Local area

Vallay and Vallay Strand

The shallow waters of Vallay Strand, directly in front of the properties, provide ideal conditions for windsurfing and kite-surfing at high tide.

At low tide, it is possible to walk out to the small, uninhabited island of Vallay, known for its colourful machair and white beaches. The remains of archaeologist Erskine Beveridge’s Victorian mansion, which once had 365 panes of glass and a different coloured fireplace in every room, can be seen.

Sollas village

Two miles from Struan House B&B and self-catering accommodation is a small but well-stocked Co-op supermarket, a picnic area and nine-hole golf course.

Lochmaddy

Ten miles away in Lochmaddy are two hotels, Taigh Chearsabhagh arts centre and cafe (also incorporating a Post Office), the Uist Outdoor Centre, a branch of the Bank of Scotland, a tourist information centre and a village shop.

Balranald

Encompassing machair, lochs, dunes and beaches, the Balranald Nature Reserve, just a few miles away, is popular with wildlife enthusiasts. As well as the wildflowers that carpet the machair in spring and summer, the area is rich with waders and is home to the elusive corncrake; eagles and otters are sometimes spotted.

Sites of historical interest

Dotted around the island are various sites of historical interest. Within easy reach of Struan House are Barpa Langass (a Neolothic burial chamber), Dun an Sticir (a ruined broch on an islet, accessible by narrow causeway), and Teampull na Trionaid (Trinity Temple, thought to date from the 13th century).

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Vallay