An explorer's guide to the islands of Britain

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Key Facts

  • Accommodation/food:

    Our must-try foods on South Uist are the Salar Smokehouse, Polochar Inn and the Scandinavian Bakery.

    There is plenty of wild camping in the west-coast dunes and a fabulously located bothy to stay in.

    Check out the ‘island activities’ page for more details.

  • Island Summary:

    An island for the great outdoors. With rugged and wild mountains on the east side the highlight is a hike to the high point of Beinn Mhor, with its spectacular summit ridge and views of the Hebridean chain and the rugged peaks of Skye and the mainland beyond. Further walks are possible at Loch Druidibeg on boardwalks across the lochs and to one of the remotest bothies in Scotland at Uisinis. The whole of the island’s west coast is fringed by an almost continuous white-sand beach with Atlantic surf pounding and beautiful machair with plenty of opportunities to swim or wild camp in the dunes. Foodies don’t miss out. The hot-smoked salmon from the Salar Smokehouse is to die for, there’s all sorts of baked goodies from the Scandinavian Bakery and the superbly located Polachar Inn is great for a pint.

  • Look out for:
    • hike to the high point
    • Huge variety of bird life
    • Incredible sunsets

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Island overview

Have the best adventures on South Uist

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Hike to South Uist's high point

Climb Beinn Mhor for spectacular summit ridge and views

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Stay in a bothy on South Uist

Magical location on a remote beach

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Family walk or South Uist birdwatching

Great walk on South Uist for birdwatchers and families

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Best food on South Uist

From a beer and smoked salmon on the beach to Scandinavian baked delights

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