South Uist, often referred to as the Long Island, is steeped in culture and tradition offering a variety of attractions.
As island life is usually a bit less hectic, Uist is a great place for relaxing and an idyllic getaway.
If you have not been here before why not come and try it. If you have been here before – well, you know why you should return!
Walking and Cycling
There are walks to satisfy all levels of interest and ability - the hills of the East coast, the machair lands, and the long, sandy strands of the West coast. Take in the hill summit views of the other islands or enjoy the more relaxing Machair walks, which are the best place to soak in the enchanting sunsets. The Hebridean Way is a recently developed route of paths for walkers and cyclists throughout the islands. Bike hire is available locally. Further information can be had from the local information and gift shop or from:
This is a highlight of a visit for many people. Why not enjoy a few hours sea fishing or a boat trip along the coast to see the island from a different angle and to witness the sealife which surrounds us - seals, minky whales, basking sharks and dolphins to name but a few.
The large number of freshwater and sea lochs provide anglers of all abilities the opportunity to have a good day’s sport. The main catches are typically brown and sea trout and salmon. Permits and expert advice are available from Storas Uibhist and the South Uist Angling Club.
The Askernish Golf course is rapidly gaining a worldwide reputation for its scenic and challenging links and greens. This original Tom Morris designed course has been restored in the last few years and has been hailed as one of the top 100 courses in the world. The club facilities and clubhouse provide a welcome for all.
Archaeology and Kildonan Museum
There are many archaeological digs for which the Uists have become well known, many of which are accessible for visitors.
Our local museum hosts displays of life as it was on the island, and also a large range of archaeological artefacts. You can relax in the cafe with excellent home baking and a range of snacks as part of your visit. Uist Craft Producers have their craft shop just next door.
The islands possess a vast wealth of natural history and wildlife. It is a paradise for bird and animal watchers with corncrakes, eagles, sea eagles, otters and red deer amongst the attractions. RSPB and SNH have an active role in the Uists and their offices and representatives can provide expert information and advice as well as the various talks and outings which take place over the summer months.
The Uists are one of the last bastions of regularly spoken Gaidhlig in its natural environment. The heritage and culture associated with the Gaels is still very strong and festivals, ceilidhs, concerts and courses take place at various times throughout the year.
Ceolas is the festival celebrating the music - piping, song, fiddle and dance in particular- with a week of classes, concerts and ceilidhs.
Feis Tir a'Mhuirinn is a festival for the younger folk, again providing a week of classes for learning traditional music and dance as well as art and drama through the medium of the Gaelic language.
Places to Eat
South Uist offers a variety of places to eat and drink, where you can sample local produce and fresh seafood.
Askernish Golf Club
Local car hire is available from;
Laing Motors www.laingmotors.co.uk
Ask Car Hire www.askcarhire.com