How do you get to South Uist?

You can fly to Benbecula from Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness and Stornoway or you can fly from Manchester and Aberdeen to Stornoway and then on to Benbecula. The bus service or taxi will take the causeway that connects Benbecula to South Uist.

A more traditional way to arrive is by sea on the ferry. Wildlife spotting is a great way to pass the time and porpoises can often be seen accompanying the ship. The Western Isles Ferry service operates daily (weather permitting). The timetabled Outer Hebrides ferry services connects:

  • Uig, Isle of Skye – Lochmaddy, Isle of North Uist
  • Mallaig, Lochaber  – Lochboisdale, Isle of South Uist
  • Oban, Argyll – Lochboisdale, Isle of South Uist (Winter timetable)

It takes approximately 1 hour 10 minutes to drive to South Uist from the port in the north. It is strongly advised to book your ferry if you are taking your car because they can become booked up very quickly.

As a guide:

  • Driving time from Glasgow to Uig is 5 hours 30 mins depending on traffic conditions.
  • Driving time from Glasgow to Mallaig is 3 hours 40 mins depending on traffic conditions.
  • Driving time from Glasgow to Oban is 2 hours 30 mins, depending upon traffic conditions.

For experienced sailors:

If you want to sail to the Outer Hebrides, island hopping down the more sheltered east coast allows you to visit the Hebridean capital of Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis, continue through Tarbert and Scalpay in Harris, and then stop off at Lochmaddy and Lochboisdale in the Uists before visiting Eriskay then on to Castlebay on Barra and beyond to the southernmost islands of Vatersay and Mingulay.

There are new sheltered facilities throughout the islands. You are free to choose either fully serviced first rate facilities or isolated wilderness anchorages, within a day’s sail of each other.

While many destinations are easily approached, some, particularly on the western, Atlantic side require careful planning and settled weather.  Extensive, detailed guidance is contained in ‘Outer Hebrides, Sailing Directions & Anchorages’ published by the Clyde Cruising Club.

 

How do we get access to Coastal View Cottage?

There is a Key-Safe that contains the entrance door key, beside the front door to the cottage. After your holiday tariff has been paid, you will be sent the code to allow you to open the Key-Safe. You are asked to return the key for Coastal View Cottage to the safe at the end of your holiday. The cost of replacing missing keys will be deducted from your Good Housekeeping deposit.

 

Is there a high chair at Coastal View Cottage?

Yes. A high chair is provided in the kitchen diner area of Coastal View Cottage.

 

Is there a cot available at Coastal View Cottage?

Yes, there is a small travel cot available but you should bring your own baby sheets and blankets to use with it. Unfortunately, we are unable provide baby bedding.

 

Is there WIFI at Coastal View Cottage?

Yes, there is free wifi available.