WHAT TO DO IN VATERSAY
Vatersay has many beautiful beaches that are just right for long leisurely walks.
Three in the village of Uidh and three again in the village of Vatersay. Interestingly,
the machair here has some of Bonnie Prince Charlie’s flower Calystegia Soldanella
blooming. They are said to originate from some of the seeds he dropped and they
are only found in Vatersay and in Eriskay.
In 1991 Vatersay was linked to Barra when the causeway was completed. It is the
most westerly and southerly inhabited island in the Hebrides and in Scotland.
Vatersay village has a post office and a community hall and in the summer it is used
as a café and also for ceilidhs in the evenings.
On Vatersay Bay or west beach there is a memorial to the passengers of the ship
Annie Jane. She was shipwrecked on the rocks here in 1853 and 350 men, women
and children lost their lives. Additionally, the wreckage of a Catalina Flying Boat can
be seen on the side of the road on the north side of the bay.
Take a walk from the west beach and you may find the site of an ancient settlement
and the ruins of a Celtic church. Explore a little further off the beaten track and you
will be rewarded with the sight of the deserted township of Eorisdale.
Once you have taken a stroll amongst the profusion of wildflowers on the Vatersay
machair you will truly understand the allure of Outer Hebridean isolation.
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