Uist is renowned for its abundance of wildlife
and is a bird watchers paradise. It has over
90 fishing lochs. On the west side of the
island there are endless miles of unpopulated
white sandy beaches and machair offering hours
of enjoyable walking. The east side is rugged
and offers good trekking across the moorland
to the edge of the sea, where you can view
seals basking on the rocks. Look out for red
deer, otters, eagles and many other species
that thrive in the sparshly populated island.
Don't forget your camera or camcorder - this
is a photographers dream. In the evening,
relax and watch the spectacular sunsets, visit
one of the local restaurants, bars or cafes
where you can chat away at ease with the locals
who will always provide a friendly welcome
and are all always willing to share their
folklore. Gaelic is still the native language
and the island tradition and culture have
been well preserved.
There are many places of interest and activities
- Art Galleries
- Craft & local hand made jewellery shops
- Birth place of Flora MacDonald who accompanied
Bonnie Prince Charlie over the sea to Skye.
- Ancient Sites (wheel houses, stone circle
- Nature Reserves
- Cycling (bikes can be hired)
- Hill Walking
events through the year including Music Festivals
with traditional music, dance and songs, Ceilidhs,
Highland Games, Cattle Shows, etc.
number of hotels, bars, restuarants and cafes
serving local produce. Details available from
Tourist Offices in Lochmaddy, Benbecula or
are several supermarkets and petrol stations
located throughout the island that are open
7 days per week.