Uist is a birdwatchers paradise. You can stroll along the white sandy beaches teeming with oystercatchers, plovers, and redshanks. Watch them competing for their own space. In contrast, the eastern side of the island is more tranquil and you may be fortunate enough to spot an otter.
The abundant lochs will entice the keenest of fishermen and the active walker can ‘step a gailey’ over a landscape older than time itself.
Whatever you do, Uist has an abundance of beautiful and breathtaking scenery for you to admire – making the place a photographers dream. From the carpet of summer flowers to the peaceful autumn reflections – Uist is full of surprises.
Places of Interest
Askernish Golf Course
Askernish Golf Course was laid out in 1891 by Tom Morris. Having recently been restored it is now recognised as
the most natural links course in the world.
It might surprise you to know that the Cladh Hallan Roundhouses were the only site in Britain that archeologist found Mummies as old as those in Egypt. Four bodies were discovered including that of a small child. Have a look at the reports below from Sheffield University and the BBC article, so when you visit the site you will have a whole new perspective on Cladh Hallan and its Mummies.
Walkers take a look at –
Loch Druidibeg National Nature Reserve
Loch Druidibeg National Nature Reserve where golden eagles fly and red grouse and plover are common. You can
also see a variety of other birds including redshank, ringed plover, and dunlin. Botanists might be interested in
knowing there are also over 200 unique varieties of flowering plants, some of which are rarely seen elsewhere in
Kildonan Museum and Crafts –
The Kildonan Centre in South Uist is a heritage and cultural amenity which includes a museum, a craft shop, a Fèis
room for ceilidhs, music and dance, a cafe and an archaeology room where finds can be cleaned and examined by
visiting archaeology groups.
Flora MacDonald’s Monument
There must be few who haven’t heard of the ill-fated Bonnie Prince Charlie and his escape to France. While British
government troops were searching for him, he sought refuge in Uist. His supporters wanted to smuggle him from
Uist to Skye, and then onto a boat to France. Flora agreed to help them.
Ceolas; Site full of music, song, and dance in the Gaelic community of South Uist.
Ormacleit Castle is a ruined mansion house of the early 18th century. The building is unfortified and consists of a
two-storey house with an attic, T-shaped in plan. The masonry is harled rubble, with freestone dressings. The
gables are steeply pitched. The upper windows have splayed jambs and lintels with slightly curved soffits. The
position of the entrance is represented by a wide gap in the north wall, above which is an armorial panel.
The Castle is derelict and unmaintained so great care must be taken by visitors.
The Statue of Our Lady of the Isles
Our Lady of the Isles is a sculpture of the Virgin Mary.
The statue is situated on the western slopes of Ruabhal, a hill near the northern end of South Uist. It is to the east
of the A865 road, and a paved path runs from the road to the statue.
The statue was commissioned following proposals from the Ministry of Defence for a large missile testing range.
This would have covered much of Uist, and involved the construction of a military town as well as facilities for building
missiles. This caused concern it would destroy much of the island’s way of life, culture and language. Resistance
to the proposals was led by Canon John Morrison, the local parish priest. He commissioned and raised funds for
the construction of the statue. The statue was completed in 1957 and dedicated in 1958.
The statue was designed by Hew Lorimer and sculpted from granite.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
The Isle of Eriskay
Eriskay lies to the South of South Uist and is connected to the isles by a causeway. The island is well known for its
ponies, also the salvaging of whisky from the wreck of the Politician. The story was adapted into the famous film Whisky
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