North Uist Lochmaddy Reviews
North Uist and the Outer Hebrides Jun 12, 2006
North Uist is the ninth largest Scottish island and the thirteenth largest island surrounding Great Britain.
It has an area of 117 square miles (303.05 sq km),slightly smaller than South Uist. North Uist is connected by causeways to Benbecula via Grimsay, to Berneray, and to Baleshare.
Although not high on many peoples list when they come to Scotland they really do represent the real Scotland and I challenge anyone not to come out here and not go away thrilled by the wild beauty of the land, sea and sky.
Of course if your a Runrig fan North Uist will be well known but even many scots have never ventured this far afoot!
With the exception of the south east, the island is very flat, and covered with a patchwork of peat bogs, low hills and lochans, with more than half the land being covered by water.
Some of the lochs contain a mixture of fresh and tidal salt water, giving rise to some complex and unusual habitats.
North Uist is an absolute treasure trove has many prehistoric structures, including the Barpa Langass chambered cairn, the Pobull Fhinn stone circle, the Fir Bhreige standing stones, the islet of Eilean Dòmhnuill (which may be the earliest crannog site in Scotland) and the Baile Sear roundhouses, which were exposed by storms in January, 2005.
The island is also known for its birdlife, including corncrakes, arctic terns, gannets, corn buntings and Manx shearwaters. The RSPB has a nature reserve at Balranald.
You can use North Uist as a stepping stone to South Uist, Benbeccula, Barra and Lewis and Harris.
The main ferry runs across the Minches here to Uig on Skye
Accomodation is plentiful but a word of advice ... book in advance .. if the weather stops the ferry then even this can get squeezed quickly!
Ohhh and do look up the delicous hot smoked salmon here .... dreamy!
Part of the Scotland 2006 travel blog
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