"Eilean Mo Rùin" South Uist by RhineRoll

South Uist Travel Guide: 17 reviews and 25 photos

Beautifully Remote

South Uist is a remote, but beautiful island in the Outer Hebrides. What makes it special is that it's one of the last strongholds of Gaelic language and culture, Scottish Gaelic still being the everyday language throughout the island. South Uist can be reached either by ferry from Oban or Skye via Lochmaddy, North Uist. There are causeways to Benbecula in the North and tiny Eriskay to the South. A small car ferry connects Eriskay with Barra, so that it's possible to drive from the southern end of Barra to the Butt of Lewis with just 2 ferry crossings on a single day! Don't do this, though, adjust to the way of life of the islanders and take your time!!!

This was our Gaelic course. Michael, our regular teacher organized the whole thing and came with us all the way from Bonn, Germany. Catriona, our second teacher, is a native speaker who originates from South Uist but lives and works in Fort William

People have fled or were cleared from the Western Isles for centuries. On Skye and Mull, the trend has been halted, but here in the Outer Isles the economy is still dependent on subsidies and young people still have to leave for education and jobs. Development plans often fail due to stubborn landowners living far away on the mainland. Tourism is becoming more and more important as a source of income, but there's a limit due to lack of infrastructure. Also, if more outsiders came to the island, this could destroy one of the last Gaelic communities and might put the final nail in the coffin of Gaeldom.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Beautiful Scenery, Clean Air, Gaelic Culture
  • Cons:Limited Infrastructure, expensive to come and stay
  • In a nutshell:A unique experience awaits
  • Last visit to South Uist: Jul 2003
  • Intro Updated Oct 29, 2005
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  • BillNJ's Profile Photo
    Dec 6, 2009 at 6:57 AM

    Win, you have certainly traveled to a remote and beautiful location for your Gaelic studies! I especially like the tip about the mail order service for the smoked salmon -- I might have to try that! Cheers, Bill

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Nov 15, 2009 at 4:16 AM

    Hello, Winfried! You have made lots of exciting travels! ><>>< Well done! ><><><

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Dec 13, 2007 at 3:48 AM

    Great idea to go over there with your Gaelic course!

  • mtncorg's Profile Photo
    Oct 2, 2007 at 7:43 AM

    Flying over the Uists out of Glasgow, they seemed a bit magical down there in the sunshine.

  • grets's Profile Photo
    Jul 8, 2007 at 9:12 AM

    This certainly is a very 'Off the Beaten Path' destiantion Win. Great page, how sad about the devestating storms in 2005.

  • garridogal's Profile Photo
    Feb 26, 2006 at 6:32 AM

    I'm enjoying all the beautiful and dramatic pictures on your pages but just had to comment on that cute pony! Not shy at all, eh?

  • dr.firas's Profile Photo
    Sep 10, 2005 at 3:06 AM

    Love this page Win, and wanted to say hello and wishing you a great weekend my friend :-))

  • m-joy's Profile Photo
    Sep 1, 2005 at 11:41 PM

    what a nice page with great sundowns! nevertheless: *waiting for updates* ;-)

  • Jul 26, 2005 at 3:17 PM

    Gorgeous pics from the Uists Win - and I love the song!

  • Jul 6, 2005 at 6:45 PM

    i never ended up in uist, but it sure looks nice! great page win!

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