Voyaging Monks

The Monach Isles, Isle of North Uist, Outer Hebrides

Type:Historic Sites

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Built of wickerwood frames clad in animal hides, the larger versions were ocean going and could carry up to thirty crew and, almost certainly ranged as far as the Faroes and Iceland. Traditional history such as the Brendan Voyage suggests that they may even have reached North America 400 years before Lief Erikson.

Sgoth Niseach

In modern times, inshore line fishermen used a traditional, locally built boat – the sgoth niseach. The sgoth is a traditional clinker built skiff built mainly in Ness.
Unusually, the yard is longer than the mast allowing the rig to fit within the boat when working the lines. With the decline in line fishing, the last working sgoth - the Jubilee - was launched in 1935. She was restored in 1978 and is now operated by the community boat trust 'Falmadair'. Based in Stornoway she can regularly be seen sailing in the bay.

In 1994, a full size replica sgoth – an Sulaire - was built in Stornoway by John Murdo Macleod, the son of the builder of the Jubilee.

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What's Nearby

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    A rare passage migrant off Uist

    6.45 miles away
  2. A stunning white beach and is easily accessible through the village of Hougharry.

    6.52 miles away
  3. Adults are large and bright white, except for a yellowish head and black wingtips.

    6.89 miles away
  1. Balemore Beach and Machair is easily accessible through the village of Balemore.

    6.95 miles away
  2. Corn Bunting is our largest bunting. Dull streaked brown, with paler underparts, a…

    7.2 miles away
  3. Much slimmer and smaller than the corn bunting this bird is often breeds in reed beds.

    7.21 miles away
  4. Corncrakes are related to moorhens, coots and rails but differ from most members of the…

    7.58 miles away
  5. A beautiful reserve on the north west coast of North Uist with sandy beaches, rocky…

    7.72 miles away
  6. At this site, situated on the southern slope of the hill, lie the remains of a Neolithic…

    8.25 miles away
  7. Hosta beach is easily accessible from the main road at Hosta.

    8.76 miles away
  8. Free Presbyterian Church
    8.82 miles away
  9. St Kilda archipelago can be viewed from the west coast of North Uist. The viewpoint is…

    9.14 miles away
  10. Kilpheder Cross

    9.69 miles away
  11. Balleshare beach is easily accessed from the village of Baleshare.

    9.86 miles away
  12. The folly was built on the site of an Iron Age broch by Dr Alexander Macleod in the…

    10.28 miles away
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