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Uig ferry terminal from across the bay
Uig village showing the Ferry Inn and one of the two village churches


Uig is a village in the north of Skye. It is mostly used as a stopover for the ferries to and from the Hebrides. It is a long thin village clinging to the side of an amphitheatre of low hills around Uig bay. Rarely a destination in itself to travellers, most visitors just pass through it on their way across the sea to North Uist or Harris.

Get in

By bus

Buses 57C (clockwise around the Flodigarry Peninsula) & 57A (anti-clockwise) connect Uig with Portree. A daily long distance Citylink coach runs from Glasgow to Uig via Fort William and Kyle of Lochalsh. It is timed to connect with the ferry.

By boat

CalMac [1] run to and from Tarbert (Harris) on Harris and Lochmaddy on North Uist once to twice daily. A free minibus operated by Uig Taxis operates up and down the pier from the ferry terminal at ferry times.

Get around

Uig's shape makes it a long walk from one end to the other. From the Youth Hostel at the southern end of the village to the ferry terminal at the other end is about 1.5 miles. On a nice day it's a pleasant 20-30 minute walk.

See

There isn't much to see in Uig itself but there a few nice walks up to waterfalls from the middle of the village near the Ferry Inn. Any walking involving a climb will be rewarded with a view across the bay. Uig bay is very pretty at sea level and it gets even prettier from a height.

Do

Buy

There is one mini-supermarket with a post office at the end of Uig bay in the middle of the village. Prices on Scottish islands are generally slightly higher than elsewhere so expect the same in this case. There are a few other small shops and souvenir shops by the pier although these seem to be seasonal in their business. Off licence sales are available from the bar of the Ferry Inn and from the garage by the pier.

Eat & Drink

The Pub by the Pier is right by the ferry terminal. Not a great atmosphere and doesn't do food off-season. Ferry Inn has a bar and restaurant which is open all year. Similarly for Uig hotel at the top of the hill, a mile or so round the bay from the ferry terminal. In the summer, there are cafes open near the ferry terminal and the Isle of Skye Brewery sells its own local beer.

Sleep

  • Uig Youth Hostel 01470 542211 [2]. An attractive white building on the hill above the town.
  • Uig Hotel 01470 542281
  • Ferry Inn 01478 611216
  • Uig campsite 01470 542714. 100 yards from the ferry terminal on a slight incline but with views over the sea. Be prepared for midges in the summer!

There are also a number of private B&Bs.

Get out

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