• Evat holiday cottage
    Accommodation

    Hotels, self catering, bed and breakfasts a youth hostel and wild camping.

  • Orasay Inn
    Eating Out

    South Uist has restaurants, cafes and the the well known Orasay Inn at Loch Carnan .

  • view of beinn mhor
    Attractions

    The Uists are well known for their beaches,wildlife, historic sites, and on South Uist walking

Welcome to South Uist

South Uist is a stunningly beautiful island of crystal clear waters with white powder beaches to the west and heather uplands dominated by Beinn Mhor to the east. The 20 miles of machair that runs alongside the sand dunes provides a marvellous habitat for the rare Corncrake, and Golden Eagles, Red Grouse and Red Deer can be seen on the mountains slopes to the east.

 

Explore Outer Hebrides Guide with Maps

Explore Outer Hebrides Guide with Maps. Click to view.

Lochboisdale, once a major herring port, is the main settlement and ferry terminus on the island with a population of approximately 300. The island is one of the last surviving strongholds of the Gaelic language in Scotland and the crofting industries of peat cutting and seaweed gathering are still an important part of everyday life. The island is home to the oldest Golf Course in the Outer Hebrides at Askernish.

The ruins of a farmhouse to the north of Milton are where the romantic heroine Flora Macdonald was born and spent part of her childhood until her father, Macdonald of Milton, died. The ruin of her old home has been saved as a memorial.

South Uist can be reached by ferry from Oban via Barra or from Uig on Skye to Lochmaddy or by the smaller ferry which weaves its way through the small islets of the Sound of Harris between Leverburgh on Harris to Berneray, connected by causeways via Benbecula to South Uist.

Click below for information about:

Isle of Lewis
Isle of Harris
Isle of North Uist
Isle of Benbecula
Isle of Barra

Latest News

New website for South Uist and Eriskay

Explore the Outer Hebrides is part of Explore Scotland and has recently been upgrading its websites.  This South Uist website is the final one to be completed in the Uist set of sites.  Isle of Bara to follow soon

Events this month

  • Events this month

    • Events on August 2, 2014
      Callanish Stones Marathon, 10K and Fun Run
      Starts: 12:00 am
      Ends: August 3, 2014 - 12:00 am
      Location: Callanish Stone Circle, United Kingdom
      Description: Looking for a challenge this New Year? Get your name down for the biggest sporting event ever to take place in the Western Isles.Take advantage of our early bird offer, £10 off your entry fee until 28th of February!
    • Events on August 4, 2014
      Clan MacNeil Gathering
      Starts: 12:00 am
      Ends: August 8, 2014 - 12:00 am
      Location: 32 Garrygall Isle of Barra Outer Hebrides HS9 5UH
      Description: Worldwide Gathering of the Clan MacNeil. Four days of events for visitors and residents to the island. Celebrating connections across the globe with MacNeils and Barra.
    • Events on August 8, 2014
      Harris Tweed Hebrides Tattoo
      Starts: 7:30 pm
      Ends: August 8, 2014 - 10:00 pm
      Location: Lews Castle Green, Castle grounds
      Description: Two day Hebridean Extravaganza of Piping, dancing, singing and other events. The Tattoo will feature six time World Champions ,the Simon Fraser University Pipeband From Vancouver, together with 8 other piebands from all over Scotland.
    • Events on August 9, 2014
      Carnival day in Stornoway
      Starts: 7:30 pm
      Ends: August 9, 2014 - 10:00 pm
      Location: Stornoway
      Description: Pipebands and floats parading through the town. 7.30pm Grand Concert at the Sport Centre, featuring Simon Fraser University Pipeband, Julie Fowlis and the Lochies. Grand Concert featuring, Sambayabamba band, a youth accordion band, the Lochies, a Gaelic Choir, Julie Fowlis and her band, and the Simon Fraser University Pipeband in concert.