Baleshare (Baile Sear) is a small island at the west coast of North Uist. Western Isles is the name given to the administrative region which since 1973 has been the local government area for the Outer Hebrides (Lewis, Harris, North and South Uist, Benbecula, Barra, Eriskay and other small islands). Although the islands are diverse geologically, they are mostly rocky or peaty with sandy shores, supporting very limited agriculture, mainly in crofting townships, which provide some of the raw material for the woollen goods manufacture for which Harris is famed. The isolation of the Western Isles has helped to maintain Scottish Gaelic as a living language,with distinctive accents in the various islands.
Fortunately there is a good possibility to visit the Isles nowadays. The Caledonian MacBrayne is the only ferry operator that sails from different places on the mainland and Isle of Skye to the Western Isles. And the airport in Balivanich, Isle of Benbecula, gives you the opportunity to fly from Glasgow.