A well established outdoor centre offering a vast array of activities in the Hebrides. It is 1 of 8 recognised world class scuba diving centres and offers many outdoor pursuits and activites.The Uist Outdoor centre offers the fastest day trip service to St Kilda & the Monach isles, weather permitting. This world class heritage site, the remotest part of the British Isles, lies 41 miles west of the Isle of Benbecula in the Outer Hebrides. Its islands with their exceptional cliffs and sea stacs form the most important seabird breeding station in north-west Europe. An awesome place to visit with an amazing history.
Fishing on South Uist & Benbecula
A lace-work of over 800 lochs is surrounded by unrivalled machair on the west coast, with miles of brilliant silver sand beaches, leading to wildflower-filled corn fields and isolated glens and hills in the East. The unique shell sand alkaline machair lochs on the west side create the ideal growing conditions for quality brown trout and sea trout which are universally regarded as some of the best fishing you can experience. Salmon and Sea trout up to 10lb are caught regularly. Local fishing information is provided in the cottage.
Askernish, situated on the beautiful island of South Uist in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland, is home to a fine links golf course offering stunning surroundings and an ever-changing challenge for any grade of golfer. First laid out by Old Tom Morris in 1891 it has been fully restored to its original position using entirely traditional design principles, this course is a must for passionate golfers. Environmental experts have already hailed the Askernish as "the most natural links course in the world": the dunes' natural contours form the fairways, no artificial chemicals are used in maintenance, and during winter months sheep and cattle graze the course! The unique nature of the Askernish links and the culture of the Western Isles make South Uist a wonderful place to visit for all ages.
Ceòlas is a music and dance summer school featuring expert tuition in piping, fiddling, singing, dancing and the Gaelic language. It is set within the Gaelic-speaking community of South Uist. Ceòlas explores the vital connections between Scottish traditional music, Gaelic song and dance while allowing ample opportunity for participants to enjoy all these art forms in cèilidhs and in homes, the places which fostered them…
One of the great pleasures of spending time on the island is the continuously changing colours and light. This makes for some great photographic opportunities. See the following links for great examples. Some photography for this site was by Hugh Spicer.
An artists delight. Spectacular vistas combined with an ever changing light.
Inter-Island Day Trips
The cottage is ideally located in the middle of the Hebrides Island chain situated perfectly for exploring the Hebrides island chain and St Kilda. Causeways link Eriskay, South Uist, Benbecula, North Uist and Berneray and are easily explored by Car or by Bike. You can Visit St Kilda, Barra, Mingulay, Lewis, Harris and the Isle Of Skye by boat for day trips weather permitting.
Two professionally operated seat tour operators will help you explore the Southern Isles and as far as St kilda. The Steel brothers at Uist Sea Tours explore the southern islands as well as Mingulay, St Kilda and the Monachs. Nick at Uist boat trips covers Benbecula, North Uist and the Monach Islands.
Bird watching and Wildlife in the Western Isles
The wildlife and bird watching on the islands and around the cottage is spectacular. South Uist alone is home to around 24 pairs of Golden Eagles as well as Corncrake, Sea Eagles, Hen Harriers, Peregrines, Merlins, Sparrow Hawks, Short Eared and Snowy Owls to name a few. Steve Duffield at Western Isles Wildlife provides excellent wildlife tours. You will be amazed at the array of wildlife as you sit at the cottage or travel around the islands.
South Uist Nature Reserve
Loch Druidibeg Nature reserve on South Uist and the landscapes surrounding it present one of the best places in the Hebrides to see the full range of island wildlife and habitats. The 1677 hectares that form Loch Druidibeg National Nature Reserve stretch across South Uist from the Atlantic coast almost to the Minch
North Uist Nature Reserve
This beautiful Balranald reserve on North Uist has sandy beaches, rocky foreshore, marshes and sand dunes. An information centre explains the importance of traditional crofting agriculture for corncrakes and other wildlife. Many wading and farmland birds nest on the flower-rich machair and croft-land.
Quality hand made local Jewellery inspired by the beauty of the Outer Hebrides. The shop sells a vast collection of their own hand made Jewellery and other local crafts. The café within the shop is highly recommended and will compliment your visit.
The Kildonan Centre
The Kildonan Centre in South Uist is a heritage and cultural amenity which includes a museum, craft shop and an excellent café serving home made food.
taigh chearsabhagh is an award winning Museum and arts centre featuring varied exhibitions throughout the year. Well worth a visit.
South Uist and the Southern Isles are home to a number of important archaeological sites and anchient monuments. Information is available in the cottage for your use.