Plenty to see & do...
North and South Uist have spectacular walking whether it is on the beaches which go on for mile after mile around headlands or on the machair which fringes the beaches. There are walks over hillside and mountains where you will get views over the lochs and sea which are awe inspiring.
Fishing and Shooting
North Uist has plentiful Salmon and Sea Trout fishing from May to October that is accessible through the North Uist Estate (the house is within the estate fisheries) who have their 700 fishable lochs. Wild Brown Trout are fantastic sport and in huge numbers and very few people to catch them. The North Uist Estate has Wild Fowl and Deer stalking available. Ghillies are available for fishing at around £70 per day. There is also good fishing in South Uist and Benbecula. For more information visit the Fish Hebrides website
There are so many wonderful beaches nearby we have described how to get to them within the house information pack . We have included two of our favourites on this page. Kite Surfing and Wind surfing are world class from the beaches I am told, but apart from the occasional kayak we have not seen any activity on the beaches we have visited.
The Outdoor Centre
Based at Lochmaddy just over 10 minutes drive is the Uist Outdoor Centre. From there you can Kayak in the sea and lochs –Rock Climb and Abseil- Take the fastest boat to the world heritage site to St Kilda (90 minutes) and explore the Island or even Scuba Dive. The outdoor centre have nature walks to see otters,deer,eagles,seals.
Uist has a very large number of historical sites that unlike mainland Uk you can walk up to and let your imagination take over.
Nearby is the Neolithic Burial Tomb at Bharpa and the Stone Circle at Pobull Phinn is just past the Langass Lodge meandering up a gentle hill with great views of North Uist and Benbecula. This is the path that The RSB use for nature walks to see Otters and Seals on Loch Langass. There is an Art Gallery and Museum in Lochmaddy which also serves great cakes and lunchtime snacks.
The whole Island seems like a nature reserve with opportunities to see Corncrakes Sea Eagles Golden Eagles Hen Harriers Short Eared Owls. The Nature Reserve and visitor centre at Balranald 15 minutes away has really good walks and the opportunity to see fauna and flora that typifies the North Uist . You will see Hinds and Stags as you travel around the Island and every day something new will catch your attention. Otters visit the shore line in front of the house most days!
In spring and early summer the Machair will come alive with an array of colour from the wild flowers that appear every year. Walking through the Machair in spring and seeing the sea through white cliffs of sand is unique to North Uist.
There is a course at Benbecula and another in South Uist which Tom Morris designed
ST KILDA can be reached from a fast rib from the Outdoor Centre in Lochmaddy or a day trip from St Kilda Cruises or Sea Harris which go from Leverburgh --- both will deliver you back to Berneray on the way back from St Kilda by arrangement--- we went and it was a fantastic trip