Baleshare | Neil MacRae

About

Baleshare is just 8 square miles but boasts shell-white sandy beaches lined with dunes and surrounded by wildlife-rich machair. Archaeological remains scatter the island, with excavations and coastal erosion revealing late Bronze Age to late Iron Age settlements.

Famous For

  • Baleshare was the first place in the Outer Hebrides to turn kelp collection into an economic activity and this became the mainstay for much of the local community for many years.
  • The island's Iron Age wheelhouses are rare and only found in a few areas of Scotland.

Ask an Islander

  • Baleshare means ‘east township’. A ‘west township’ is rumoured to have been washed away in the 16th century but stories suggest you could once walk to the Monach Islands at low tide.
  • John Fergusson, a politician in Nova Scotia, Canada, was born on Baleshare. He served as a minister without portfolio in the province's Executive Council from 1867 to 1874, and was named sheriff for Cape Breton County in 1875.

Accommodation

Check out the following accommodation listings to book your stay.

Visit Scotland accommodation guide

More Information

You can find some additional information about Baleshare at the links below

Visit Outer Hebrides

COVID-19

Please check the latest rules on travelling to and around the Scottish islands on the Scottish Government website, including guidance on testing before you travel. Please note that advice may vary depending on the specific island you are visiting.

Getting here

Covid-19

Please check the latest rules on travelling to and around the Scottish islands on the Scottish Government website, including guidance on testing before you travel. Please note that advice may vary depending on the specific island you are visiting.


You can reach Baleshare via a causeway from North Uist. The W16 bus running from Benbecula to North Uist runs Monday–Saturday and passes the causeway to Baleshare.

Find out more about getting to North Uist.

Get Your Passport

You can find lots more information about things to see and do on the island, see some amazing island photography and collect your island stamp by downloading our app.

Download the app

App in phone

Download the Scottish Island Passport app to collect your island stamps! The app also provides lots more information on each island including recommendations from locals about things to see and do, info on how to get around, more stunning photos and useful offline maps.

  • Unlock Stamps - Collect them all! Stamp your passport when you visit each island - with an individual stamp designed to represent a unique aspect of island heritage.
  • Experiences - Discover the best experiences each island has to offer – from local boat trips to exciting traditional festivals, there is something for everyone.
  • Maps - Navigate the islands with useful offline maps, handy for areas where internet connectivity is weak.
  • Travel Jounals - Create an in-location travel journal with pictures from your island adventures, to look back on your trip.
  • Favourites - keep track of your most loved islands with the favourites feature. Available to access from your account on both the app and web.