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. Our Lady of Sorrows
    0.2 miles away
  2. St Brides Catholic Church
    0.53 miles away
  3. Loch Bee is a very large brackish loch which stretches from the west side of South Uist…

    1.08 miles away
  1. There is a self-guided walk which will take approximately 3 hours.

    1.25 miles away
  2. Can be found anywhere in the loch.

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

    1.38 miles away
  4. This rusty brown, pigeon-sized game bird can be found on the moorland north of Loch…

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

    1.52 miles away

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    1.57 miles away
  7. Frequently seen above the surrounding hills.

    1.88 miles away
  8. Males are ghostly grey whilst the females and youngsters are brown with a conspicious…

    1.88 miles away
  9. Males are ghostly grey whilst the females and youngsters are brown with a conspicious…

    1.88 miles away
  10. This stunning diver species breeds on large moorland lochs in the summer and winter in…

    1.88 miles away
  11. This location is on the shore of a large fresh water loch surrounded by moorland with…

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

    1.91 miles away
  13. This sparrow-like bird superficially resembles corn bunting although is much slimmer and…

    2.14 miles away
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