Visit and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Isle of Eriskay, Na h-Eileanan Siar (Western Isles), lies between the Barra group of islands and South Uist in the Outer Hebrides. It is only 3 miles by 14 miles. Its name, however, is known far outside Scotland, partly on account of the famous Gaelic melody known popularly as the “Eriskay Love Lilt”, and partly because this barren but beautiful place happened to be the spot where Prince Charles Edward Stuart first set foot on Scottish soil at the beginning of his venture that led to the Rising of 1745. The bay where he landed is still called the Prince's Bay, and some pink convolvulus that grow there are associated with him. The adult male members of the population are nearly all fisherfolk, and in consequence the number of residents fluctuates. It is best approached by motor-ferry from the South end of South Uist.
Despite the ubiquitous rock and thin soil, there are small crofts of cultivation preserved by a populace of singular charm and ease of manner. The island, on which little seems to have changed for centuries, is one of great beauty, soft colours, and rounded contours. It is the source of some of the finest Gaelic melodies and songs. That these were preserved is largely due to the scholarly care of Father Allan MacDonald, whose memorial in stone is the strongly built church near the centre of the island. It is dedicated to St Michael, the patron saint of the islands, and was the product of Father Allan's energy and of his islanders' personal devotion to him and to their faith. Father Allan died in 1905, but his memory is green. Gaelic scholarship and the preservation of Gaelic song owes much to him, and to the fact that his last years as a priest were spent on the unique island of Eriskay.
Nearby islands: Isle of Barra, Isle of Mull, Isle of Skye, Isle of South Uist
Nearby towns: Castlebay
Have you decided to visit or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a bed and breakfast (a B&B or b and b)
- a guesthouse
- a hotel (or motel)
- a self-catering establishment, or
- other accommodation