There are approximately 20 miles of crystal clear ocean, white sandy beach, and machair land along the west coast of South Uist; more than enough for even the most avid walker, sand castle builder and rock pooler to explore. Take a romantic stroll, fly a kite or if you’re feeling more energetic you can go surfing – Hebrides style. Maybe you’d like to take a boat trip to go whale watching and to look for bottle nose dolphins, porpoises, common seals, otters and puffins to name a few. Wild game trout and salmon fishing trips are also popular.
The machair is a haven for wildlife. In the summer you might see a corn bunting or hear the call of the corncrake and if you’re fortunate you may even see one. Perhaps you will see a short eared owl hunting at twilight on the Boisdale machair or even a hen harrier. White tailed or golden eagles and merlin can also be seen in South Uist and you can even join in on a Bird of Prey Trail. There are also wader species such as Sanderling, Turnstone, Whimbrel and Black Tailed Godwit in the area. Plus Red Shanks, Oyster Catchers and many migrant birds and not forgetting our Swans, Ducks and Geese. Red deer can also be found on the hills.
Opposite the beaches of the west coast are the hills of South Uist including Beinn Mhor, Hecla and Ben Corrodale; if you’re feeling energetic then they are well worth the hike to the top where you will be treated to some spectacular views. If a gentler walk suits you better then head for the road’s end at North Locheynort and Loch Skipport, where you might even meet some wild ponies.
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