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Uig (Scottish Gaelic: Ùige) is a village in the north of Skye. Most travellers regard the village as a stopover for the ferries to and from the Outer 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[edit]

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

By bus[edit]

Buses 57C (clockwise around the Flodigarry Peninsula) & 57A (anti-clockwise), operated by Stagecoach, connect Uig with Portree and Staffin.

A long distance Citylink coach runs from Glasgow to Uig via Fort William and Kyle of Lochalsh up to twice daily. It is timed to connect with the ferry.

By boat[edit]

CalMac [1] run to and from Tarbert 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[edit]

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[edit][add listing]

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.

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Buy[edit][add listing]

There is one locally owned mini-supermarket with a post office located in the middle of the village at the end of Uig Bay. 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[edit]

The Pub by the Pier is right by the ferry terminal. The Ferry Inn has a refurbished stylish bar and restaurant which is open daily in the summer for Lunch & Dinner. Similarly for Uig hotel which has a great atmosphere as well as excellent food which situatues 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[edit][add listing]

  • Uig Hotel
  • The Cowshed Boutique Bunkhouse 07917 536 820. Replaced the SYHA hostel in 2015.
  • 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[edit]

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