© Balranald Bay View 2019

Balranald Bay View is situated on the Isle of North Uist in the Outer Hebrides.

 

The Outer Hebrides are a chain of unspoilt islands full of wildlife and dramatic scenery. They are to the west of Scotland.

 

SEE AND DO

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There is excellent walking direct from the cottage without the need to drive anywhere or to set foot on road.  Grass tracks and a series of gorgeous firm, flat, white sand beaches allow continuous walking or running for many miles in solitude. The pure air, wild ocean vistas, vast skyscapes, the sweet scent of the machair wildflowers in summer and the terrain uninterrupted by gates or stiles can make this a runners paradise.The surfing beach of Hosta can be reached on foot by following a path around the headland. 

There is excellent hillwalking both on North and South Uist. Hillwalkers and coastal walkers will find a great deal of information and can read about the adventures of others on the walk the highlands website (link below).

 

The bay is ideal for canoes or kayaks and also kite surfing. The roads are excellent for cycling and cycles can be hired locally if required.

 

Guided walks led by RSPB Balranald Rangers and a Goldeneagle watch are just a few minutes away from the cottage.

 

Fishermen and women are well catered for. Both sea and freshwater fishing is excellent and species include wild brown trout, sea trout and salmon. Permits, boat hire, guides and ghillies are available locally.

 

There is a Golf course approximately one hours drive from the cottage.

 

Boat trips are available and include trips to the now uninhabited Monach Isles (which have the second largest breeding colony of grey seals in the world), the Shiant Isles and also to the World Heritage site of St.Kilda (links below).

 

 

Throughout the spring and summer there are music evenings, Ceilidh's and events such us the Highland Games. The magical light here on Uist is ideal for the talented local artists. There are a number of galleries to visit displaying wonderful locally crafted artwork from paintings to stoneware and glassware.  Art On The Map (Uist Arts Association) publishes a studio guide for visitors which we provide to guests each year. The Museum and Art Centre at Lochmaddy is a leisurely 25 minute drive. 

 

History is everywhere on North Uist and ruins can be explored including a Viking fort, standing stones, wheelhouses, sheilings, blackhouses and over 100 duns (fortified settlements).

 

Winter is also a special time to visit.  A naturally warm cottage, there is full central heating throughout to ensure a comfortable stay.  As an officially recognised "dark sky area", on clear nights the stargazing is fantastic. From October the "northern lights" may be visible. The cottage is a metereologists dream because the weather systems roll in straight off the Atlantic Ocean and can be watched in comfort from the sofa, whilst enjoying a drink beside the purring gas fire. There is nothing between this cottage and Canada except the deep blue sea.