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Vernon's review of Baymore self catering Uist
Self Catering Uist


luxury self catering Grimsay, Uist - sleeps 6 - Grimsay is easily reached from North Uist via a causeway.

Lovely architect-designed house set in a beautiful spot on the small island of Grimsay in the Outer Hebrides, close to the water and overlooking hills and fresh- and sea-water lochs to the island of Ronay and the Eaval mountain.


On the edge of the Atlantic ocean, on the north end of the small Hebridean island of Barra is the long, sandy beach known as Triagh Mhor, which at low tide becomes the world's one and only beach runway for scheduled flights and the most memorable place I have ever landed. Everything about the journey is fascinating - boarding the tiny Twin Otter plane at Glasgow and watching the river Clyde curl and widen out to the sea, followed by a rare bird's eye view over Argyll, Mull, Iona and Coll and finally Barra and its beautiful beach hoving into view, the gentle landing on the sand and then a walk across the beach to the airport.

I like to take my time when travelling to a remote place; this is a large part of the pleasure of a holiday and there is so much to see on the way to Baymore and so many different ways to get here that it would be a shame to hurry. So next comes a taxi ride from the airport to the ferry and island-hopping by ferries and causeways over the extraordinary, low-lying island of Benbecula (I just love that name) and north over bog and moorland, through hills and mountains to South Uist, North Uist and finally Grimsay and Baymore House.

In the small cluster of houses that make up the community of Baymore, the house sits in a superb spot by the shore, so what could be better to do on arrival than settle in the bright, spacious living room with a welcome glass of wine, relax and take in the views – over the sea lochs to the island of Ronay and mountain of Eaval on one side and over a freshwater loch and the village of Baymore on the other, perhaps catching a glimpse of a family of otters playing in the water pools, a rare white-tailed sea eagle diving for fish or red deer, their bodies steaming in the cool evening air.

Now I am in 'island' time, nothing will be done in a hurry – isn't that what holidays are about? I sit and muse on treats that await - turquoise water lapping pale, sandy beaches as lovely as any in the Caribbean or Pacific; delicious lobster and scallops from Kallin harbour a few minutes' walk away; a boat trip on the Lady Anne, a sight of minke whales perhaps, or a visit to the seal colony on the Monach Islands; a not too strenuous cycle ride around the island...maybe I'll visit the beach at Berneray, where Prince Charles used to work as a crofter, or step back in time and visit the Iron Age wheelhouse at Bagh nam Feadog. But all that can wait until tomorrow; for now I shall just put my feet up, enjoy the view and celebrate having arrived.

Self Catering Uist

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Further details about this accommodation

Baymore House features a spacious, open plan living room upstairs, with a fabulous view over Baymore (Bagh Mor - big bay), beyond which lies the rugged island of Ronay, where red deer roam free and eagles fly overhead.
The accommodation comprises a large dining area with patio door, which shares the same views over Ronay and adjacent to this, a well fitted, modern kitchen. The floors, windows and doors throughout the house are solid wood and the decor neutral.

Two downstairs bedrooms, one double and one twin, share a newly fitted out bathroom. Upstairs is a second double bedroom with its own bathroom. Beds are made up with pretty, floral bedlinen. The upstairs living room has an additional double sofa bed.

Dogs may be accommodated by prior arrangement only.

Grimsay is reached from North Uist via a causeway.

Caledonian MacBrayne runs car and passenger ferries to all the islands of the outer Hebrides all year round: Ullapool to Stornoway (Lewis); Uig (Skye) to Tarbert (Harris) and Lochmaddy (North Uist); and Oban to Barra. Ferries also run between: Castlebay (Barra) to Lochboisdale (South Uist); Berneray (North Uist) to Leverburgh (Harris) and Eriskay (South Uist) to Barra. For all ferry journeys it is advisable to book vehicle space in advance, but this is not necessary for passengers.

Flybe, operated by Loganair, operates flights from Glasgow, Edinburgh and Inverness to Stornoway on Lewis as well as flights from Glasgow to Barra (landing on the beautiful beach, well worth the experience) and Benbecula.

From any of these places you can make your way to Grimsay by a combination of ferries and causeways, taking in other islands on your way. I thoroughly recommend the slower method of travel; you see many other beautiful islands and contrasting landscapes on your journey and really feel as though you are travelling to a remote destination, as indeed you are.

Our top five things to do while staying at Sea view Cottage Scotland
good area for wildlife

North Uist is great for birdwatchers: the RSPB has a nature reserve on the west coast which is bursting with coastal waders and divers as well as the rare corncrake. Both golden eagle and white tailed sea eagles can be regularly seen from Baymore. The Monach Islands, about four miles west of North Uist, has one of the most important grey seal colonies in the world and up to 9000 pups are born here every year. You are bound to see deer, sometimes swimming between the many small islands.

good area for sailing and boat trips

If you get the chance to get out on a boat there are some amazing experiences available, the ultimate of which is a day trip to St Kilda – the only dual world heritage site in the UK. Nearer to your base on Grimsay, check out boat trips on the Lady Anne, the only boat regularly to take people out to the Monach Islands, home of the grey seal colony.

historic castle

Exploring the local area by bicycle is a joy. You can comfortably cycle aroung Grimsay in a day (the island is roughly four miles long and two miles wide) or use some of the many causeways or ferries to explore further afield.

good area for fishing

A labyrinth of freshwater lochs covers the interior of North Uist and Benbecula and the area can truly be called a fly fisherman's paradise. The salmon and sea trout season runs from mid February to the end of October; brown trout from mid March to the end of September.

good golf course nearby

For golfers there is Askernish, the beautiful 18 hole links course on South Uist, set in stunning surroundings along the coastline and considered to be one of the best courses in Britain. Askernish hosts a full season of competitions, inlcuding a three day open weekend in the summer.