"One of the most spectacular views anywhere on North Uist...."
Best Selling author Peter May
"....from the comfort of a beautifully restored house"
"White tailed Sea Eagle in the garden again!!!"
Melanie Davison-west July 2014
"Northern Lights - Aurora - seen from the bedroom window"
Clive Hill April 2015
"The daily life of the sea loch outside is facinating"
Doreen Challen June 2015
"Twelve seals relaxing on tiny island seen from french windows"
Harry Armor May 2015
"Male and Female Hen harrier hunting between the house and shore"
Melvyn Jackson June 2014
"Panoramic views of Harris and Skye from the same window!!"
Zoe Higgins June 2015

Things to see and do

North Uist is a stunning blend of beaches, machair lands and freshwater lochs.


The beaches on North Uist are made of white sand and turquoise water. There are too many beaches on the island to visit in one week and information on the best ones can be found in our cottage. It is not unusual to be the only ones on a 2km white sandy beach here in the middle of summer.

Bird watching and wildlife

There is an abundance of wildlife on the island including, corncrakes, hen harriers, sea eagles, short eared owls, whooper swans, red deer, sea otters, harbour porpoises, grey seals, common seals, boat trips to see basking sharks, pilot whales, dolphins and killer whales can be arranged.



Western Isles Wildlife offers a wide range of tours that can either concentrate on a particular aspect of the local natural history or provide a general overview of the rich diversity of wildlife in the islands. Bird tours offer the chance to catch up with sort after species such as Corncrake, Red-necked Phalarope, White-tailed Eagle, Golden Eagle, Hen Harrier, Merlin, Red-throated Diver, Black-throated Diver, Great Northern Diver and many more depending on the time of year. Otter tours are also very popular and the trips offer a very good chance of catching up with one or more. Otters are widespread in the islands but the experience of looking for them, gained over many hours spent in the field means that we have the most up to date knowledge of where and when is best to look for them. We also offer trips to look at the machair flora as well as specialist species of orchids such as Bog Orchid and Irish Ladyís Tresses. General wildlife tours often record a good mix of mammals, birds and flowers and are designed to be flexible for individuals and groups. Western Isles Wildlife is run by Steve Duffield who has been resident in the islands since January 2005. Having travelled widely throughout the UK and abroad Steve and gained a wealth of knowledge in many aspects of natural history which began as a birder at the tender age of 7.

Fly Fishing

There are two main bodies that manage the Lochs on the island and further information can be found on their websites below.




We have books and information in the cottage about walks on the island.


Shopping & Eating Out

Where to eat and shop.


All the food supplies and fuel you require for a week’s stay can be bought from local shops on the island and information on places to eat out can be found in the cottage. 

The small town of Lochmaddy has a cash machine, a general store, a doctor’s surgery, an arts centre with cafe and an outdoor centre where you can experience such activities as rock climbing, sea kayaking and scuba diving.

Food and Drink

North Uist is home to the famous Hebridean Smokehouse which is reputed to produce the finest Peat Smoked Salmon in the world.

The Berneray shop and bistro is 500 metres from the Berneray Ferry Pier, back towards the direction of Berneray. They serve home cooked meals for summer evenings and fresh seafood when available. link to their website http://www.bernerayshopandbistro.co.uk/

We recommend The Langass Lodge, Lochmaddy Hotel, Hamersay House and the Westford Inn for eating out on an evening or enjoying a drink in their bars.