Baymore House, Uist
Grimsay, North Uist, Outer Hebrides, Scotland
- Wood clad Scandi styled house in a stunning waters edge setting.
- Breathtaking views of Baymore (Bagh Mor - big bay), beyond which lies the rugged island of Ronay and the Inner Hebrides.
- A haven for bird and wildlife watching; basking shark, porpoise, common seals, hen harrier, owls, sea eagles and red deer.
Good To Know
- Wi-fi included.
- The owners also operate Lady Anne Boat trips with a 50% discount for guestson wildlife trips.
- You may want to consider renting a car locally on arrival to make the most of your stay if flying to Uist.
- Up to 2 well behaved pets are welcome by arrangement.
- The Wee Haven - Local masseuse for complimentary treatments available (15 mins drive).
- Try delicious lobster and scallops from Kallin harbour a few minutes walk away from Baymore House.
- Dine out at Namara open every day fresh local produce 10 mins walk from Baymore House.
- Visit Cean na H'airigh for a local dining out experience, with a reduced food miles ethos.
- The Westford Inn (20 mins drive) offers evening meals.
- Dont miss Cula Bay Beach stunning white sands and aqua marine seas.
- Boat trips with Lady Anne.
- Balranald Bird Reserve (25 mins drive)
- The Grimsay Boatshed is also open to visitors with regular exhibitions and events, centred around the everyday work of the traditional Grimsay style boatbuilding and repair.
- Scolpaig Tower is a Georgian folly located near the village of Scolpaig. Built on the site of an Iron Age broch by Dr Alexander Macleod in the 1830's to provided work during a famine.
- Kilpheder Cross was moved from its original site about 1830-40. It is thought that cross marked a burial ground and chapel.
- Take a day trip to Harris to the famous Harris Distillery and Harris Tweed shop.
- There are countless fabulous walks in the area including The Hebridean Way from Grimsay to Lochmaddy.
- Fly fishing available (including rods) locally.
A waters edge haven, this Hebridean island hideaway overlooks a labyrinth of fresh and seawater lochs, with soul soothing views towards the island of Ronay and beyond.
On the edge of the Atlantic ocean
In the small cluster of houses that make up the community of Baymore, Baymore House sits in a superb spot by the shore with jaw dropping views over the sea lochs to the island of Ronay and mountain of Eaval with a freshwater loch and the village of Baymore to the other side. The quickest way to relax with a glass of wine in hand possibly catching a glimpse of an otter playing in the water pools, a rare white-tailed sea eagle diving for fish or red deer quietly grazing out in front.
Azure waters and carribean-esque white sands
Known for it's azure waters and carribean-esque white sugar sand beaches you would be forgiven for thinking you were on the other side of the world. Dine on fresh locally caught delicious lobster and hand dived fresh scallops from Kallin harbour only a few minutes walk away. There's so much to experience in Uist and what better way to enjoy your holiday than a boat trip on the Lady Anne, a sight of minke whales perhaps, or a visit to the seal colony on the Monach Islands. Low level cycling around the the island is a wonderful way to enjoy the area, stopping off at Berneray, beach where Prince Charles used to work as a crofter, or step back in time and visit the Iron Age wheelhouse at Bagh nam Feadog.
Baymore House features a spacious, open plan living room upstairs comprising a large dining area with patio door, which shares the same views over Ronay and adjacent to this, a well fitted, modern kitchen. The floors, windows and doors throughout the house are solid wood and the fresh décor throughout. There are two downstairs bedrooms one double and one twin which share a bathroom. Upstairs is a second double ensuite bedroom. The upstairs living room has an additional double sofa bed for additional guests (by prior arrangement).
Getting here :
Grimsay is reached from North Uist via a causeway. Caledonian MacBrayne runs car and passenger ferries to all the islands of the outer Hebrides all year round: Ullapool to Stornoway (Lewis); Uig (Skye) to Tarbert (Harris) and Lochmaddy (North Uist); and Oban to Barra. Ferries also run between: Castlebay (Barra) to Lochboisdale (South Uist); Berneray (North Uist) to Leverburgh (Harris) and Eriskay (South Uist) to Barra. For all ferry journeys it is advisable to book vehicle space in advance, but this is not necessary for passengers.
Flybe, operated by Loganair, operates flights from Glasgow, Edinburgh and Inverness to Stornoway on Lewis as well as flights from Glasgow to Barra (landing on the beautiful beach, well worth the experience) and Benbecula. From any of these places you can make your way to Grimsay by a combination of ferries and causeways, taking in other islands on your way.
Birdwatching and Reserves
North Uist is great for birdwatchers: the RSPB has a nature reserve on the west coast which is bursting with coastal waders and divers as well as the rare corncrake. Both golden eagle and white tailed sea eagles can be regularly seen from Baymore. The Monach Islands, about four miles west of North Uist, has one of the most important grey seal colonies in the world and up to 9000 pups are born here every year.
