Grimsay Community Association

Grimsay Centre


Grimsay Community Association is a heritage and cultural organisation serving the island of Grimsay, a crofting and fishing community located between Benbecula and North Uist in the Outer Hebrides. GCA owns and manages the community heritage and visitor centre at Ceann na h-Àirigh, the former Free Church that served and was built by the people of Grimsay. We regularly host workshops, demonstrations, exhibitions, events, talks and ceilidhs, preserving and sharing an authentic and meaningful experience of our Gaelic culture and local heritage. Grimsay Boat Haven is GCA’s most recent development and the first maritime heritage visitor attraction in the Western Isles. A landmark building preserves, displays and interprets exemplars of the Stewart-built Grimsay Boats, a nationally recognised style of clinker-built work boat. The Boat Haven links with the existing Grimsay Boat Trail, a self-guided trail of three important and historic sites around Grimsay.

Archive collections

The Grimsay Archive is held in a dedicated archive store within Ceann na h-Àirigh and includes collections relating to:

  • Local and social history traditions of Grimsay
  • Community projects on Grimsay
  • the Stewart-Built Grimsay boats
  • Grimsay Boat Days (1999-2011)
  • the Grimsay Boat Shed (history, development and training programmes)
  • Heisgeir (the Monach Isles)
  • Small boat fishing records in the Uists, 1945 - 1968 (Creek Books)


Centre address

Ceann na h-Àirigh, Scotvein, Grimsay, Isle of North Uist, HS6 5JA

Opening times

11am - 4pm, Tuesday - Friday year-round (contact us before a long journey)


01870 603359



Website https://www.grimsay.org/

Geographic coverage

Grimsay, Heisgeir