North Uist | Sam Bilner

About

North Uist's landscape is characterised by a rich landscape of tidal strands, lochans, bogs, hills, beaches and flowery machair, whilst its communities have been shaped by Gaelic culture and language, which is still very much a part of daily life. The island's fascinating history spans the Neolithic, Viking, and Clearances periods, through to the modern day North Uist Trust estate owned by the 5th Earl Granville. The island has unique wildlife and is protected by its status as a Special Area of Conservation, Special Protection Area, Ramsar site and National Scenic Area.

Famous For

  • Hercules the bear was a star of adverts, wrestling and the Bond film Octopussy. He went on the run for 3 weeks whilst filming a Kleenex advert in Benbecula, and was eventually caught in North Uist. The ashes of Andy Robin, his owner, friend and wrestling partner, are buried next to him. There is a trail and statue in Langass Woods dedicated to Hercules.

  • The island waters are home to rare forms of marine three-spined stickleback fish, which have diversified since their arrival after the last glaciation. The Queen Charlotte Islands off the west coast of Canada are the only other area in the world known to have a similar diversity of sticklebacks.

  • Donald Macdonald (1825–1901), a founding minister of the Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland, was born at Langass on North Uist.

Ask an Islander

  • Be sure to visit the Udal Peninsula, with its series of white sandy bays. Go in April or May to see the stunning carpet of primroses.

  • Check out the award-winning smoked salmon, sea trout and shellfish at the Hebridean Smokehouse in Clachan. Local fish and shellfish are prepared for smoking entirely by hand before being smoked over locally cut peat.

  • Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum & Arts Centre is a hub for the arts and heritage of the island, reflecting the Gaelic community, language and culture at the heart of the island.

Accommodation

Check out the following accommodation listings to book your stay.

Visit Scotland accommodation guide

Explore North Uist - accommodation

More Information

You can find some additional information about North Uist at the links below

North Uist

Visit Outer Hebrides

COVID-19

Please check the latest rules on travelling to and around the Scottish islands on the Scottish Government website, including guidance on testing before you travel. Please note that advice may vary depending on the specific island you are visiting.

Getting here

Covid-19

Please check the latest rules on travelling to and around the Scottish islands on the Scottish Government website, including guidance on testing before you travel. Please note that advice may vary depending on the specific island you are visiting.


CalMac Ferries runs regular sailings between Lochmaddy on North Uist and Uig in Skye. Skye is accessible via road/public transport.

North Uist is connected via causeways to Benbecula, with flight connections to the mainland and Stornoway, and to South Uist, which is also served by a mainland ferry.

Find out more about getting to Benbecula.

Get Your Passport

You can find lots more information about things to see and do on the island, see some amazing island photography and collect your island stamp by downloading our app.

Download the app

App in phone

Download the Scottish Island Passport app to collect your island stamps! The app also provides lots more information on each island including recommendations from locals about things to see and do, info on how to get around, more stunning photos and useful offline maps.

  • Unlock Stamps - Collect them all! Stamp your passport when you visit each island - with an individual stamp designed to represent a unique aspect of island heritage.
  • Experiences - Discover the best experiences each island has to offer – from local boat trips to exciting traditional festivals, there is something for everyone.
  • Maps - Navigate the islands with useful offline maps, handy for areas where internet connectivity is weak.
  • Travel Jounals - Create an in-location travel journal with pictures from your island adventures, to look back on your trip.
  • Favourites - keep track of your most loved islands with the favourites feature. Available to access from your account on both the app and web.