The name Hebrides comes from the old Norse word Havobrody which means Island on the edge of the sea. The Outer Hebrides (or the Western Isles as they are also known) are located 35 miles west of the Scottish mainland in the North Atlantic and has stunning scenery with some of the most beautiful beaches you could hope to see.
Beach Bay Cottage is located in the small village of Carnish in the district of Uig, which is a traditional crofting and fishing hamlet of approx 9 houses on the west coast of the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides. The cottage looks onto Uig bay with the stunning Ardroil beach across the bay where the world famous Lewis Chessmen were found in 1850. These are considered the most significant Norse artefacts found in the Outer Hebrides and six of the original chessmen are on display at the Lewis Castle museum.
Nearby is the Red River or Abhainn Dearg in Gaelic, which runs into the bay and is home to the first ever whisky distillery in the Outer Hebrides. A visit here is essential for a fantastic dram, and stocking up on their recently released 10-year-old Malt.
As well as overlooking Uig Bay, the Cottage is only 10 minutes walk from 2 other stunning beaches, Traigh a’ Chidhe & Traigh Bhoisiadar, the latter safe for children to swim in. In order to get to the beaches, just turn right out of the cottage and walk along to the end of the road and walk across the common land, taking a left on the peninsula. You will notice old Black House ruins on your right. You can walk around the coast of the peninsula to take in the breathtaking beauty of the area.
A short cycle of 1 mile takes you to the small village of Mangersta where at Aird Fenish is some of the most spectacular and photogenic coastal scenery in the Outer Hebrides. The cliffs plunge dramatically beyond the road to the inaccessible beach below with a series of crumbling sea stacks battered by the fearsome waves and seabirds riding the updraughts adding to the sense of natural beauty, energy and power. Further south a few miles along a single track road, you will come to Brenish and about a 10-minute walk from the road is a menacing blowhole connected to the sea by an underground passage.