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North Uist

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North Uist

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North Uist is an island in the Outer Hebrides.

Get in

By boat

  • Caledonian MacBrayne, [1]. Citylink coaches generally connect with the ferries on the mainland.

Uig on Skye to Lochmaddy on North Uist Mon-Sun 1 or 2 per day taking 1 hour 45 minutes.

Oban to Lochboisdale on South Uist 4 per week, taking 5+ hours.

Berneray to Leverburgh on Harris Daily 3-4 per day, taking 1 hour. Berneray is connected to North Uist by a causeway.

By air

In the Outer Hebrides, there are airports in Stornoway in Lewis, Benbecula and Barra. These airports provide direct flights to Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness. The nearest to North Uist is Benbecula


North Uist is linked by causeway to Benbecula to the South and Berneray to the North.

By Bus

Buses link North Uist with Benbecula, and Berneray. 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.

Get around

By Bus

There are good bus services during the day Mon - Sat, but little in the evening and no buses on a Sunday.


  • There are many fine sandy beaches, mainly on the Western shore of North Uist.
  • Balranald RSPB reserve [2].
  • Taigh Chearsabhagh [3] in Lochmaddy. This is 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.



  • Co-op at Sollas [4], open Mon-Sat 8.30-18.00.
  • Grocer in Lochmaddy


For evening meals see the Hotels section. There is a cafe in Taigh Chearsabhagh in Lochmaddy.


  • Lochmaddy Hotel



  • There is a Gatliff hostel on nearby Berneray.
  • Uist Outdoor Centre in Lochmaddy[5].

Bed and Breakfasts

Some can be found on the tourist board website [6], but many are no longer listed due to the changes and "hassle".

Self Catering

Renting a house for a week or more is a popular option. Such places are generally let from Saturday to Saturday. Some of these can be found on the tourist board website [7].


  • Tigh Dearg Hotel, Lochmaddy [8] 01876 500700 A new hotel (opened in 2005) located about 15 minutes walk from the ferry.
  • Lochmaddy Hotel [9] Tel: 01876 500331 An established hotel next the ferry terminal.
  • Langass Lodge, Locheport [10] 01876 580285
  • Carinish Inn, Carinish [11] 01876 580673
  • Temple View Hotel, Carinish [12] 01876 580676

Get out

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