North and South Uist are both situated to the West of the Isle of Skye, between Harris to the North and Benbecula to the South. North Uist in the Outer Hebrides is a little smaller than its South Uist namesake.
What’s North Uist Like?
Connected to Berneray, Benbecula and the island of Baleshare by causeways, North Uist doesn’t feel isolated or remote. Its landscape is predominantly flat and covered by many lochs so is a perfect location for walking but also fishing and other wetland pursuits. Lochmaddy is North Uist’s main village and is also the fishing and ferry port.
Features of North Uist
The island is unusual as most of it is covered with fresh water lochs but also there are quite a few sea lochs, giving it what is often referred to as a ‘drowned landscape’. This, combined with the mud flats, sandy beaches and machairs on its coastline means that it is ideal for wildlife watching as the island combines so many varied habitats within its coastal borders. Seals breed on the Monach Islands just off the West coast and the RSPB reserve at Balranald is a wonderful place for spotting coastal wading and diving birds. For those visitors with a more historical bent, there are also many archaeological sites on North Uist, notably the Pobull Fhinn stone circle and Barpa Langass (a well preserved Neolithic chambered cairn). Lovers of ruined churches will enjoy a visit to Teampull na Trionaid, a medieval church in Carinish.
The Northern beaches are very popular with walkers, cyclists, anglers, kayakers and sailors.
Other places of interest include the Taigh Chearsabhagh museum and arts centre at Lochmaddy, and the Uist Outdoor Centre.
How to get to North Uist
Regular ferries run between Lochmaddy and Uig on Skye. The many causeways from North Uist increase the number of ferry services available to visitors – for example, the services to Harris. The circular road around the island ensures that the entire island is equally accessible.
Where to stay on North Uist
Our delightful properties on North Uist will ensure that the bird watcher, walker and lover of stunning scenery can go back to their holiday home at the end of the day and totally relax. North Uist and its neighbouring islands offer largely self-catering holiday cottages, hotels or bed and breakfasts, set within incredible landscapes. Whether choosing a property at the harbour side or inland, North Uist and Hebrides in general are wonderful locations from which to escape everyday life.