South Uist | Colin Nutt

About

From prehistoric mummies through to today's strong living traditions of the island's Gaelic-speaking community, South Uist's rich heritage and culture is evident across the island. Explore the two very different coastlines of this long, narrow isle. Both the sweeping beaches and machair of the west coast and the mountainous, rocky east have their own special beauty and wildlife habitats. Check out Salar Smoked Salmon for a taste of the island, or cast your own line over one of the hundreds of lochs.

Famous For

  • The only prehistoric mummies ever found in the British Isles were discovered at Cladh Hallan on South Uist.

  • Askernish Golf Course is credited as one of the top courses to play in the world. An Old Tom Morris course, it balances both history and stunning views across the Atlantic Ocean.

  • South Uist has one of the most extensive machair systems in Scotland, with over 200 species of flowering plants.

Ask an Islander

  • Gaelic is widely spoken in South Uist, with the middle district being credited as the strongest Gaelic-speaking community in the world. You can easily hear it being spoken by locals in the shops, pubs and restaurants, and at the many ceilidhs and events through the island.

  • Loch Skipport is home to some very friendly, free-roaming Shetland Ponies. They have been known to join in with selfies when treated to some carrots or apples.

  • Beinn Kenneth hosts a small cave in which Bonnie Prince Charlie hid for some time when he fled to the Outer Hebrides. Follow the path from Lasgair in Lochboisdale to find your way up the hill.

Accommodation

Check out the following accommodation listings to book your stay.

Visit Scotland accommodation guide

Explore South Uist - accommodation

More Information

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

South 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 Lochboisdale on South Uist and Mallaig on the mainland, as well as winter sailings between Lochboisdale and Oban.

A series of causeways connects South Uist to Benbecula, which is served by flights to the mainland, and on to North Uist, with ferry connections to the mainland and Harris.

Find out more about getting to Benbecula.
Find out more about getting to North Uist.

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.