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North Uist is a stunning blend of beaches, machair lands and freshwater lochs interrupted by rolling dark moorland hills. The island measures some 18 miles from east to west by 12 miles from north to south and it takes roughly 45 minutes to travel round the island.


North Uist offers activities for the active and passive holidaymaker.  Paddle boarding, canoeing, windsurfing and many more water sports can be things to consider while visiting Uist and surrounding islands. If you prefer a more relaxing holiday you can enjoy the wonderful unspoilt scenery of North Uist with its magnificent range of bird life.  Visit the Balranald Nature Reserve on the west side of the island where you may be able to see birds such as the Corncrake, Curlew, Elder Ducks, Gannets, Whopper, Mute Swans or Greylag Geese and on the hills of North Uist you may even spot the Golden Eagle or White Tailed Eagle.


There is a resident herd of deer on North Uist.  Seals are common and Otters can often be seen.  On a nice clear day you can see the islands of St Kilda from the West Coast of Uist.  North Uist has a vast number of Trout and Salmon lochs where you can fish on a daily or weekly permit which can be purchased from the North Uist Estate Office in Lochmaddy or telephone 01876500329. Boat hire can also be arranged for most of the lochs.

Outdoor Bookable Activities

We are very lucky to have some great activities so close,
be sure to book ahead as they all get very busy in peak season!

Uist Community Riding School

Explore the beaches on horse back, with the Uist Community Riding School you can spend time with the horses on the ground or head to beach!


Looking to explore a bit further, book a trip from Uist with either Uist Sea Tours or Lady Anne Wildlife Cruises and experience a trip to Mingulay, St Kilda or Monach Isles


Bike hire services right here in Uist, they can drop off the bikes ready for you to go exploring. Get in touch with them direct

Lasgair Bike Hire

Bike Uist

Askernish Golf by Carla Regler Photography featuring Ron Mackinnon

Ready to enjoy one of the best golf courses of the Hebrides?

Located in South Uist, Askernish Golf Course will test your skills!

There are many more places throughout the islands to visit - Visit Outer Hebrides for further information


The grocery shop, petrol pumps, souvenir and craft shops are situated within a ¼ mile of the property. 

The Co-op at Sollas (9 miles) is well stocked and has off licence facilities.  The Hebridean Smokehouse offers excellent smoked salmon, scallops, etc and is situated at Clachan (8 miles).  All North Uist shops are closed on Sundays.



  • Lochmaddy Hotel is a 5 minute walk from the cottage and the Hotel has a friendly atmosphere and provides a good selection of Bar Meals for either lunchtime or in the Evenings. For more information telephone 01876500331 or visit their website

  • Hamersay House Hotel is also a 5 minute walk from the cottage and is open to non-residents.  The hotel has a bar lounge and dining room where you can enjoy a relaxing meal. To contact them at Hamersay House Hotel call 01876500700 or

  • Langass Lodge Hotel is 6 miles from Lochmaddy and specializes in locally caught Fish and Seafood.  Booking is advisable especially in the Summer months.  Contact telephone is 01876580285 or



Opened in 1995, Taigh Chearsabhagh Arts Centre is situated across the road from the Lochmaddy Hotel.  It is a 200 year old hotel that was converted into a Museum, Art Exhibition Centre, it also boasts a well-stocked Gift shop and Café.  Check out their website for event and exhibitions –
Opening hours are
Monday – Saturday 10 – 5pm.
The Post Office is also situated within the building and is open
Monday – Friday 10 – 5pm,
Saturday 10 – 2pm.

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