South Uist is the only place in Britain where prehistoric mummies have been found, and it’s covered in evidence of a thriving Neolithic community. Archaeology not your thing? Although you won’t see it from the ferry, the west coast is a near-continuous sandy beach. The island’s nature reserve has one of the UK’s most important breeding population of waders: redshank, dunlin, lapwing, and ringed plover. The west coast is mostly flat, but you’ll find Beinn Mhòr on the east side – worth a climb for the spectacular views from the summit ridge. Delve into the island’s history at the Kildonan museum, which also has a craft shop showcasing the work of around 40 local artists and craft producers. South Uist is connected by causeways to Benbecula, North Uist, and Berneray, so it’s a great base from which to explore the surrounding islands.