South Uist Travel Guide

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South Uist Things to Do

  • Ludag

    Ludag is the southernmost village on South Uist, and this means you get gorgeous views over to the Island of Eriskay and further across the sound to Barra. A recently built causeway links Eriskay and South Uist here. It does not have a sidewalk but is broad enough to make it safe for pedestrians to use. Be very careful though when high winds occur...

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  • Howmore (Tobha Mor)

    Howmore is the nicest village on South Uist, owing to the collection of thatched cottages existing here. One of these cottages houses a popular, yet very basic, hostel. You can walk from here to the beach, even though the devastating storms of January 2005 took a huge bite off it. Howmore has a combined filling station/grocery store/post office as...

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  • The Ponies of Loch Druidibeg

    When on South Uist, don't forget to visit the friendly ponies of Loch Druidibeg -- especially if you have kids (or grown-ups acting that way... :-) All you have to do is stop on the road for a while -- they'll come running to you, of course expecting to be rewarded with a tasty snack -- Before you give all your apples to the ponies, better check...

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  • Go to South Uist's Westernmost Point

    Rubha Ardvule (Rubha Aird a 'Mhuile) is a rocky headland and the most westerly point on the island. A paved track leads up to the very end -- it's almost flat for at least 2 km, so a wonderful hike which also wheelchair users can do. There are great views along the coastline and to the mountains in the east. The track slashes through beautiful...

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  • Evening Light at Rubha Ardvule

    pastel colors prevail at this July evening on South Uist. The picture was taken from the Rubha Ardvule track showing the South Uist coastline and the islands of Eriskay and Barra in the background

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  • Visit the Beaches

    White beaches nearly run the entire western coastline of the island with beautiful machair behind the dunes. There are several places where wheelchair users can at least come close and have a look around.

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South Uist Restaurants

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    by red_death Updated Apr 4, 2011

    We ate there 3 or 4 nights and everything we tried was lovely, not once did we manage to eat a sweet as we were always stuffed after the main course.

    The Steaks were so good, especially washed down with lots of guiness !!!

    Favorite Dish: I cant remember the proper name , but it was chicken breast stuffed with Haggis in a cream and whiskey sauce. Hmmm!!

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South Uist Transportation

  • The Uists Car Hire

    Hi,We spent two weeks in the lovely western isles earlier this summer. We traveled up by bus and as you may have read elsewhere you NEED a car on the islands to get around. The bus services are good but to get to any of the beaches etc a car really is required. We googled a car hire firm called from Laing Motors in Lochboisdale, South Uist. They...

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  • Getting To South Uist

    All the Uists being linked by causeways now, there are several options for reaching South Uist. If you come by car, you will have to take at least one ferry. The main ferry routes are Uig(Skye) to Lochmaddy (North Uist) or Oban - Lochboisdale (South Uist). In the north, a ferry connects North Uist with Leverburgh on Harris. On South Uist's southern...

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  • Bike Rental on South Uist

    South Uist is great for cycling. You don't need to bring your own one -- Rothan Cycles rents them out.Rothan Cycles at 9 Howmore, South Uist (telephone 01870 620 283)

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South Uist Shopping

  • Supermarkets on South Uist

    There's a fairly new Co-op Supermarket in Daliburgh said to be 50% larger than the previous one it replaces. Apart from that one, there's a small shop in Howmore and another larger Co-op in Creagorry which is already on Benbecula.

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  • Tasty Salmon

    One of the best things to buy on South Uist is a package of Salar Salmon. It's available at the factory shop in Lochcarnan as well as a couple of shops throughout South Uist. The company also runs a mail order service. Makes for a great lunch sandwich!

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South Uist Warnings and Dangers

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    by RhineRoll Written Nov 6, 2005

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    This tip pertains especially to visitors who are bringing their own cars to the Uists using the big ferries from Uig or Oban. Be aware of the fact that most visitors will have an itinerary pretty similar to yours and this means you will all be wanting to use the very same ferry sailings! During the holiday season always, always make a reservation. In July, calling in 5 days ahead for the early Saturday sailing might not be early enough!

    If you are mobility impaired and need to get close to the lift with your car, advance reservation is even more necessary. Don't think they'll let you on if you just point out what a poor disabled person you are... it won't work!!!

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South Uist Off The Beaten Path

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    by RhineRoll Updated Oct 28, 2005

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    Few people visit the Uists' Eastern coastline, and there is a very simple reason for that: very few roads leading there. On South Uist, there is a road l to the Lochcarnan area in the very north, and the road bypassing Loch Druidibeg eventually peters out at Loch Skipport. Do visit the Eastern side, the contrast to the flat sandy machair lands in the West couldn't be greater! The coastline is deeply indented by sea lochs, quite many of them are used for salmon farming. From elevated sites, it is possible to get lovely views over to Skye or, as this picture shows, the Island of Rhum.

    Sea Loch on South Uist's eastern side, Rhum on the
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South Uist Favorites

  • Filling up your car

    There's at least one gas (petrol) pump on each island. Filling up your car, however is a painfully costly business out here. Always fill your car up to the max before you make the ferry crossing to South Uist or any other Hebridean Island.Now Malcom (Scotlandscotour) maintains that you SHOULD fill up your car in those communities even though it is...

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  • Wheelchair Access on South Uist

    It's quite possible for wheelchair users to visit South UistDisabled Toilets (list probably not exhaustive):=============-- Lochboisdale Ferry terminal (Large Calmac Ferries to the Uists are fully accessible)-- Kildonan Museum and Community Centre-- Borrodale Pub, DaliburghDisabled Accommodation====================-- Orasay Inn, Lochcarnan -- based...

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