The Uists can be reached by air from Glasgow or Stornoway (Lewis) or by the Caledonian MacBrayne car ferry from Uig in Skye (two hours’ sail to North Uist) or from Mallaig (three hours’ sail to South Uist). For more details go to: www.loganair.com and www.calmac.co.uk
The house is named after the Gaelic name (of Norse origin) for a small group of islands off the West coast of North Uist. They are sometimes also referred to as the Monach Islands. Heisker is situated on the West side of North Uist not far from the village of Bayhead. It is about half a mile from a series of long ocean-facing sandy beaches, ideal for that early morning or evening stroll or beach barbeque. The village of Bayhead has a post office and a shop selling fuel, bread, milk and other foodstuffs. Details of some other facilities, including restaurants, pubs, walks and hills to climb on the islands are in the “Useful Info” section.