Kilbride Campsite, Isle of South Uist

Gille Bhrighde / Oyster CatcherKilbride Campsite is at Cille Bhrìghde on the south shore of the Outer Hebrides island of South Uist, by a beach of white shell sands and the aquamarine seas of the Sound of Barra.

Within an easy walk or a short drive there’s unrivalled opportunities for hill-walking, wildlife-watching, beach-combing, photography, sea-kayaking - and much more besides. Kilbride is well-placed for a stop-over on a tour of the islands, but easily justifies a stay of two or three days or longer.

The beach at Kilbride Campsite, and the Isle of Eriskay beyond

Enquiries and Reservations:
D-J MacIsaac: mailbox@kilbridecampsite.co.uk
tel. 01878 700568 ; mob. 07751 251522

Site Open:
May to August - reservation recommended
Other times - reservation not required

Prices  > More information
Price varies according to the season, pitch size, type and position, use of electricity etc.

Click for layout of Kilbride Campsite Kilbride Campsite Fact File:
> 20 spacious hard pitches - 8m x 7m min, 15m apart and staggered
> Electric hook-ups available for hard pitches
> 7 grass pitches with space for cars ;
stb5star> 3 grass pitches for back-packers, cyclists, kayakers etc
> Service point for refuse, waste-water disposal, toilet emptying, fresh water
> Quality amenity building: 3 showers, 3 WCs each for male and female
> Separate washroom with WC and Shower for those with restricted mobility
> Free use of dish-washing and kitchen facilities; Laundry facilities available
> Landscaping and planting for shelter and privacy

Grass pitches at Kilbride Campsite

About Kilbride / Cille Bhrìghde
brigid crossThe Kilbride and Boisdale area is rich with a history of people and events that stretches back to Celtic Christian times, when in the early sixth century St Bride arrived from Ireland, stepping ashprincecharlieore on the beach here with an oyster-catcher (Gille Bhrìghde - servant of Bride) ceremoniously perched on each wrist. A chapel built here was named after her - Cille Bhrìghde in Gaelic, Kilbride in Scots, or Chapel of Bride in English. (Some believe that the name Hebrides could be a corruption of the Old Norse meaning Bride’s islands.) A much later arrival in 1745, was Prince Charles Edward Stewart: MacDonald of Boisdale, whose house stood here, famously told the prince to go back to France; but after Culloden Prince Charles found safety for a while here at Kilbride before finally making his escape with the help of Flora MacDonald, over the sea to Skye and the rest of his days in exile.

Travel Fact File:

Calmac Ferries
Western Isles Buses
Flybe and
Loganair

Barra Ferry: 4 miles
Lochboisdale: 8 miles
Balivanich: 29 miles
Lochmaddy 45 miles
Berneray: 51 miles

Places to go, things to do, within 10 miles of Kilbride Campsite

Easabhal  seen from Kilbride CampsiteEsia
Although only 240m above sea level, the summit of nearby Eisabhal offers amazing views across the Boisdale district, Eriskay and Barra and the many other islands and seas.

Ludaig: Kilbride Shellfish- fresh at the pier
Tel. Angus Campbell 01878 700342

Isle of Eriskay: Village shop, Post Office, Am Politician bar; Princes Beach (and many other beautiful beaches); Ferry to Barra.

Daliburgh: Co-op supermarket, Post Office, Borrodale Hotel with public bar and meals, Filling station, Fish & Chips, Health Centre

Lochboisdale: Hotel, public bar and restaurant; Internet Cafe with Post Office; Filling station; Car or van hire and vehicle repairs; B&Bs. Bank; Dentist; Small shops; Tourist Information Officel Ferry to Oban;
 

Polochar Inn: Hotel, public bar and highly recommended restaurant. Tel 01878 700215

Western Isles Wildlife: Guided walks with local expert Steve Duffield. Tel 01876 580619

South Uist Fishing: Permits from Daliburgh -
either at the Post Office or at Stòras Uibhist

Askernish Golf Course: Highly-regarded links  course originally created by ‘Old Tom Morris’, now with life members world-wide and celbrated visitors rubbing shoulders with the local sheep!

Kildonan Centre: Fascinating museum of local life and culture; Co-operative shop of local artists and craftsman; Cafe; 24hr WCs.

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The Big Garden - An Gàrradh Mòr, with the Hebridean Woolshed
All that remains of the fine house MacDonald of Boisdale’s built at Kilbride in about 1740 is a fragment of wall by the amenity building. But across the lane the impressive high-walled garden, which possibly was originally built before 1650, has survived centuries of storm and neglect and is now again in use as the kitchen garden of my neighbours Denise and Jonathan. There in the Big Garden you can get eggs jams, marmalades and preserves, fresh tomatoes and other seasonal salads and vegetables grown in the garden, and from their hw grazing sheep smallEriskay croft there;s eggs from truly free-range hens, hogget lamb from Hebridean sheep. Also in the walled garden is the Hebridean Woolshed, with hand-spun yarns and woven or felted items made by Denise with wool from their Hebridean sheep - and from mine, too!


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