From Vatersay in the south to the Butt of Lewis in the north, the Outer Hebrides have a series of brand-new stops where you can get help with directions, leaflets or advice to give you the best possible experience when visiting our islands. If you are a driver who is lost, a cyclist with a puncture or a weary walker looking to rest and refuel, we have it covered!
2019 sees the introduction of six Welcome Points providing general information and a warm welcome to all visitors alongside a broader network of Pit Stops to meet the specific needs of visitors completing the Hebridean Way.
Seek out these Welcome Points as you travel through the islands to get the best local advice on what to see and do. There is no better way to find out what’s going on right where you are
staying or the best places to visit off the beaten track. Even if your local “guide” can’t help you,
they will tell you who can.
Find out where to find the best beaches, if there is a cèilidh or dance on, where to see wildlife, what tours are available and lots, lots more. No app or website can distil all this knowledge and, while you chat, you may get a few stories thrown in as well!
Uist Gifts and Information is one of the six new Welcome Points throughout the islands. Following the closure of the Lochboisdale Visitor Information Centre, Donnie Steele and Iain MacNeil saw the opportunity to open their brand-new community- driven business in the building.
Donnie said: “We are delighted that Uist Gifts and Information has become a Welcome Point. We not only offer information, gifts and services to visitors, but we also aim to inspire visitors to visit the many attractions and hidden gems Uist has to offer. We also encourage local businesses to visit us and keep us up to date."
The other five are Essence of Harris, Tarbert; Borrisdale Tweed, Leverburgh; Claddach Kirkibost Centre, North Uist; MacGillivrays, Benbecula; and Bùth Bharraigh, Barra.
For more information: www.visitouterhebrides.co.uk/visitor-info
Hebridean Way Pit Stops
The Hebridean Way is an epic long-distance journey which you can make on foot (156 miles) or on wheels (185 miles) over ten islands, six causeways and two ferries. Local businesses are now acting as Pit Stops along the route to help cyclists and walkers as they make their way through the islands.
Pit Stops are a combination of places to stay, cafes, shops, bike businesses and visitor centres. They will all provide essential Hebridean Way information including weather forecasts, bus information and taxi numbers.
B&Bs will provide a single night’s accommodation, packed lunches, drying facilities for your wet clothes and an evening meal or access to meal preparation area if there are no restaurants nearby.
Shops will provide camping items such as plasters andbalmstoeaseyou tired feet and the little essentials like puncture repair kits.
Cafes will let you fill up your water bottle and supply you with plenty of tea and cake to keep you going to your next stop.
Bike transfer companies will take you and your bike back to the startof the route, or pick you up if you’ve run into difficulty.
Peggy MacPhee, of Struan House B&B, was the first business to sign up to be a Pit Stop and said “We feel privileged to be conveniently located on the Hebridean Way in North Uist and signing up to be a Pit Stop made sense to us.
“We are geared up for cyclists and walkers offering one night’s accommodation, a home cooked meal, a great choice at breakfast to prepare travellers for the next part of the journey, and we can rustle up a packed lunch for those who would like one. We also have bike storage and an outside water-tap available to wash down bikes and muddy boots.
“Overlooking the sandy bay, Valley Strand, there is no better place to relax at sunset after a hard day’s cycling or walking!”
Pit Stops will not only provide help and support, they will also make it easier for you to plan your journey. So check out the Pit Stops and make sure you have them on your list!