Grimsay & Flodaigh | Nigel Spencer


These neighbouring islands to the north of Benbecula may not be as well-known as their larger neighbours but are definitely worth exploring. Discover Grimsay's rich maritime history and working woollen mill, or explore Flodaigh's coastline for some seal spotting and rockpool hopping. Grimsay's weekly market is a great place to sample some local produce and hear some live music.

Did you know that the Gaelic name for Grimsay is Griomasaigh, and the name Flodaigh is taken directly from Gaelic?

Famous For

  • Grimsay is known for its boats – four generations of the Stewart family built boats on the island. Designed for local conditions, they were small enough to be beached in rocky inlets of the Minch but fast, strong and stable enough for lobster fishing in the Atlantic.

  • Tiny Flodaigh may only have a handful of human inhabitants, but its rocky coastline is perfect for spotting seals, otters and a range of birdlife, including the merlin, eider, short-eared owl, and Arctic tern.

Ask an Islander

  • The black pudding and scallop roll from the Kallin cafe is definitely worth checking out. The cafe is a great place to meet locals and learn more about the islands.

  • The spinning mill and wool centre at Keneray uses wool that is sourced locally and processed on-site. There is a strong focus on the interpretation of cultural traditions in wool work and sharing knowledge between generations.

  • An excellent example of an Iron Age wheelhouse can be found at Bagh nam Feadag on Grimsay.


Check out the following accommodation listings to book your stay.

Visit Scotland accommodation guide

Grimsay Community Association - about Grimsay

More Information

You can find some additional information about Grimsay & Flodaigh at the links below

Grimsay Community Association

Visit Outer Hebrides


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


In order to keep our island communities safe during the ongoing pandemic, please check the latest guidance from the Scottish Government about travelling to and around the islands. Please note that advice may vary depending on the specific island you are visiting.

CalMac Ferries run services to North Uist and South Uist. Onward travel to Grimsay and Flodaigh is by road via causeways. Bus services run from Benbecula to North Uist (W16 route) and South Uist (W17 route) Monday–Saturday.

Loganair offers flights to Benbecula from Glasgow, Inverness and Stornoway.

Find out more about getting to North Uist.
Find out more about getting to South 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.