Outer Hebrides | Benbecula, Berneray, Grimsay & North Uist

The Hebrides are a vast patchwork of islands big and small. In this post, I cover another four.

 

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Just four miles long and two miles wide and surrounded by clearing shallow waters and shifting white sands Grimsay was connected to neighbouring North Uist and Benbecula in 1960 with the opening of the North Ford Causeway.

 

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Much like many of the islands in the Outer Hebridean archipelago, the East Side of Benbecula is littered with lochs and lochans.

 

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Pobull Fhinn stone circle. The stones were probably named after the legendary Gaelic hero Fionn mac Cumhaill known in English as Finn or Fingal. The present title may constitute a modern rationalisation of a word now obsolete in colloquial Scottish Gaelic: “Pùball Fhìnn” (Fionn’s tent) was a common phrase in the ancient Fenian cycle of Gaelic lore and indicated his nomadic residence.

 

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Scolpaig Tower is a Georgian folly located near the village of Scolpaig. The name probably derives from the Old Norse scolpvik, or ‘Scolp Bay’ (a scolp being a large Hebridean vessel, probably relating to the nearby bay where such boats may have landed. It was built in about 1830 by Dr Alexander MacLeod, who was the factor of the North Uist estate.

 

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Grenitote Headland walk.

 

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Seals on Berneray.

 

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Lobster cages on Berneray.

 

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The Hebridean Smokehouse in Clachan, North Uist.

 

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Art project in North Uist.

 

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Peat stacks.

 

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Bharpa Langass is a chambered cairn on the Isle of North Uist. It measures about 72 feet in diameter by 18 feet in height, and it is attributable to the Neolithic age. Although the structure has partially collapsed, it is still possible to enter one chamber.

 

More info

North Uist

www.visitouterhebrides.co.uk/our-islands/isles-of-north-uist-berneray-and-grimsay

www.isle-of-north-uist.co.uk

www.visitscotland.com/info/towns-villages/north-uist

www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/areawestsouth

Benbecula

www.visitouterhebrides.co.uk/our-islands/isle-of-benbecula/benbecula-east

www.visitouterhebrides.co.uk/our-islands/isle-of-benbecula/benbecula-west

www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/benbecula

Berneray

www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/berneray

www.visitouterhebrides.co.uk/our-islands/isles-of-north-uist-berneray-and-grimsay/berneray

Grimsay

www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/grimsay/grimsay

www.visitouterhebrides.co.uk/our-islands/isles-of-north-uist-berneray-and-grimsay/grimsay