Welcome! You can now book a COVID-safe visit to the Grimsay Boat Haven

We have put in place a number of measures to ensure you have a COVID-safe visit to our collection. To ensure we can effectively managed visitor numbers, and the quality of your experience, you are encouraged to pre-book your visit to the Grimsay Boat Haven. Our staff carry out thorough cleaning of frequently-touched surfaces, and hand sanitiser stations / hand washing facilities are provided to help keep everyone safe. More details HERE

You can book a visit at 11am, 12noon or 1pm, Monday – Wednesday and 11am, 12noon, 1, 2 or 3pm, Thursday & Friday by contacting Grimsay Community Association on 01870 603359 or
We look forward to seeing you soon!


To view 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).

The Grimsay Boat Haven and virtual launch was featured in the Travels by Design blog in the Design Exhibition Scotland Journal. 


As the only maritime heritage centre in the Western Isles, 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.

For more information on the boats, click here

Visualisation of the new Grimsay Boat Haven with the existing community centre at the left

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.

• 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.

Grimsay Boat Haven project funders