In this guide we share the best things to do on Uist, along with extensive information on where to stay, the best places to eat and drink, how to get to the islands, and how to get around when you’re there. We also include a detailed map and practical travel tips to help your trip run smoothly.
A long string of islands, Uist lies at the centre of the group that makes up the Outer Hebrides, Scotland’s Western Isles. Linked by causeways, this island chain stretches from Eriskay in the south to Berneray in the north, via South Uist, Benbecula, Grimsay, and North Uist, with Uist serving as the collective name.
The western, Atlantic facing half of Uist is typically flat, with beautiful white sand beaches and extensive stretches of fertile machair. The eastern half is significantly hillier, with countless lochs, inlets, and skerries punctuating a jagged coastline.
With fantastic scenery, nature walks of varying lengths and difficulties, mouthwatering local food and drink, and exciting boat trips to uninhabited islands, there’s a lot to keep you busy. So whether you’re planning to visit Uist (pronounced yoo–ist) as part of an Outer Hebrides island hopping adventure which includes Barra, Harris and Lewis, or as a trip all on its own, be sure to allow at least a few days to properly explore.