Visit and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Isle of North Uist, Na h-Eileanan Siar (Western Isles), is one of the Outer Hebrides. Though now connected with South Uist via Benbecula by a causeway opened in 1961, and though still separated from Harris by a fair stretch of sea, North Uist is the beginning of the Northern Outer Hebrides. It has much more kinship with Harris than with South Uist. Its population, displaying, as everywhere in the Outer Hebrides, the native courtesy and charm, is more strongly impregnated with Norse blood than the southern islands of the “Long Island”. In North Uist all the inhabitants are Protestant, in Benbecula, to the South, half the population is Protestant and half is Catholic. In South Uist, and farther South at Eriskay and Barra, nearly everyone is Catholic.
North Uist, like Benbecula, is studded with lochs and lochans, giving the impression that it contains almost more fresh water than land. But it is not nearly as flat as Benbecula, and it has three sizeable hills that, viewed from the South, appear mountainous. Eaval (1,138 ft) is the highest, but South Lee (920 ft), just South of Lochmaddy, gives a fine prospect of the loch-filled West of the island.
North Uist has many standing stones, stone circles (more the equal of those at Callernish on Lewis), and chambered cairns. Along its attractive West coast are pleasing thatched houses of the blackhouse type, but conforming to this age in having chimneys. The now ruined Teampull na Trionaid, or Church of the Holy Trinity, dates from the 14th century and stands on a small eminence by Carinish.
The angling on North Uist is particularly good, offering excellent sport with salmon as well as notable brown and sea-trout. In this it is the superior of the southern Outer Hebrides, where salmon are rarely found.
Nearby islands: Boreray, Flodday, Isle of Benbecula, Isle of Harris, Isle of South Uist
Nearby towns: Tarbert
Nearby villages: Leverburgh
Have you decided to visit or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a bed and breakfast (a B&B or b and b)
- a guesthouse
- a hotel (or motel)
- a self-catering establishment, or
- other accommodation