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.

Departs… Arrives… Duration… Provider… Frequency…
Castlebay Lochboisdale 1hr 30mins CalMac Year round
Oban Lochboisdale 3hrs 10mins CalMac Year round
Mallaig Lochboisdale 3hrs 30mins CalMac Year round