If you are approaching from the Lochmaddy direction follow the main A865 loop road around the island. Follow the signs to Sollas, Berneray and the Sound of Harris Ferry. After approximately three miles you will drive through Blashaval. After a further mile take the narrow road (on the right) signposted to Lochportain and Marine Harvest, Cheesebay. There is a solitary street lamp with a solar panel at the junction.
Follow this minor road for about six miles which weaves and meanders it’s way through a watery landscape of peat bogs, Duns, freshwater lochs, small bays and tidal inlets. As you drop down into Cheesebay the mountains of Harris become visible across the Sound. Take the first road on the right after the cattle grid and the signpost Baigh a Chaise (Cheesebay). The properties are the first on the left.
Ferries sail from the Scottish mainland and The Isle of Skye to Lochmaddy (North Uist) and Lochboisdale (South Uist). There are also two smaller inter island ferries operating between Barra and Eriskay and Leverburgh on Harris to Berneray.
There are three main ferry routes:
Route 1: Uig (Isle of Skye) to Lochmaddy (North Uist)
This is the shortest sea crossing which takes about 1hr 45 minutes. Cheesebay is about 30 mins drive from Lochmaddy.
Route 2: Oban (Argyle & Bute) to Lochboisdale (South Uist)
This is a longer crossing with a journey time of either 5hrs 10mins or 6hrs 40mins if you come via Castlebay on Barra. Cheesebay is about 1hrs drive from Lochboisdale.
Route 3: Mallaig (Lochaber) to Lochboisdale (South Uist)
This is a new route currently operating on two days of the week with a journey time of approximately 3.5hrs.
For further information please go to www.calmac.co.uk
There is an airport located at Balavanich on the central island in the chain called Benbecula and on most days of the week it has several direct flights to Glasgow, Inverness and Stornoway.
For flight times, details of how to book please go to www.flybe.com
Car Hire (available from Ferry terminals or Benbecula Airport)
Ask Car Hire, Liniclate, Benbecula Tel: 01870 602191
Maclennan’s Self Drive, Balivanich, Benbecula Tel: 01870602191
There are good connections with most ferries from Glasgow via Fort William, Kyle, Portree to Uig. Contact Traveline Scotland for details.
The island has regular bus services and the timetables are available in the Tourist information centre.
For Cheesebay there is a Postbus service from Lochmaddy every day at 07.30 am (08.00 am on Saturdays) but it is almost essential for visitors to have their own transport of some kind.
The nearest petrol station is Morrison’s in Lochmaddy and they are not open on Sundays. There is also petrol at Bayhead Stores (closed also on Sunday) and the nearest 24hr automatic pump is located in Balivanich.
Morrison’s in Lochmaddy also have a small supermarket (closes 6.00pm) and there is also a well-stocked supermarket at Sollas that opens later until 10.00pm. MacLennan’s supermarket in Balivanich (45 minutes drive) is the nearest supermarket open on a Sunday.