Our Lady of the Isles

West Gerinish, Isle Of South Uist, Outer Hebrides, HS8 5RW

Type:Monuments & Ruins

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Our Lady of the Isles (Bana Thighearna nan Eilean) was commissioned shortly after the Ministry of Defense proposed a missile testing range be constructed. This caused concern it would destroy much of the island's way of life, culture and language. Resistance to the proposals was led by Canon John Morrison, the local parish priest The statue was intended to be both an expression of the devotion of the people of South Uist to the Blessed Virgin Mary but was also intended to be a public and permanent reminder to 'strangers' that they were entering a 'different' world. People of all denominations supported the project through fundraising and the giving of their labour to construct the road and the foundations for the forty ton statue.

The satue is situated on the west side of Reuval and can be accessed vis a pathway from the main road. There is a stunning view from the statue as you look north to Benbecula and North Uist and southwards to South Uist. 

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What's Nearby

  1. Loch Bee is a very large brackish loch which stretches from the west side of South Uist…

    1.08 miles away
  2. Loch Druidibeag is a National Nature Reserve where colourful grassland on the coast…

    1.38 miles away
  3. Along the west coast of South Uist is an approx. 20 mile strip of stunning white beach…

    1.52 miles away
  1. Along the west coast of South Uist is an approx. 20 mile strip of stunning white beach…

    1.91 miles away
  2. Along the west coast of South Uist is an approx. 20 mile strip of stunning white beach…

    2.54 miles away
  3. Caisteal Bheagram is a ruin of a 15th/16th Century tower,

    2.54 miles away
  4. Tobha Mòr has been an important ecclesiastical centre since early medieval times.

    3.06 miles away
  5. Along the west coast of South Uist is an approx. 20 mile strip of stunning white beach…

    3.28 miles away
  6. Along the west coast of South Uist is an approx. 20 mile strip of stunning white beach…

    3.66 miles away
  7. Along the west coast of South Uist is an approx. 20 mile strip of stunning white beach…

    4.96 miles away
  8. Liniclate beach is a stunning white sandy beach and can be accessed from the village of…

    5.34 miles away
  9. An Carra Standing Stone is one of the tallest standing stone in the Southern Isles at…

    5.51 miles away
  10. Museum nan Eilean is part of the Heritage Service operated by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar…

    5.54 miles away
  11. Borve Castle stood three storeys high. Now in ruins you can still see the five foot deep…

    5.92 miles away
  12. On the west side, in the village of Ormiclate is Ormiclate Castle which stands in ruins…

    6.07 miles away
  13. Benbecula War Memorial

    7.06 miles away
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