South Uist, A Wildlife Wonderland in the Outer Hebrides

South Uist is said to be a wildlife wonderland, archeologist’s paradise and historian’s dream. It is the birthplace of Flora MacDonald, it boasts over 20 miles of white sand beaches and is home to the Loch Druidibeg Nature Reserve, which supports a large colony of greylag geese and hundreds of different plant species.

The island lies between Benbecula and Barra. The east side is mountainous, with the highest point, Beinn Mhor, standing at 620 metres (2034 feet) tall, while the west is characterised by a long line of white-sand beaches. The island is also home to the oldest golf course in the Outer Hebrides, known as the ‘Lost Golf Course’, at Askernish. The main settlement and port is Lochboisdale on the east coast.

There are many sites of archeological interest on South Uist, including Neolithic tombs, settlement sites, Iron Age duns, wheelhouses, ruined castles and Bronze Age houses and graves.

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SOURCES:

  • The Outer Hebrides Guide Book Third Edition by Charles Tail
  • Explore: The Outer Hebrides 2015-2016
  • https://www.visitscotland.com/info/towns-villages/south-uist-p238801
  • http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/outer-hebrides/south-uist.shtml

South Uist, A Wildlife Wonderland in the Outer Hebrides

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