On the west side in the village of Ormiclate stands Ormiclate Castle which stands in ruins today after being burnt to the ground. Built by Allan MacDonald, Chief of Clanranald. MacDonald was killed at the Battle of Sheriffmuir in 1715 and Ormiclate castle is said to have burned down on the same day. After the fire the Clanranald seat was moved north to Nunton and the castle was abandoned after less than ten years of occupancy. Although you can see the building, it is now unsafe with no access.
The beautiful village of Howmore is not to be missed with its picturesque traditional thatched cottages and ancient chapel. The chapel is called Teampull Mor and dates back to the 1200’s.
Scottish Natural Heritage manage the Loch Druidibeg Nature Reserve which covers some 1,677 square hectares, from the Atlantic on the west coast almost to the Minch on the east coast. Definitely one of the best places in the Hebrides to see a full range of wildlife and habitats. There are also over 200 species of flowering plants so naturally the area is full of birdlife such as redshank, dunlin, lapwing, and greylag geese. Visitors can also enjoy the self-guided walk around the reserve which will take approximately 3 hours.
As you continue to travel north you cannot miss the statue of Madonna and Child, known as Our Lady of the Isles. She was hewn by sculptor Hew Lorimer and erected in 1957 on the west slope of Reuval overlooking the sea, a fantastic viewpoint.
The village of Iochdar can be found at the northern end of the Isle of South Uist; where more of our traditional cottages can be seen. The Hebridean Jewellery Shop and Café is to be found here too. Hand crafted jewellery is designed and made in their workshops and sold in the shop. This is a great place to browse the jewellery and home wares for sale before enjoying a coffee and taking in the magnificent view of the nearby beach.
For more detailed information go to www.visitouterhebrides.co.uk/see-and-do
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