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 and spray from the sea is blown across the rims -- the causeways are not 100 % safe in such conditions as a sad incident during the January 2005 storms has demonstrated. There is also a small, very picturesque harbour.
Apart from an organic herbal garden also selling some locally produced vegetables (try the excellent potatoes grown in the mineral-rich machair soil), Ludag does not really offer that many services. For that you will have to go to Daliburgh which is 7 miles/12 kms to the north. If you are staying in a b&b, it might not be a bad idea to ask for dinner there as well. Nearest pubs will be the Polochar Inn and of course the famous Am Politician on Eriskay.
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 well as the "Rothan" cycle hire.
Address: Just half a mile off Uist's spinal main road
- Historical Travel
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 what they cost in the local supermarkets in order to prevent serious regrets...
The area around Loch Druidibeg is an important natural reserve. Access is permitted in most places, but some restrictions apply.
- Hiking and Walking
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 machair meadows. At one or two spots, a slightly foul smell was noticeable -- quite possibly the end of a sewer. Nothing really unbearable though. Overall, it's a great walk. Possible also at dusk -- there's all kinds of insects around you but hardly any midges. Reason: midges need acidic ground (peat land) and machair only grows on sandy soil.
Very unfortunately, due to the devastating storms that hit the Uists in early 2005, Rubha Ardvule can no longer be reached by car -- the small dam-like road has been almost completely washed away by the violent waters.
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.
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