• 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 June 28, 2014
      Harris Arts Festival
      Starts: 12:00 am
      Ends: July 6, 2014 - 12:00 am
      Location: Ferry Road Leverburgh Isle Of Harris
      Description: A week of events throughout Harris
      http://www.harrisarts.org
    • Events on July 5, 2014
      Isle of Harris Half Marathon
      Starts: 12:00 am
      Ends: July 6, 2014 - 12:00 am
      Location: Isle of Harris
      Description: The Isle of Harris Half Marathon is a popular and scenic race organised by the Stornoway Running and Athletics Club. http://www.halfmarathonlist.co.uk/isle-of-harris-half-marathon.php
    • Events on July 6, 2014
      Fisherman's Mass
      Starts: 12:00 am
      Ends: July 7, 2014 - 12:00 am
      Location: Castlebay Isle Of Barra
      Description: Annual blessing of the fishing fleet. An open air Mass followed by freshly cooked herring and a Ceilidh in the evening.
    • Events on July 6, 2014
      Ceolas Festival
      Starts: 12:00 am
      Ends: July 12, 2014 - 12:00 am
      Location: Isle Of South Uist
      Description: A week long event of Gaelic song, dance and music. http://www.ceolas.co.uk/
    • Events on July 12, 2014
      Point Agricultural Shows
      Starts: 12:00 am
      Ends: July 13, 2014 - 12:00 am
      Location: Aird Showground Point Isle Of Lewis
      Description: Fun for all the family. Attractions, craft stalls, displays/demonstrations, highland dancing and music.
    • Events on July 14, 2014
      Sail Stornoway Festival
      Starts: 12:00 am
      Ends: July 20, 2014 - 12:00 am
      Location: Stornoway Harbour, Quay Street, Stornoway, United Kingdom
    • Events on July 16, 2014
      Hebridean Celtic Festival
      Starts: 12:00 am
      Ends: July 20, 2014 - 12:00 am
      Location: Stornoway Castle Grounds
      Description: Renowned for its truly special atmosphere HebCelt radiates out from its supershows in Stornoway’s Castle Grounds to intimate venues in rural communities. With a host of fringe events to sample, lose yourself for the weekend in one of the most stunning festival locations in the world. http://www.hebceltfest.com/
    • Events on July 18, 2014
      In My Father's Words'
      Starts: 7:30 pm
      Ends: July 18, 2014 - 8:30 pm
      Location: Balivanich Community Hall
      Description: Dundee Rep Theatre. My Father’s Words is a beautiful play about identity – national and personal – and language, and the utter indivisibility between the two. In the year that the Commonwealth Games come back to Scotland, the Rep presents a play which re-tells the Scottish emigrant story for our times.
    • Events on July 19, 2014
      In my fathers words
      Starts: 7:30 pm
      Ends: July 19, 2014 - 9:00 pm
      Location: Daliburgh, South Uist
      Description: Dundee Rep Theatre. n My Father’s Words is a beautiful play about identity – national and personal – and language, and the utter indivisibility between the two. In the year that the Commonwealth Games come back to Scotland, the Rep presents a play which re-tells the Scottish emigrant story for our times.
    • Events on July 23, 2014
      South Uist Highland Games
      Starts: 12:00 am
      Ends: July 24, 2014 - 12:00 am
      Location: Askernish Machair
      Description: Traditional day of Highland Games