Boat Charters to outlying islands
If you get the chance to get out on a boat there are some amazing experiences available, the ultimate of which is a day trip to St Kilda - the only dual world heritage site in the UK. Nearer to your base on Grimsay. Discover the island on a relaxing boat trip on the Lady Anne, the only boat regularly to take people out to the Monach Islands, home of the grey seal colony. Take in Grimsay by bicycle (the island is roughly four miles long and two miles wide) or use some of the many causeways or ferries to explore further afield. A labyrinth of freshwater lochs covers the interior of North Uist and Benbecula and the area can truly be called a fly fisherman's paradise. The salmon and sea trout season runs from mid February to the end of October; brown trout from mid March to the end of September.
Askernish is perfect for the golfer in your group, the beautiful 18 hole links course on South Uist, set in stunning surroundings along the coastline is considered to be one of the best courses in Britain. Askernish hosts a full season of competitions, including a three day open weekend in the sum. North Uist is a paradise for wildlife and beach lovers and lies between Harris and Benbecula in the Outer Hebrides.
North Uist is characterised by its 'drowned landscape' of peat bogs and lochans, and its string of bountiful beaches. Visitors arrive by ferry at Lochmaddy, once a major herring fishing port. There are several prehistoric sites nearby, such as the huge chambered burial cairn of Barpa Langais. Wildlife abounds amongst the island's unusual landscape of tidal strands, lochans, bogs and flowery machair. Otters enjoy the peace and quiet, which is broken on summer nights by the rasping call of the male corncrake - one of Britain's rarest birds. They are easy to hear, yet notoriously difficult to see. Every year around 9,000 grey seal pups are born on the Monach Islands off the west coast of North Uist, the largest breeding colony in Europe.
Just four miles long and two miles wide and surrounded by clearing shallow waters and shifting white sands Grimsay was connected to neighbouring North Uist and Benbecula in 1960 with the opening of the North Ford Causeway. With a circular main road making it easy to take a tour round the island, Grimsay offers an exciting insight into Outer Hebridean life on the edge - with centuries of history and a strong seafaring tradition showcased by an eclectic selection of local attractions.
An alternative way to arrive - at the North end of the small Hebridean island of Barra is the long, sandy beach known as Triagh Mhor, which at low tide becomes the world's one and only beach runway for scheduled flights. Everything about the journey is fascinating - boarding the tiny Twin Otter plane at Glasgow and watching the river Clyde curl and widen out to the sea, followed by a rare bird's eye view over Argyll, Mull, Iona and Coll and finally Barra and its beautiful beach hoving into view, the gentle landing on the sand and then a walk across the beach to the airport.
Baymore House is perfectly located to make the most of the beautiful interlocking islands and rocky outcrops. Watch hand spun tweed makers craft beautiful cloths inspired by nature and the landscape.For familes and friends a stay at Baymore House will leave you refreshed and renewed where time slows down and lasting memories will remain.
Rates : From £500 per week (weekly rentals).
Additional information : The owners also have a separate annex accommodation for 2 available on request. Up to 2 well behaved pets welcome by prior arrangement.
Guests Comments :
"Great Location Lovely House - Nothing but good to report for Baymore House - excellent kitchen, dining area, comfortable bedrooms and beds, spectacular views from the first floor lounge. Grimsay is a superb location for getting to see the Uists and Benbecula - so central and easy to get anywhere on the islands in less than about 45 minutes' drive. Most places much nearer. We'd done the Lady Anne boat trip last year, so were disappointed the weather was not good enough this time to do it again - but it gives us an excuse to come back! Can also recommend a wildlife day tour with Steve Duffield of Western Isles Wildlife, and the Archaeology tours with Kate McDonald of Uist Archaeology. Last year we missed seeing the Grimsay iron age wheelhouse - well worth a look if a bit tricky to find on the open moorland, but only about 15 minutes' walk from the house".
"Excellent venue with superb views - Baymore House occupies a prime position on Grimsay. It is spacious, very well equipped and furnished and ideal for exploring North Uist and further afield. Wendy and Nick have worked hard to provide this gem of a place. With an upstairs lounge and large windows to two sides, visitors have extensive views across the lochs and to the mountains. They also get discounted rates on Nick's boat trips either for fishing or to see wildlife! Don't take my word for it though, try it for yourself and I bet you will agree!"
"Rest and relaxtion in a beautiful home - We had such a lovely week in Bayview House - the house is beautiful.
Warm and cosy, yet modern and wonderfully well equipped. There were
great views from the windows - of the sea and the lochs and lots of
wildlife spotting opportunities. We visited huge white sandy bays,
nature reserves, ancient monuments, but the highlight of the week was a
visit down to Kallin harbour for a trip on Nick's boat. It was so good
we went out twice and saw, amongst other things, sea eagles, an otter
The food on the island is delicious - thank you for the wine and smoked salmon pate that you left for us. We had to go back to the smokehouse several times for more! The children loved every minute and are asking when we will go back, which we intend to do, very soon."