South Uist, Benbecula and Eriskay

South Uist, Benbecula and Eriskay

South Uist has two contrasting sides. Its eastern half rises in mountains which may be low by mainland standards but are as rugged and wild as any you'll find, they offer spectacular views over land and sea. To the west the fertile Machair - formed by sands blown onto the peat beneath - runs the whole length of the island and is fringed by an almost continuous beach.

South Uist is linked to its neighbours, both north and south, by road causeways. Benbecula is a largely low-lying island, with vital employment provided by an army base, but there is much to explore here. Eriskay, made famous by 'Whisky Galore', is the perfect small island, with a rugged hill, beautiful coastline and fine sandy beach - a little bit of heaven. It is also the port of call for the ferry to Barra.


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