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Western Isles South

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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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Western Isles North

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Western isles north ferrryLewis and Harris are in fact one island and can be reached by ferry either from Ullapool on the mainland to Stornoway or Uig on Skye or via the southern Western Isles from Lochmaddy to Tarbet.

Lewis is quite flat to the north but hilly to the south where it meets Harris, which is very hilly with seven mountains. The Outer Hebrides are home to some of the most stunning beaches in Scotland, and Lewis and Harris have their fair share of white sand beaches and blue seas.

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The islands are rich with history  from the Callanish stones to the Lewis chessmen and some of the oldest artefacts in the UK have been found on the island as well as from Iron Age forts and standing stones.

There is a strong cultural heritage on Lewis and Harris, where the Clan MacLeod hales from. Gaelic is still spoken alongside English and it is the music of the Gaels that can be heard at social functions throughout the island, where young people take pride in learning the songs and instruments of their forebears.

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From the Butt of Lewis to Leverburgh in the south of Harris, there is much to see, in the way of wildlife, birds and scenery.

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