North Uist | Sam Bilner

Island intro

North Uist’s landscape is characterised by a rich landscape of tidal strands, lochans, bogs, hills, beaches and flower-rich machair, whilst its communities have been shaped by the rich Gaelic culture and language.

Ask an Islander

Islander Simon Morgan shares his favourite things about living in North Uist, starting with why he loves living on his island home most. “One of the best things about island life is the sense of community here. People look out for each other and show a warmth to strangers, unlike anywhere else that I’ve ever lived before. That, and the beaches, obviously…”

Simon says that winter in North Uist is quite an adventure: “The winter weather is wild, with the wind regularly over 60mph. Being inside with a fire and a hot drink while you hear the storms outside is a really incredible experience. The long dark evenings are perfect for watching the Northern Lights too!”

For anyone who fancies a dram whilst visiting, North Uist Distillery is the place to visit. “Having only been open for a year, North Uist Distillery are already a firm favourite for gin lovers! Owners, Kate and Jonny make all the gin themselves and in late summer are often found handpicking heather flowers for distilling.”

Gaelic / Gàidhlig

The Gaelic name for North Uist is Uibhist a Tuath.

A person from Uist is known as an Uibhisteach in Gaelic.

Getting Here

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.

Explore More

Want to find out more about North Uist and explore more of our amazing islands?

Download the free Scottish Islands Passport app to:

  • discover your perfect island match,
  • find out about the experiences each island has to offer,
  • collect passport stamps for the islands you visit,
  • find information on accommodation, travel and island amenities.

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.