Vacations In South Uist, Scotland

The Isle of South Uist is situated in the group of islands known as the Outer Hebrides (and also the Western Isles of Scotland. The inhabited islands are Isle of Lewis, South Uist, North Uist, Harris, Benbecula, Barra and Eriskay plus several hundred other islands which are uninhabited. In the article below I discuss the Isle of South Uist and explain why the island is such a superb place to take a vacation, plus I suggest some places to stay on South Uist.

The Western Isles are unique, they have totally unique types of flora and fauna in a spectacular environment with some of the most dramatic coastline in the United Kingdom of Great Britain. The culture in the islands is a complex blend of influences from the Norse, Gaelic and Celtic, which could also be said to be unique.

On the island of South Uist, particularly in the west, you will discover the most amazing beaches and a little inland vast areas of land called machair. Machair is unique to this part of the world, it is a kind of immensely fertile, grassland which has masses of wildflowers in spring and summer. Many tourist believe that the beaches found on South Uist are the finest in the country, Britain, and even Europe.

The island is also an incredible venue to enjoy a round of golf. Askernish Golf Course is the oldest course in the Outer Hebrides and it is an Old Tom Morris design (the designer of St Andrews’ Old Course) and countless others in the country. Sadly the golf course was damaged and it requires restoration before it can be once again played upon but you will find many other places to play golf across the islands.

Of course South Uist offers masses of opportunities to enjoy a diverse range of sports. Water sports such as surfing are incredibly popular and virtually everyone can enjoy a little rambling. Other than golf the most popular sport is still fishing though more cyclists appear every year.

Although the island doesn’t feature an impressive amount of galleries and museums it has enough to keep visitors entertained during wet weather. Places such as Kildonan Museum focus upon the islands history and the islands association with Prince Charles Edward Stuart and Flora MacDonald.

Places To Stay On South Uist

Polochar Inn is situated in Lochboisdale in the southerly part of the island. This is a 4 star rated South Uist hotel which looks out over to Eriskay and Barra. All rooms are en-suite and they all feature Wi-Fi.

Self catering on South Uist is superb for small groups and families. 10 Bun A Mhullin is a roomy self catering traditional Hebridean house/cottage on the Isle of Eriskay which is joined to South Uist by a bridge.

If you considering a vacation in the Western Isles please take a look at our listings of South Uist hotel accommodation.