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The Uists, Benbecula and Barra make up the main islands of the southern Western Isles. North Uist, Benbecula, South Uist and Eriskay are connected by causeways to each other and by air and ferry to the mainland. A ferry connects these islands to Barra in the south.

The Uists and Barra have a similar rich cultural, historical and religious heritage as their neighbouring island of Lewis and Harris. The Uists are MacDonald country, although from two different branches of the same family. One famous ancestor is Flora MacDonald, who was said to have helped the fleeing Bonnie Prince Charlie after the Jacobite rising in 1745.

Barra, on the other hand is home to the MacNeil clan, after Roderick MacNeil received a charter from King James II of all the lands of Barra and its Isles. After the land was sold and during the Clearances that followed many clansfolk emigrated to the Americas.

Lochmaddy is the main town in North Uist, where the ferry from Uig and Barra docks; Lochboisdale the centre of population for South Uist; and Castlebay for Barra. The Uists are generally rocky on the east side an hilly in the interior and flatter and pitted with sea loch sand long sandy beaches on the west.

South UistThey are a haven for anglers, wildlife watchers and twitchers while the roads are popular with cyclists and the hills with walkers. Yachts are regular summer visitors as the inlets, beaches and coastline attract experienced sailors.

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Oban

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In days gone by when travel was mainly by rail and steamer Oban was called the Charing Cross of the north. It was where all routes seemed to meet.
The same still holds true today, if you’re going out to or coming from the islands chances are your ferry will berth here.
It’s a great place to sit and watch the world go by.

On the hill above the town stands McCaig’s Tower, an unfinished project which has gone on to become the town’s major landmark and a beautiful spot to look out over the sea to the islands.
Or you can pick your spot in the bay and watch the boats and people come and go. There’s the Lighthouse Pier, where the ships servicing the lighthouses and navigation buoys dock; the South Pier with the fishing boats; the Railway Pier with the Caledonian MacBrayne ferries and the North Pier with boats from the Royal Navy, visiting foreign navies, tall ships, Customs cutters and dive boats.

Not to mention the big cruise liners which anchor in the bay and send their tenders in to The Oban Times slip or Oban’s regular visiting small, luxury liners.

It’s enough to wear you out watching all that, so you’d best go to one of the town’s many excellent eating places, from award winning cuisine and famous fish and chip shops to friendly cafes and sea food stalls to keep your strength up.

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