Eriskay is an island in the Outer Hebrides. It has a population of around 130, scattered along the 5 km (3.1 mi) or so of road. It is linked to South Uist by a causeway opened in 2002. The island is 4.5 km (2.8 mi) long North to South and 2.5 km (1.6 mi) wide.
In 1941, the SS Politician ran aground in the waters between Eriskay and South Uist, carrying loads of whisky. This was the basis for the book and film Whisky Galore. The island is also known for the native Eriskay Ponies.
THese ferries are all run by Caledonian MacBrayne, with subsidy to make the fares similar to road journeys.
- Barra - daily, up to 5 per day, taking 40 minutes; this ferry lands at the north end of Barra, and there are often (but not always) connecting buses to Castlebay.
- Mallaig to Lochboisdale on South Uist daily, taking 3.5 hours.
- Other possible mainland connections are to North Uist and Barra.
In the Outer Hebrides, there are airports in Stornoway in Lewis, Benbecula and Barra. These airports provide direct flights to Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness. The nearest airport is in Barra, connected by ferry.
Eriskay is linked by causeway to South Uist.
Eriskay is small enough to explore on foot.
- 1 St. Michael's. The Roman Catholic church (built in 1903) sits on a hill overlooking the main village. The interior is of some interest, with the altar sitting on a boat. The site also provides a good viewpoint for looking at the island and over to South Uist. The site of the old church is marked by a roadside chapel with a statue of the Virgin Mary, overlooking the Sound of Barra.
- Eriskay Ponies. can sometimes be seen grassing by the roadside, but are more likely to be seen on the East side of the island.
- 1 Beinn Sciathan. Walk to the top for views all over the island and of South Uist and Barra. There is a viewpoint pointing out the sites, and on a really clear day, St Kilda can be seen 68 mi (109 km) away.
- 2 Bonnie Prince Charlie's Beach (near the ferry terminal). Relax on Bonnie Prince Charlie's Beach
- 1 Eriskay Community Co-op. Open Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat 9am-5pm, and Sun 10.30am-12.30pm.. a well stocked small community shop, which sells CO-OP brand products.
- 1 The Politician, 3 Balla HS8 5JL, ☏ . Daily 11:00-23:00. Friendly pub and restaurant with good food, and sometimes live entertainment. Named after 'The Politician', the ship wrecked during the second world war with a cargo of whisky, portrayed in the film "Whisky Galore!".
The Politician and the shop are the only places to buy a drink on the island. There is sometimes live music in the evening in The Politician, and occasional events in the community hall (next the shop).
- No campsite on the island, wild camping may be allowed, enquire locally. Kilbride campsite at the south end of South Uist is only 3 miles away by road.
- 1 Oir na Mara, 5b Baile, HS8 5JL (near The Politician), ☏ . 2 room bed & breakfast. B&B double £70.
- 2 An Taigh Mor, 15B Balla, ☏ . Dog-friendly bed and breakfast. B&B double £95, single £60.
- Self-catering places generally let from Saturday to Saturday, see tourist website.
- 3 Aird na Haunn, HS8 5JH, ☏ . £300 - £700 per week per apartment.
- The Flat, 2 Village, ☏ , .
- 4 Carrick (Blue House), 11 Bun a’ Mhuillin HS8 5JR, ☏ . Wooden 'eco' croft house set on a Hebridean croft. With wood-burning stove. Open all year, sleeps five with two double bedrooms and a single.