Outer Hebrides | Eriskay & South Uist

South Uist and Eriskay are islands of the Outer Hebrides in Scotland. In South Uist there is a nature reserve and a number of sites of archaeological interest, including the only location in Great Britain where prehistoric mummies have been found. South Uist, in common with the rest of the Hebrides, is one of the last remaining strongholds of the Gaelic language in Scotland. In 2006 South Uist, and neighbouring Benbecula and Eriskay were involved in Scotland’s biggest community land buyout to date.

The east side of South Uist is mountainous, the highest point being Beinn Mhor, with an elevation of 2,034 ft / 620 m. The west is characterised by some of the best beaches anywhere – a long line of sandy stretches backed by dunes and flower-filled machair.

 

Whisky galore

Eriskay is a little island full of history.

Café The Politician on Eriskay opened in 1988. It is named after a ship that sank off nearby Calvay Island in 1941. Among it cargo were 20,000 cases of whisky. Many of these were ‘rescued’ by the folk of Eriskay and the story has been told in Sir Compton Mackenzie’s Whisky Galore.

 

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On the boat from Barra to South Uist.

 

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The causeway between Eriskay and South Uist.

 

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The glorious stretch of shell-sand named Prince Charlie’s Bay. Here, in 1745, Bonnie Prince Charlie landed from France in his attempt to gather clans for his rebellion. Three quarters of the way along the sands there is a stone cairn marking the spot.

 

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Ormiclate Castle, built in 1701 by French masons and overseen by a French architect, took 7 years to construct. It was built for the French wife of Allan, the ClanRanald chief and occupied for 7 years. It accidentally burned down in 1715, on the eve of the battle of Sherriff Muir, where the chief was fatally wounded.

 

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Tobha Mor Chapel.

 

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South Uist’s central mountainous area has two handsome large peaks, Beinn Mhor (2034 ft / 620 m) and Hecla (1990 ft / 606 m).

 

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More info

South Uist

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

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

www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/southuist/southuist

www.scotland-info.co.uk/south-uist.htm

www.visitouterhebrides.co.uk/our-islands/isles-of-south-uist-and-eriskay

Eriskay

www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/eriskay/eriskay

www.visitouterhebrides.co.uk/our-islands/isles-of-south-uist-and-eriskay/eriskay