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Welcome to North Uist!

North Uist is an ancient, magical island in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland.  Slightly smaller than South Uist, North Uist is connected by causeways to the Isle of Benbecula and the Isle of Berneray. 

INorth Uist is home to what is said to be the oldest known crannog in Scotland, a prehistoric form of settlement, possibly dating from as long ago as 3200 BC.

You will probably arrive on North Uist at Lochmaddy, and this makes a great base for exploring the island, its spectacular coastline and stunning beaches.  North Uist is a great location for fishing and birdwatching – so too is it ideal for venturing onto the islands of Benbecula, Berneray and South Uist. 

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