North Uist - A UK Paradise
North Uist (Scotland)
Member Name: Machair1
North Uist (Scotland)
Date: 05/10/08, updated on 18/03/09 (287 review reads)
Advantages: An Area Of Outstanding Beauty Worlds Away From Town And City Life
Disadvantages: Some May Find It Remote. Windy. Expensive Fuel.
This is the most wonderful place on Earth. It is a place of serenity, a place where you can relax and a place where the sky is forever.
Reached either by plane from Glasgow, or by ferry from Uig on Skye, or from Oban this is a wildlife/wild flower heaven.
The coastline is fringed by fertile meadowland called machair where you can see colourful flowers in abundance from May to August. The beaches are empty and are of pure white sand and on a sunny day the water is turquoise.
In July you can see short eared owls sitting on fence posts looking for food to feed their young, and all along the coastline there are sea otters. You may need a bit of patience here as otters can be elusive, but if you see them you will never forget it.
To the north lies the beautiful island of Berneray now linked by a causeway which makes for an exciting drive especially on a windy day. The south road passes through Benbecula to South Uist and to the little island of Eriskay also joined by a causeway.
The islands have the long summer days when it is light until 11pm, but in the winter it is dark until mid morning and darkness falls again mid afternoon. If you are lucky in the winter you may see The Northern Lights.
Sometimes when I go there I have to pinch myself because you look out to sea from a sunny spot on the hillside and wonder at the sheer beauty of a landscape few in Britain will ever have seen.
True the weather can be harsh. In 2005 a family from South Uist died there in a tragic accident when they tried to escape from their coastal home in winds of over 100 miles an hour. This news was overshadowed at the time by the tsunami which happened during a similar time period.
If you visit there you will be welcomed by the Hebridean hospitality which is second to none. You will find Co-ops with lovely food at good prices but beware the petrol is very expensive. There are some good places serving food and some hotels open to non residents.
It isn't rich in facilities, there are no charges to park, and you can wander in most places with freedom. It is possible to walk everywhere as you respect the land remembering to close farm gates and to observe the Sunday as a special day.
It is a place to go and be. By that I mean to watch. You will be rewarded by something which is not for sale, just to see an ever changing vision of turquoise sea and sky in all directions will make you feel you have gone to a place not many will have seen before you.
I have taken my photos and people have said to me "Is That The Maldives?" -well on a sunny day it could be!
Beware though we have lost one roof box to the high winds and it is sometimes difficult to open the car door when the gusts of wind are severe.
If you love sheep,cows,birds,otters,seals, beaches,waves and remote places you will arrive here and think you are in heaven- for that is what it is "my heaven". I hope you can share it too!
Also posted on Ciao by myself under the user name Violet1278
Summary: One Of The Most Amazing Places In The UK