You can now book an EXCLUSIVE, COVID-safe visit to the Grimsay Boat Haven.

We have devised a COVID-safe system for visiting, which allows an individual, household, extended household or individual/household + carer/support worker to pre-book an EXCLUSIVE visit to the Boat Haven. From 03 November 2020 you can have sole access to the collection, without mixing with other households, so no need to worry about social distancing. We’ll also carry out a thorough cleaning between visits, to keep everyone safe. More details HERE

You can book a visit at 11am, 12noon or 1pm, Tuesday – 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).

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