Tel: 01878 720236

Eriskay Walks – Eriskay is a fantastic island for walking and exploring.  There are excellent walks along the east side of the island and across to the deserted village of Rosinish as well as up Ben Scrien and Beinn Stack.  There are easier walks along the tracks and beaches.  All walks are very scenic and there are leaflets and books in the cottage of all routes. 

Askernish Golf Course – Situated on South Uist, this golf  course was first laid out by Old Tom Morris in 1891 before being abandoned in the 1920’s.  It has now been fully restored to its original position under the guidance of Gordon Irvine (Master Greensman) and Martin Ebert (Architect) using entirely traditional design principles.  This course is a must for passionate golfers.  The golf course offers stunning surroundings and an ever-changing challenge for any grade of golfer.  Environmmental experts have already hailed Askernish as “the most natural links course in the world”.

Uist Sea Tours - Based in the port of Lochboisdale, South Uist they offer a variety of boat trips around the islands, and open up the natural wonders of the Outer Hebrides to visitors and locals alike.

Visit the Monach Isles, Mingulay, St. Kilda and other remote islands as well as passing historical castles, sunken ships and hidden cove. Cruise alongside, whales, basking sharks, orca, dolphins, porpoise and otters. Travel by sea to the famous Uist Hills and walk the popular trails (Guided walks available) Boat trip to a remote island for overnight camping and fishing adventures.

If you're interested in wildlife, scenery and landscapes steeped in history then take a trip with Uist Sea Tours to experience all three.

Fishing & Shooting  – Sea angling is very popular in Eriskay and there are great locations for catching Pollack, mackeral etc

If you prefer freshwater fishing South Uist has many sea lochs with Brown Trout & Salmon.  Fishing gear together with boats and outboards are available for hire. Shooting Mixed sporting weeks are available during summer and into Autumn, with wildfowling and stalking complementing fishing.

Freedive - If you’re looking for some really good fun and excitement whilst on the islands then why not contact Tom and go for a snorkel / freedive!

The water around here is crystal clear and teaming with underwater life, with the west and east coast just a short drive apart and with numerous lochs it's always possible to find a stunning location with calm water. Or if you prefer some swell then he can carefully choose an alternative spot where you'll be in for a choppy turbulent ride.

Tel: 01870 603324 / 07950 251620

Cycle Hire– If you’d like to cycle your way around the islands and take in the beautiful scenery you can hire a cycle through Rothan Cycles.

Photography – With fantastic views, abundant wildlife and sunsets to die for Eriskay is a haven for photographers and artists.

Birdwatching – Various species of birds from Oyster Catchers and Sandpipers to Sea Eagles have been seen at Eriskay along with the Golden Eagle which you see soar above Ben Scrien Cottage.

Wildlife -  There is an abundance of wildlife on Eriskay varying from Porpoises, Basking Sharks, Whales, Otters, Seals at sea and the Corncrake, Skylark, Cuckoo, Snipe & the more common birds like Gannet, and Cormorant (Sgarbh in Gaelic) also not forgetting the almost extinct Eriskay Pony in it’s natural environment.

Beaches – Collect shells, build sandcastles or simply relax and take a stroll along the white sandy beaches – enjoy some of the most stunning and breathtaking sunsets you’ll see. 

What a beautiful island! The Outer Hebrides are a truly amazing group of islands that you just have to visit. Ben Scrien Cottage is a traditional stone croft house which has been lovingly converted to provide an ideal base to explore the islands