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Getting There

British Airways flies Monday through Saturday to Benbecula Airport (the nearest connection for North Uist) from Glasgow, a 1-hour trip. Phone tel. 0141/887-1111 at the Glasgow Airport for flight information.

Lochboisdale is the site of the ferry terminal that provides a link between South Uist and the mainland at Oban, which takes 5 1/2 hours. Monday through Saturday, one ferry per day runs from Oban to Lochboisdale, costing £11 one-way. Some of these ferries stop at Castlebay, on Barra. Other ferries run from Uig, on the Isle of Skye, to Lochmaddy, North Uist, once or twice daily. The most popular connection, this car/passenger ferry trip takes anywhere from 2 to 4 hours and costs £4.90 one-way. For information, consult Caledonian MacBrayne (tel. 08705/650-000 in Lochmaddy; www.calmac.co.uk).

North Uist is linked to Benbecula and South Uist by causeways and bridges, so you can drive to or from either of these islands along A867, which becomes A865.

Visitor Information

Consult the Western Isles Tourist Board in Stornoway. There's also a tourist office at the pier in Lochmaddy, on North Uist (tel. 01876/500-321), open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm; Saturday 9:30am to 1pm and 2 to 5:30pm; and Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 7:30 to 8:30pm. The staff can arrange accommodations if you've arrived without a reservation. On South Uist, the tourist office at the pier at Lochboisdale (tel. 01878/700-286) is open Easter to October only, Monday to Saturday 9am to 5pm. It's also open for late ferry arrivals, usually Monday to Thursday and Saturday 9 to 10pm and Friday 7:30 to 8:30pm. Accommodations can be arranged through this office as well.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.