Baleshare Bothies

UK Scotland Scottish Isles Uist North Uist

  • Contactless check in
  • Deep clean between glamping guests
  • Individual toilets for glamping accommodation
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Beaches
  • Walking
En-suite glamping pods near the beach on the remote Hebridean island of Baleshare

If you want a white-sand beach almost to yourself, go to an island off the Scottish coast. But if you really want a white-sand beach to yourself go to an island off of an island off the Scottish coast. That's where you'll find Baleshare Bothies, set on the tiny island of Baleshare, connected to mainland North Uist via a narrow boulder-protected causeway. As remote boltholes go in the UK there are few finer places to bed down for the night. And the beach? It's all of about 200 yards away.

'Bothy' is Scot-slang for a little hut or cottage found in a remote setting and, once you see the glamping pods, you’ll understand how fitting the name is. Set back from the shores of Baleshare Beach, with breath-taking views towards the North Atlantic, the greenfield site looks like it has come out of thin air, as if wished into existence by a passing hiker. Owner’s Stuart and Sarah wanted to keep the site secluded and simple so it wouldn’t detract from the beauty of the surroundings, resulting in a glamping site that seems to have popped out of nowhere. Neighbours include Stuart and Sarah’s family who live in the surrounding crofts that make up the local community. After years of Stuart’s parents talking about turning the family land into a dream staycation site, the couple finally decided to take the plunge in 2021 and turn the family idea into a reality.

The glamping pods themselves are kitted out with enough luxuries to rival the neighbour’s homes. Each cosy glamping pod contains a double bed and a small sofa bed with linen and towels provided. There's also a fully equipped kitchenette and dining table as well as an outdoor dining area with a picnic bench and firepit, meaning you can eat your home-cooked meal al fresco. Whether you choose to dine inside or out, you’ll be overlooking some of the best views in the area and sunsets you'll dream about for ever after. There’s a TV inside too, perfect for the unpredictable Scottish weather or for watching a film in your cosy bed after a long day of breezy Atlantic-coast walks.

Baleshare itself is a flat, low lying island and a good base for exploring the Outer Hebrides more widely. Once you tire of your own doorstep beach you can set off in search of others, to popular Cula Bay, for example, or Balranald Bay, backed by a nature reserve. You can visit mysterious standing stones at Gramsdale and Langais, along with ruined hilltop chapels buffeted by the winds and left in beautiful ruins for adventurous visitors to explore.

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  • A low deposit of 30% to secure your booking
  • Balance not due until 30 days before your holiday, in case of late changes to Coronavirus guidance
  • Complete flexibility to move bookings up to the end of 2021 in the event of Coronavirus restrictions
  • In the event of a lack of 2021 availability, switch your dates to 2022
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Facilities

Each pod contains a double bed and small sofa bed (all bed linen and towels provided), an ensuite with a proper loo, a powerful shower and a hand basin, plus a kitchenette equipped with an electric hob, microwave, kettle, toaster and a small fridge freezer. Each pod has a table and chairs seating four, a TV and an electric heater, as well as an outdoor dining area with a picnic bench and firepit. Private parking is available onsite.

Suitable For

Glamping only. Up to two dogs are permitted per pod.

Nearby

Walking and enjoying the quiet, emptiness of the Outer Hebrides is usually the main attraction here and Baleshare's long, white beach is a wonderful place for a swim on a calm day, looking across at the Monach Islands. Leaving Baleshare and heading on to North Uist mainland, Langass Woodland is a 15-minute drive from your pod – follow the marked trails through the woods there and look out for the blue-black-striped dragonflies – and it's 15 minutes, too, to Pobull Fhinn Stone Circle, which dates back to the second millennium BC and is the most well-known stone circle in the Uists. The circle of 24 standing stones overlooks Loch Langais, with portal stones marking the entrance. It's a 10-minute drive, or hour and a half walk each way to Teampull na Trionaid ("trinity church"), a ruined 13th-century Augustinian nunnery at Carinish that makes for an intriguing monument to walk out to, with views back over the sound to Baleshare Island.

Food & Drink

The Westford Inn (01876 580653) is a cosy, dog friendly pub, located just over 10 minutes away in the car. During the summer they host mini beer festivals but throughout the year they have lots of other events on, like cocktail nights, pub quizzes and traditional music nights. Langass Lodge (01876 580285) is another great local spot, around 15 minutes away in the car, their daily changing menu uses local food to produce modern Scottish cuisine. A little further to get to, but still under 20-minutes away, is Lochmaddy Hotel (01876 500331), their fresh seafood options change daily on their specials board, with Lobster dishes and Scallop meals leaving you spoilt for choice, but make sure to leave room for dessert, prepared by manager and pastry chef Eilidh.

Open

Open all year.

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The Owner Says

Welcome to Baleshare Bothies! We are a small family run business consisting of two cosy self-catering glamping pods situated in the peaceful crofting community of Baleshare, North Uist in the Outer Hebrides. We are located metres from the shore of Baleshare Beach, where there are breath-taking views all around.

Accommodation

Two glamping pods, each sleeping up to four people.

Hiort (dog friendly)

Pod Sleeps 4
A cosy self-catering glamping pod situated in the peaceful crofting community of Baleshare, North Uist in the Outer Hebrides. Dogs are permitted in this pod.

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Pod Sleeps 4
A cosy self-catering glamping pod situated in the peaceful crofting community of Baleshare, North Uist in the Outer Hebrides.

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Location

Contact Baleshare Bothies, Baleshare Bothies, Baleshare, North Uist, Western Isles, HS6 5HG

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Getting There

The pods are located a little over three miles from the main road in North Uist (A865), over the short causeway to the island of Baleshare. If travelling from the north, you’ll want to turn right off the A865, cross the causeway and at the first crossroads you come to (a mile and a half after the causeway) turn left and follow this road to Baleshare Bothies.

No, we are quite remote so it's best to drive.

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