VIRTUAL LAUNCH – APRIL 2020
Welcome! To attend the virtual launch of the new Grimsay Boat Haven, please play the video below (remember to turn on your sound and expand it to fullscreen).
As the only maritime heritage centre in the Western Isles, the Grimsay Boat Haven provides a focus for our island history and identity. From the popular Grimsay Boat Days to the new Boat Haven, Grimsay has been active in preserving the Uists’ boatbuilding and fishing heritage for more than 20 years.
The Grimsay Boat Haven is located at Ceann na h-Àirigh on the site of the former Kenary Church and Manse. It:
• features a large shelter to protect and display five of the best remaining examples of the Stewart boats;
• links the boats to our local history archive, which includes photographs, videos, oral histories, technical and cultural information, historical and social context, and Gaelic terminology in boatbuilding and fishing;
• provides an authentic introduction to the practical skills of island life for young and old, Uistich and visitor alike.
The Grimsay Boat Haven is linked to the rest of the centre at Ceann na h-Àirigh, creating an all-weather, year-round attraction including:
• the cafe CIDSIN the grimsay kitchen
• year-round community events
• Nourishing Grimsay, our local food project
• the Grimsay Post Office.
At the GRIMSAY BOAT HAVEN, WE
• SHARE skills and knowledge
• LEARN from the past
• SUPPORT fishing communities
• REACH OUT to people today
This project is part-financed by the Scottish Government and the European Community Outer Hebrides LEADER 2014-2020 programme.