Gatliff Hebridean Hostel at Howmore, Isle of South Uist

Gatliff Hebridean Hostel at Howmore, Isle of South Uist


How do I get to South Uist?   Although there is no direct flight to South Uist, you can fly to Benbecula with Flybe from Belfast, Barra, Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinburgh,  Exeter, Glasgow, Guernsey, Inverness, Isle of Man, Jersey, Kirkwall, London (Gatwick), Manchester, Norwich, Southampton, Sumburgh and Stornoway.  Also, there are flights to Barra with Flybe from Belfast, Benbecula, Birmingham, Cardiff, Exeter, Glasgow, Guernsey, Inverness, Isle of Man, Jersey, Kirkwall, Manchester, Southampton and Stornoway.  Most of these flights are via Glasgow, Benbecula or Stornoway.  The Caledonian Macbrayne Car Ferry leaves from Oban on the west coast of Scotland on a daily basis and arrives at Lochboisdale, on South Uist,  sometimes via Castlebay. To travel throughout Scotland and the UK, you can book your tickets through The Trainline.


How do I get around South Uist?   There are Buses between the villages of Lochboisdale, Ludag, South Boisdle, Daliburgh, Askernish, Bornish, Stoneybridge, Howbeg, Howmore, Stilligary and West Gernish on South Uist.  Laing Motors offer Car Hire from Lochboisdale.  Bike Hire is available from Rothan Cycle Hire in Howmore.  There are Taxi services from Lindsay Taxi´s, Busters Private Hire and Aitken Island Travel.  Tours around the Outer Hebrides are available through Shearings Holidays.


What’s worth visiting on South Uist?  Howmore is a picturesque village of thatched cottages with the ruined Teampull Mor, a Parish Church thought to have been built in the 13th century, close by.  Kildonan Museum has artefacts from South UIst’s history and includes the Clanranald Stone, believed to have been carved in the 16th century.  Ormacleit Castle, built in 1708, was one of the last Castles built in Scotland.


Where can I stay on South Uist?  Hotels in South Uist include the Pollochar Hotel, Orasay Inn, the Borrodale Hotel and the Lochboisdale Hotel.  Other accommodation includes Kinloch B & B in Kingarry, Anglers Retreat in Eochar, Kilchoan Bay, Brae Lea House and Wireless Cottage B & B in Lochboisdale.  Also, there is self catering available at Frobost Lodge near Lochboisdale, South Uist Cottages in North Boisdale, Grianaig House in Garryhallie or Seann Taigh Thatched Cottage in South Lochboisdale.  There is Hostel accommodation at Uist Bunkhouse in Daliburgh and at the Howmore Hostel, run by the Gatliff Hebridean Hostels Trust, where camping is also available.


Any other information on South Uist?  In 2008, an Old Tom Morris Golf Course was re-opened at Askernish in South Uist.  It had originally been built in 1891 and had been un-used for over 70 years.


Other islands in Outer Hebrides: See pages for Baleshare, Barra, Benbecula, Berneray, Eriskay, GrimsayHarris, Lewis, Mingulay, North Uist, Taransay, Vatersay

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