Eriskay

Eriskay location in Scotland
Population: 140

Eriskay is a small island in the Outer Hebrides featuring beautiful white sandy beaches. It was a small bay here which saw Bonnie Prince Charlie touch Scottish soil for the first time when he landed in 1745 and the bay is named after him.

For a long time it was home to a small fishing community. Things changed in 1838 when Colonel Gordon bought the island from MacNeil of Barra. During the highland clearances the population of the island grew dramatically as it was considered too small to house sheep so some of the refugees who had been moved off their land elsewhere went to Eriskay.

The island also found further fame when the SS Politician struck rocks just off the shore in 1941 and spilled it's cargo of whisky. The novel and film Whisky Galore were based on this incident though the film was largely filmed in nearby Barra.

A causeway linking the island to South Uist was completed in 2001 and it is hoped that this will regenerate the island. There is a good shop, a community centre and one pub on the island. Perhaps the most notable building there is the Roman Catholic church of St Michael's which was built in 1903.