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Ferries to South Uist

South Uist is the second largest island in the Scottish Outer Hebrides, characterised by dramatic mountains in the east and sandy beaches to the west.

Thanks to its beautiful and diverse landscape, South Uist lures a variety of visitors, ranging from beach bums and families to skilled hikers and mountain cyclists.

The island’s highest point, Beinn Mhor, reaches 2,034 ft and offers unbeatable views over land and sea. The walk itself is challenging but extremely rewarding, so it should only be undertaken by confident climbers.

The almost unbroken beach along the western shoreline provides some lovely walks too, offering the chance to spot some local seals basking in the sunshine and to explore some of the gorgeous inlets and bays.

Interestingly, South Uist is home to the oldest golf course in the Outer Hebrides and was voted ‘the most natural in the world’ by environmental experts in 2011. It was created by Tom Morris, one of the world’s finest course designers of the 19th Century.

The island is also a place of great archaeological interest. The most noteworthy discoveries are the only prehistoric mummies to be found in Britain, which were uncovered in 2001 at the Cladh Hallan Roundhouses.

The ruinous 18th Century Ormacleit Castle is famed for being one of the shortest-lived in the country, with an accidental fire burning it down just seven years after its construction.

On the south coast, you will find an extraordinary standing stone dating from the third millennium, so there’s plenty to see on this fascinating island.

You can sail to Lochboisdale on South Uist from Castlebay, Isle of Barra and from Oban on the mainland, with crossings available almost every day.

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South Uist reviews

  • "Pet friendly journey"

    Our first ferry journey with our dog went without a hitch. We arrived early for our booking and were put on an earlier ferry. The pet friendly accommodation was spacious & comfortable & the coffee was good. The lady who answered my telephone query was friendly & helpful.

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  • "Ferry to arran"

    Excellent service, both on land and on the ferry, very organised, comfy seating. Never used the catering bar coffees. Late leaving port but no problem to us but possibly others.

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  • "Excellent trip"

    Excellent journey. Very efficient loading and unloading of our car. Lovely rest before our long drive home. We had a beautiful day for our journey and we could see for miles and enjoyed all the lovely scenery. Would definitely recommend.

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  • "Booking"

    I found booking with Direct Ferries extremely easy and simple. Unfortunately I had to change my return booking and did this online. When I received no further confirmation that my request had been successful and my departure date was imminent I tried phoning Direct Ferries. This was very dispiriting. I tried 3 times and each time was held in a queue with the frequently repeated message 'we are dealing with other customers'. No doubt true but in this case it would show more consideration to employ more telesales staff. At the very least the company might invest in the software to tell customers where they are in the queue. On my first 2 attempts I gave up after 10 minutes. On the third occasion I hung on and was answered after 20 minutes. The person I spoke to was extremely courteous and helpful and dealt with me most efficiently. I was charged £10.50 for the change of booking. When I reported to the Caledonian McBrayne terminal at Oban, I was told they would have changed the booking without a fee. I think in view of this I will in future try to deal with the ferry company direct although I recognise you offer a good service when there are no problems.

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