The Pollochar Stones lie at the very southern edge of South Uist, standing 1.7 metres high and up to 1.5 metres wide. From this viewpoint you can look out across the sea to the isle of Barra with its unique beach runway, definitely worth a visit.
To the east is the village of South Lochboisdale with stunning views over the bay to Lochboisdale itself. The Uist Sculpture Trail has placed one of its sculptures at the end of the road there; entitled the Listening Place.
Should you venture to the west side, you will find Cladh Hallan Round Houses on the Daliburgh machair. Still partly visible, you can explore the remnants of a pre-historic village dating back to the early Bronze Age around 2000 BC. You will find the ruins near to the Hallan graveyard. A fascinating glimpse into the past, it might just make you want to do some research in the library.
On the east side is the village of Lochboisdale where you will find a few shops, a bank, hotel, pink post office and internet café. Lochboisdale is also the port for ferries to Oban and Mallaig when scheduled. There is a lovely community garden with a picnic area and a stunning view of the bay and the marina. Beside the post office you will find a children’s play park and a footpath to the village of Laisger. From here you can walk a circular route back to Lochboisdale or if you are feeling energetic, there is always Ben Kenneth to climb!
Heading north, Askernish Golf Club is a must for any grade of golfer. Sited on the machair on the west coast of the island the course is a recently restored Old Tom Morris design that was originally laid out in 1891. It is an 18 hole course with a combination of sand dunes and tees that overlook the Atlantic ocean, boasting magnificent scenery. You can hire golf clubs and after the round, head into the club house for what will be some much needed refreshment.
The birthplace of the famous Flora MacDonald is in the west side village of Milton. Now a Jacobite heroine, Flora helped Bonnie Prince Charlie to escape the government army in 1746 when he fled the mainland after the Jacobite defeat at Culloden.
Heading north from Flora’s birthplace is the Kildonan Centre. The centre is comprised of a museum, craft shop and café. The museum hosts a permanent exhibition of the ‘Weaver of Grass’ Angus MacPhee, known as ‘the quiet big man’ of South Uist who could weave clothes from grass. The café stocks a good selection of snacks, home-made soups and freshly baked cakes. The craft shop is where local artists and artisans display a wide range of contemporary arts and crafts gifts that you can buy to remind yourself of your visit to the island.
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