OUR STORY......SO FAR!
Who are we?
A Family Team which brings many skills to play in this new (for us) business, having fallen in love with the Outer Hebrides and wanting to 'retire' here Dave and Diane along with daughter Rosanne felt this was the time to make this life changing decision.
Diane, worked for many years in the travel business before retiring and now her time is often taken up designing and making textile art. Pieces are often influenced by her surroundings and the flora and fauna that resides in abundance on the Isles. Machine embroidery, hand embroidery, wire work pictures are a few of her skills, and if that's not enough she also frames work pieces herself.
Dave, worked for 40 years in the Automotive Manufacturing sector in a great many roles which has given him a broad skill set. His hobby is working with wood making simple but lovely pieces ranging from chopping boards to benches and tables. He particularly likes to reuse what might have been thrown away.
Rosanne (Rosie) studied Marine Science for her BSc and Endangered species recovery for her MSc. She is quite the accomplished photographer and takes wildlife photos around the islands, always looking out for otters! So if you have any questions on wildlife she is more than happy to help you! An accomplished Ice Hockey Player she was also a member of a Hotel Gym where she learnt a great many skills, before coming to Benbecula.
Shell Bay House and Shell Bay Caravan park has been on this ground for circa 40 years. Parts of the site still shows signs of the RAF living quarters as the site was used during the war to accommodate service personnel from RAF Benbecula which during WW2 had a key role in sub hunter squadrons.
The airfield still remains with commercial flights from the mainland on a regular basis, its a short ride, down the road from Balivanich to Otters Edge Campgrounds.
The site became a static caravan park and the signs can still be seen on the ground where these were placed with substantial supports surrounding them, as it gets windy up here in the Outer Hebrides. We have some ideas on how to utilise these even further but for now we'll still use them for camper van pitches, many of which have electric hook ups available. The facility block was installed and still remains, we are currently sprucing them up a little and hopeful of adding a small kitchen/eating area as well. It already has a room for washing and drying your clothes and a sink for washing the dishes.
We've changed the name to Otters Edge as we are, pretty much at the edge of the European Otters domain. An elusive creature which we humans still search for a glimpse of but you'll have to stay still and watch carefully. We have seen them on the beach along from the site, Rosie continues to search for them whenever shes out exploring the Islands and you can see some pictured on here.
We have the Liniclate school just up the road with the Dark Island Hotel just a little further along if youre feeling in the need for a restaurant and perhaps something to warm you up Slàinte mhath.
There's a Co-Op a mile or so heading towards the causeway to South Uist which will have everything you need for your self catering. To the North in Balivanich there are other shops for food and supplies of all types. In short you're in the middle of everything you might possibly need.
We are here for the long run and hope to do justice to the legacy of the Buchanan family who created this place, and we'll seek to add to your enjoyment and the islands accessibility.