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 has also worked in 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.
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.
Balivanich to the North of the site is the administrative centre for the islands and has everything you might need, details are on this site, if its not there we'll know where and how to get to it.
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.