Eriskay | Nigel Spencer

About

This small, rugged island has many an amazing story to tell – from the beach where Bonnie Prince Charlie first set foot in the Outer Hebrides, and the shipwreck that inspired the film Whisky Galore!, to a football pitch named "one of the most remarkable places to play football in the world" by FIFA. Explore its beautiful beaches with views to South Uist and Barra, keeping your eyes peeled for porpoise, or take a walk or cycle to meet the native Eriskay Ponies grazing by the roadside.

Famous For

  • The island has its own indigenous breed of pony. The Eriskay Pony is wild by definition but tame and friendly by nature. These ponies are quite large and are easily spotted roaming around the island by the roadside.

  • Eriskay football pitch was recognised by FIFA as one of the "8 most remarkable places to play football in the world". A short film showcasing the uneven, bumpy pitch with spectacular views can be found in the FIFA World Football Museum in Zurich, Switzerland.

  • When the SS Politician cargo ship sank just off Eriskay in 1941, the local seafaring community set sail to salvage her precious cargo of 22,000 cases of whisky in a tale that inspired the cult film Whisky Galore!.

Ask an Islander

  • Bonnie Prince Charlie first set foot in the Outer Hebrides at 'Prince Charlie Beach'. The young pretender made his way through Eriskay and South Uist whilst in hiding after the Battle of Culloden.

  • If religion is what interests you, take a walk around Acarsaid, which has an outdoor Stations of the Cross. First painted in 1970, the Stations are still used today by local parishioners around Lent.

  • The Eriskay Community Shop is an Aladdin’s Cave, selling everything from fresh local produce to Eriskay jumpers. You can also find beach toys for the kids, gifts, souvenirs and home goods.

Accommodation

Check out the following accommodation listings to book your stay.

Visit Scotland accommodation guide

Visit Outer Hebrides - accommodation in Eriskay

More Information

You can find some additional information about Eriskay 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 Eriskay via a causeway from South Uist or via ferry from Ardmhor on Barra operated by CalMac Ferries.

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.
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  • 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.
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