In Donald Munro‘s A Description of the Western Isles of Scotland Called Hybrides of 1549, North Uist, Benbecula (with Grimsay) and South Uist are described as one island of Ywst (Uist). While, in reality, navigating among these separate islands then required considerable time, planning and good weather, “The Uists” are now physically united by causeways, forming the 130-mile “Long Island” Outer Hebrides chain together with the still separate islands of Barra and Lewis and Harris.
The sea crossing from Uig, Skye to Lochmaddy can be edgy in winter, but CalMac‘s MV Hebrides is a large, well stabilised vessel and a fair proportion of the journey is spent in protected coastal waters
A restored Hebridean blackhouse, our base at Clachan Sands, North Uist
Lochmaddy, a rare population centre on an island censused at 1,619 in 2011, recedes into the distance as the return ferry departs for Uig
Clachan Sands and the hills of Harris
Westerly winds at sunrise blow storm clouds over the burial ground at Hòrnais, Clachan Sands
Dead rabbit, Hòrnais
Views from Sponish Bridge, Lochmaddy. The stone structure, “Hut of the Shadows”, is a camera obscura
Although only 347m in height, Eaval dominates the low lying landscape of North Uist
Derelict corrugated iron house, Loch Minish, near Lochmaddy
Single track A865 road to Lochmaddy
Views from the moorland road to Loch Portain, near Lochmaddy
Struan Cottage, Vallay Strand, Sollas, another restored Hebridean blackhouse
Port nan Long
Loch an Sticir, with Dùn an Sticir, an Iron Age broch fort (on an island, top right)
The causeway to Berneray
View to Berneray at dawn
The causeway to North Uist
Views toward Harris from the Borgh area
Burial ground, Beinn Shleibhe
Loch Brusda and distant North Uist from the summit of Beinn Shleibhe
Triangulation point on Beinn Shleibhe, looking across the Sound of Harris
Boreray island and the sand dune system of western Berneray
Berneray’s beautiful western beach and dunes
The flooded machair and dune system
Loch Bhuigh at sunset
Standing stone, Loch Bhuigh and North Uist
The hills of south Harris from Berneray
Sunrise at Loch a ‘Chinn Uacraich
South Uist and Eriksay
Views of the Beinn Mhòr and Thacla range of hills, South Uist. At 620m, Beinn Mhòr is the highest hill in the Uists
Barra from Eriskay ferry port
Coilleag a’ Phrionnsa beach, Eriskay
Views across the Sound of Barra from Kilbride, South Uist
Young red deer stags from the moorland road to Loch Portain, North Uist
Common seals in Loch a’ Bhàigh, Berneray
Lapwings and barnacle geese in front of the Harris hills from Clachan Sands, North Uist
Barnacle geese and carrion (hooded) crow, Berneray
One of many dead rabbits in the dunes behind Clachan Sands, North Uist, an area frequented by numerous buzzards and other raptors
The photographs of the Hebrides are absolutely stunning. Thank you.
Thank you Mairi, it was sad to leave and I hope to return soon.
Beautiful photographs of a terrific area .
Thanks, it really is a fantastic place.
Thankyou for these beautiful pictures I never tire of these views in spite of spending a month there every year for the last 27 years I cannot wait for end of May when we will return
Thank you Jean, how wonderful that you can return regularly. I’d love to visit in spring and summer to enjoy the flowering machair and breeding birds.
Great work Chris, fantastic pictures!
Head for the southern beachs & machair of South Uist on your next vist… absolutely stunning in Spring/Summer, particularly Boisdale
Many thanks Anda, I will certainly do that.
Amazing photos of such wonderful islands… thank you
Thank you Liz
Fabulous photography brought back many happy memories
Thanks Susan, I’m glad
Happy memories surface of a trip made to these beautiful islands long ago; an exhilarating climb to Eaval’s summit and a sense of wistfulness on leaving, I thought never to return…. Thank you. R
Thank you Robert. The Uist hills seemed dramatic and dominating beyond their size as they rise from their flat surroundings. Glad you enjoyed the post.
Really enjoyed a photo visit to the beautiful Outer Hebrides. Already booked and looking forward to another visit in May. Many thanks.
Thank you Pam, enjoy your visit