Isles of South Uist and Eriskay
If you are looking for a real walk on the wild side here in the Outer Hebrides, then don’t miss South Uist and Eriskay.
Experience some of the best that the islands’ outdoors has to offer at Loch Druidibeg on the West Side of South Uist. Here fans of horticulture can explore the abundance of plant life, while ornithologists can find ample opportunities for birdwatching, with chances to spot species such as redshank, dunlin, lapwing and greylag geese.
Explore the heights of the Hebrides on South Uists East Side, where hillwalking opportunities include the peaks of Hecla, Beinn Mhor, Beinn Corradale and Ben Kenneth, with gentler trails available at ground level for those wishing to explore without the exertion!
Follow in the footsteps of South Uist’s first settlers with a trip to the island’s South End, where Hebridean hospitality awaits on the shores that welcomed early incomers to the area, or cross to the connected Isle of Eriskay to learn more about these island people’s audacious endeavours.
Taste the spirit that convinced the islanders of Eriskay to carry out a daring salvage mission which in turn inspired the world famous story of Whisky Galore with a visit to the Am Politician Bar, where a bottle of the ‘water of life; brought ashore when the ship carrying it sank sparking a fevered frenzy amongst the islanders is still on display behind the bar and listen to the songs of the past on this island which inspired its own traditional “Love Lilt”.
Hear too, the echoes of Hebridean history while you walk the white sands of Coileag a’ Phrionnsa (The Princes Strand) where Bonnie Prince Charlie first set foot on Scottish land.
South Uist and Eriskay offer perfect examples of the untameable nature of these island’s inhabitants and environment, making it a great place to experience wild Outer Hebridean adventure.
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