Peace, tranquillity, vast open spaces, wide empty skies and a warm welcome awaits.
Trinity Factors manages two adjacent self catering holiday cottages on the island of North Uist in the Hebrides (Scotland’s Western Isles). The cottages are very similar and are situated near Lochmaddy on North Uist and can be let on a weekly or monthly basis all year round. Both cottages are decorated and furnished to a high standard and are equipped with all modern appliances, e.g. microwave, washer/drier dishwasher etc.
Formerly the church and manse, this unique accommodation is located in the small fishing and crofting community of Loch Portain, nine miles from the delightful village of Lochmaddy on the island of North Uist.
Attractions include beautiful, magnificent, empty and huge beaches; wild salmon; sea-trout and brown trout fishing; the RSPB nature reserve at Balranald and many other outdoor activities. A variety of outdoor activities including: water sports, diving, abseiling, rock climbing, and horse riding can be arranged nearby. There is also a golf course where visitors are welcome.
A Post Office community, arts centre and cafe, a hotel and the Bank of Scotland are in Lochmaddy, where the ferry arrives from Skye.
Both cottages are available to rent at any time of year.
Local Events - 2017
2 - 7 July
Daliburgh, Isle of South Uist
Take part in the annual summer school exploring the connections between Scottish traditional music, Gaelic song and dance, with expert tuition, and workshops, plus lively concerts and ceilidhs.
14 - 22 July
Various venues, Isle of Berneray
Experience a memorable celebration of island life with ceilidhs, kite flying, beach BBQs and music, plus sandcastle building competitions, sheepdog trials, and a 10k run over the grassy island plains.
Various venues, Isle of North Uist
Join the island residents for a fun week of games, scavenger hunts, quizzes and guided walks. Sample the local homebaking and hear excellent bands.
South Uist Games and Piping Society
Lochboisdale, Isle of South Uist
Enjoy traditional island hospitality at a great, local Highland Games, with world class piping, dancing, wrestling, tug o'war and thrilling heavyweight events.
North Uist Highland Games
North Uist Agricultural Show
Hosta Machair, North Uist
Fun for all the family - even the kids get a chance to judge some of the livestock, with scarecrow building, sheep dog trials, prize winning cakes and vegetables, cooking demonstrations and much more.
28 - 29 July
Benbecula Music Spectacular - Eilean Dorcha Festival
The dramatic and unspoiled scenery of Benbecula will host a two day music festival featuring headline acts.
1 - 30 September
Various venues, Outer Hebrides
A month long festival featuring a packed programme of ceilidhs, Celtic music, traditional and contemporary arts and crafts, plus delicious local food and drink.
2018 - St Kilda Challenge
The St Kilda Challenge held from North Uist to the isolated island group and back again. Described as a 'dream' event for maritime enthusiasts, the race will span a distance of 100 nautical miles and cover the hazardous swells of the North Atlantic. The first race took place in 2016 with the next scheduled race taking place on the 14-16 June 2018.
More local information can be found at:-
Western Isles Wildlife
Daily wildlife tours in Uist and Benbecula
Uist Community Riding School
The home of horse and pony riding in Uist, Benbecula and Barra
Taigh Chearsabhagh, Lochmaddy
Museum & Arts Centre
Guided walks at North Uist nature reserve
Lady Anne Boat Trips
Sightseeing and wildlife boat trips
Aristocrat imprisoned on St Kilda
Rachel Chiesley, usually known as Lady Grange, was the wife of James Erskine, Lord Justice Clerk of Scotland. On the acrimonious collapse of their marriage, and fearing that his wife would expose his Jacobite sympathies, Erskine arranged her kidnapping.
Lady Grange was first taken to the Monach Isles off North Uist before sailing to Hirta, the main island on the St Kilda archipelago. She was in exile there for more than seven years, living among the islanders, before spending the last years of her life on Skye, where she died in 1745.
The beautiful but isolated islands of St Kilda are out of reach for many, but Alloa Tower, the ancestral home of her husband and the Erskine family, offers a glimpse into the privileged level of society from which Lady Grange was taken.