Within about 10 miles or less of our cottage there is: Boisdale Beach and machair, North Boisdale, Garrynamonie Beach and machair, Smerclate beach and machair and Kilbryde Beach to name but a few.

One of our favourite places is Garrynamonie machair (grassy coastland plain). It’s a short drive or a 15 minute stroll from Coastal View Cottage. There you will find picnic benches overlooking a wide white sandy beach. A great place to sit drinking your favourite beverage whilst watching the sun set.

Our local Boisdale beach and machair is just a 10 minute walk from the cottage and hosts an array of summer wild flowers including rare orchids. You can continue your walk round into South Boisdale village with its mix of new and old traditional croft houses. Look out for chickens, sheep and cows using the roads too and if you see the bull – stay out of his way!

From the windows of Coastal View Cottage, the small tidal hilly island of Orasay can be seen, however, it is only accessible during low tide. Nothing better than rewarding yourself with a picnic once you reach the top. Recently archaeologists have begun to dig on the island and you can walk round to see what was found. Remember to keep an eye on the tide times though. 

  • Kilbride Café: snacks, baking and meals.
  • Ludaig: Kilbride Shellfish fresh at the pier – Tel. Angus Campbell 01878 700342
  • Isle of Eriskay: Village shop, Post Office, Am Politician bar, Princes Beach, Ferry to Barra.
  • Daliburgh: School, Co-op supermarket, Post Office & gift shop, Borrodale Hotel (public bar / meals), Church, Filling station, Fish & Chips, Health Centre.
  • Lochboisdale: Hotel (public bar / restaurant), Internet Cafe in the Pink Post Office,
  • Filling station, Car or van hire – vehicle repairs, Bank, Dentist, Shops, Uist Sea Tours – wildlife & sight-seeing trips, Ferry to Oban;
  • Ben Kenneth: mountain overlooking Lochboisdale.
  • Polochar Inn: Hotel, public bar and highly recommended restaurant. Tel 01878 700215
  • Western Isles Wildlife: Guided walks with local expert Steve Duffield. Tel 01876 580619
  • South Uist Fishing: Permits from Daliburgh – either at the Post Office or at Stòras Uibhist
  • Askernish Golf Course: Highly-regarded links course originally created by ‘Old Tom Morris’.
  • Kildonan Centre: Fascinating museum of local life and culture; Co-operative shop of local artists and craftsman; Cafe; 24hr WCs.
  • The Big Garden: thought to have been originally built before 1650. It sells free range eggs, jams, marmalades and preserves, fresh tomatoes, seasonal salads and vegetables and hogget lamb from Hebridean sheep. The Hebridean Woolshed also sits within the walls and hand-spun yarns, woven & felted items are for sale there.

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