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Lochmaddy (Scottish Gaelic: Loch nam Madadh) is a village on the island of North Uist. It is the main port of entry to the island, having a ferry terminal with daily ferries from Skye.

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Lochmaddy viewed from the south

By boat[edit]

Caledonian MacBrayne [1] operate from Uig on Skye to Lochmaddy daily. There are 1 to 2 ferries per day, taking 1 hour 45 minutes. Citylink [2] coaches from Glasgow via Fort William generally connect with the ferries on Skye.

By air[edit]

In the Outer Hebrides, there are airports in Stornoway (Isle of Lewis), Benbecula and Barra. These airports provide direct flights to Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness. The nearest to Lochmaddy is Benbecula.

By bus[edit]

Buses link North Uist with Berneray, Benbecula, South Uist and Eriskay. As part of the Western Isles Overland Route combination of bus and ferry, you can travel in under a day from Stornoway or Castlebay on Barra [3].

Get around[edit]

You can explore the village on foot, although it is a fairly scattered settlement and often a direct route from A to B is not possible because of the coastline.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Taigh Chearsabhagh [4] - an art centre with a museum and gallery, a cafe and a shop. Also worth seeing are the outdoor sculptures (ask inside for the guide leaflet).
  • The coastline around Lochmaddy and the road to Loch Portain is remarkable for the number of little sea lochans.

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Buy[edit][add listing]

Lochmaddy has a local shop/petrol station and a Bank of Scotland. In addition, Taigh Chearsabhagh sells books and souvenirs.

Eat[edit][add listing]

There is a cafe in Taigh Chearsabhagh.

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Lochmaddy Hotel

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Bed and Breakfasts[edit]

Some can be found on the tourist board website [5], but many are no longer listed due to the changes and "hassle".

  • The Old Courthouse Lochmaddy HS6 5AE +44 1876 500 358 Bed and Breakfast from 25 - 30 pounds per person per night. Around 15 minutes walk from the ferry.


  • Lochmaddy Hotel [6] Tel: 01876 500331. An established hotel next the ferry terminal.
  • Hamersay House, Lochmaddy [7] 01876 500700. Previously called the Tigh Dearg Hotel, located about 15 minutes walk from the ferry.


In summer, the Tourist Information Office [8] is near the pier and is usually open for ferry arrivals.

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