What is Bayview?

Welcome to Bayview Benbecula.co.uk. Bayview is our shore-side self catering holiday cottage, an old fisherman’s cottage that has been refurbished to an extremely high standard and is available to hire on the Scottish island of Benbecula. The island of Benbecula is located between the islands of North and South Uist in the outer Hebrides.

Benbecula features miles of beautiful white, sandy beaches. The Uist islands boast some of the most beautiful unspoilt beaches in Europe perfect for watching wading birds, or scenic walks.If bird-watching is your forte, the island contains a wide variety of different species of birds including lapwing, red-shank, oyster-catcher, snipe, corn-crakes and golden eagles to name but a few. Many wading birds can also be seen locally. In fact many wading birds and eagles can actually be seen from the Bayview cottage’s windows.

There’s also a field behind Bayview specifically designated for endangered corncrakes.

Otters, basking sharks and seals have also been seen from the cottage garden. There’s a real variety of different wildlife to see.

If fishing is your thing, then the North Atlantic ocean is quite literally on your doorstep, a stone’s throw from the front door. Plus locally, there are island locks aplenty teeming with brown trout – fishing permits are available locally at Macgillivray’s store in Balivanich for fresh water loch fishing.

There are two golf courses, one in Benbecula and one at Askernish, South Uist. Or why not try horse riding in Balivanich? The local community school just 5 minutes’ drive away offers sports facilities, sauna and swimming pool.

There is Balranald nature reserve in the vicinity along with museums and craft centres. Or you may just wish to relax, walk, paint or take photos. You will find plenty of excellent subjects.

Fresh scallops, crabs etc can be purchased from Kallin shellfish at Kallin harbour in North Uist. Really mouthwatering!! The unique Salar salmon in South Uist is only about 15mins drive away on the shore of Loch Carnan. Or you may wish to try your hand at winkle and cockle picking on the shore outside the cottage!

There are plenty of restaurants, cafes in the vicinity, including Orasay inn, Loch Boisdale hotel South Uist, live local music on Saturday nights at Loch Boisdale hotel. Dark Island hotel, Hebridean jewellery cafe, Kildonan museum and cafe.

Flora Macdonald, who helped Bonnie Prince Charlie escape was born in South Uist which is just 20 mins drive away –  a plaque commemorating her life and death can be viewed there.