South Uist is the second largest island in the Scottish Outer Hebrides, characterised by dramatic mountains in the east and sandy beaches to the west.
Thanks to its beautiful and diverse landscape, South Uist lures a variety of visitors, ranging from beach bums and families to skilled hikers and mountain cyclists.
The island’s highest point, Beinn Mhor, reaches 2,034 ft and offers unbeatable views over land and sea. The walk itself is challenging but extremely rewarding, so it should only be undertaken by confident climbers.
The almost unbroken beach along the western shoreline provides some lovely walks too, offering the chance to spot some local seals basking in the sunshine and to explore some of the gorgeous inlets and bays.
Interestingly, South Uist is home to the oldest golf course in the Outer Hebrides and was voted ‘the most natural in the world’ by environmental experts in 2011. It was created by Tom Morris, one of the world’s finest course designers of the 19th Century.
The island is also a place of great archaeological interest. The most noteworthy discoveries are the only prehistoric mummies to be found in Britain, which were uncovered in 2001 at the Cladh Hallan Roundhouses.
The ruinous 18th Century Ormacleit Castle is famed for being one of the shortest-lived in the country, with an accidental fire burning it down just seven years after its construction.
On the south coast, you will find an extraordinary standing stone dating from the third millennium, so there’s plenty to see on this fascinating island.
You can sail to Lochboisdale on South Uist from Castlebay, Isle of Barra and from Oban on the mainland, with crossings available almost every day.