Southern Outer Hebrides and St. Kilda

The Southern Outer Hebrides including North and South Uist, Benbecula, Barra, Mingulay and St. Kilda.

The Outer Hebrides is made up of a selection of Islands. The Main Islands in the Southern half of the Outer Hebrides are (from the North): North Uist, Benbecula, South Uist and Barra. The archipelago of St Kilda lie approximately 35 Nautical Miles west of Benbecula.

St Kilda is the remotest part of the UK and was evacuated about 80 years ago due to it's isolation and breakdown in the local ecomony. Now it is owned by the National Trust for Scotland and has been designated a National Nature Reserve. See the St Kilda website for more information.

Most of the Outer Hebrides Islands have wide sandy beached and sand dunes on the West side and inlets and Lochs on the East, many of which are fairly sheltered. Lochmaddy is the main vilage on North Uist and has a ferry terminus for ferries running to Uig on Skye - the Shortest and easiest way back to the mainland.

On Benbecula, there is an old RAF base that has now been converted to Benbecula airport. Lochboisdale is the main village on South Uist and the harbor is the terminus for the Ferry to Oban on the mainland.

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