South Uist, often referred to as the Long Island, has a variety of attractions to offer and to please a vast range of interests.
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. The views from the hill summits over to Skye and the mainland, or to the other islands can be magnificent and so different each time depending on the weather. The more relaxing Machair walks, highlighted by the awesome sunsets in the evening are enhanced by the clear sandy beaches stretching for miles and the Atlantic surfs. The Hebridean Way is a recently developed route of paths and ways for walkers and cyclists which wends its way through the islands. Further information can be had from the local information and gift shop or from
The large number of freshwater and sea lochs provide anglers of all abilities the opportunity to have a good day’s sport with a tasty meal at the end of it (or even better – a lovely brown trout breakfast!). The main catches are brown and sea trout and salmon. Permits and expert advice are available from Storas Uibhist and the South Uist Angling Club.
In addition seafishing from boats and the shore provide a good day's activity.
For further information visit:- www.southuistfishing.com
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 the club has members and life members from all over the world who regularly travel to south Uist to play. The club facilities and clubhouse provide a welcome for all. One of the top 100 courses in the world to play.
For further information contact:- www.askernishgolfclub.com
Bonnie Prince Charlie
Most people have heard about Bonnie Prince Charlie, The Young Pretender, and the Battle of Culloden. Prince Charlie’s Strand, where he first landed in Scotland and again after the infamous Battle of Culloden, is in Eriskay with a cairn commemorating his arrival. His journey then took him onto South Uist (before the causeway!) and there are several places connected to him – not the least of which is a monument on the site of Flora MacDonald’s birthplace at Milton. And, of course, the wellknown song ‘Over the Sea to Skye’ was based on his escape engineered by Flora from Uist to Skye before he could eventually return to France. There are a series of talks, walks and ceilidhs during the summer months related to the Prince and his story
Our local museum hosts displays of life as it was on the island, and also a large range of archaeological artefacts from the many digs for which the Uists have become well known. On display outside is a replica of a Birlinn which was a type of boat used for exploration and sea warfare at the time of the vikings.
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 where you can view and purchase paintings, photos, models, knitwear, cards, jewellery and other craft produce.
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, 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. These can provide the visitor with the experience of active participation or just to watch, listen and enjoy.
Ceolas is the adult festival celebrating the music - piping, song, fiddle and dance in particular- with a week of classes, concerts and ceilidhs.
Feis Tir a'Mhuirinn is the festival for the younger folk, again providing a week of classes for learning the traditional music and dance as well as art and drama through the medium of the Gaelic language.
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, dolphins, Heron, Sea eagles to name but a few. Outings can be arranged or you can be part of already planned trips depending on what you want to do. Trips to many of the surrounding islands from Rhum to St Kilda are also available. And our pods are particularly handy for those trips.
Contact David Steele at http://www.uistseatours.com
The archaeology of the Uists is all around with certain sites marked and accessible for visitors. The museum carries a lot of information about the many 'digs' that there have been and some of the 'finds', such as the mummified bodies of Kilphedar Kate and some of the relics dating back to early Bronze Age. There are also Archaeological trips and talks throughout the summer months or for booking in advance.
Contact Kate MacDonald or Becky Barker at www.uistarchaeology.com
South Uist is not too hilly and cycling is a great way to travel about at a pace where you can enjoy the scenery. If you do not bring your own bike, they can be hired from who also do repairs and bike supplies.
Because life in the islands is usually a bit less hectic than the large towns and cities, Uist is a great place for relaxing and chilling out; for recharging the batteries and for regaining a sense of perspective. Whether it is the long beach walk, a picnic by a lochside or the gentle climbing on the hills, the opportunities for leaving your troubles behind are there for you. 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!
Local car hire is available from
Laing Motors www.laingmotors.co.uk
Ask Car Hire www.askcarhire.com
Places to Eat
Hotels and pubs Cafes
Lochboisdale Hotel Askernish Golf Club
Borrodale Hotel , Daliburgh Skydancer Coffee
Pollochar Inn Kildonan Museum
Am Politician, Eriskay Kilbride Cafe