The ferry to Barra, in the distance
Eriskay and neighbouring islands

Eriskay is an island in the Outer Hebrides. It has a population of around 130, scattered along the 5 km or so of road. It is linked to South Uist by a causeway opened in 2002. The island is 4.5 km long North to South and 2.5 km 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. It is also known for the native Eriskay Ponies.

Get in

By boat

Oban to Lochboisdale on South Uist 4 per week, taking 5+ hours.

By air

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.

By Bus

Buses link South Uist with Benbecula, and Eriskay. As part of the Western Isles Overland Route combination of bus and ferry, you can travel in under a day from Stornoway or Castlebay on Barra.

Get around

Eriskay is small enough to explore on foot.




There is a well stocked small community shop, which sells CO-OP brand products. Open Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat 9am-5pm, and Sun 10.30am-12.30pm.



Self Catering

Renting a house for a week or more is a popular option. Such places are generally let from Saturday to Saturday. Some of these can be found on the tourist board website .

Carrick, HS8 5JR, an architect-designed wooden 'eco' croft house set on an actively worked traditional Hebridean croft. With wood-burning stove and all the comforts required for up to five people at any time of year. High standard of finishes and furnishings throughout. Bedrooms - two doubles and a single. Fantastic views across crofts, sea and mountains. Denise - Telephone +44 1878 700828. See South Uist Self Catering.


Wild camping may be possible, enquire locally. There are showers (£1) and toilets in the ferry waiting room.

Go next

Head South on the ferry to Barra, or North by road to South Uist, Benbecula, North Uist then Berneray.

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