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Kildonan Musuem

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South Uist | Kildonan | Museum | ★★★

There's nowhere better on South Uist for a bad weather day: Kildonan Museum is the largest museum on the Uists, and indeed the second largest anywhere in the Western Isles. After a previous life as a school, the building reopened in 1998 to showcase the island's manmade and natural heritage, as well as housing local archives, a popular cafe and a craft shop. Local industries, domestic life, religion, education and geology are amongst the themes covered, spread across several rooms. Highlights include Kilphedar Kate: a 1,300 year-old, Pictish woman dug up by archaeologists from Sheffield University in 1998 after a burial cairn was uncovered by wave erosion a few miles south of the museum.


📌 Kildonan Museum★★★
Location: A865, Kildonan, South Uist, G.R.: NF 745275 ///vegetable.pills.clouds
Open (2019): Daily, April to October
Cost (2019): £3 (adults), free for children






Walk: Tidal Eaval

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North Uist | Loch Euphort | Half day walk | ★★★★

Eaval is the highest hill on North Uist: a prominent lump amidst an inhospitable world of water and bog. Though only 347 metres tall, the flatness and character of the surrounding landscape affords it one of the most unusual panoramas you're ever likely to witness. A maze of lochans surrounding the hill and lack of nearby roads means that - unless you have a boat - reaching the base is only really practical from a couple of directions. The tried and tested route is by a boggy path from Loch Euphort; even this crosses a set of stepping stones which are prone to being submerged after heavy rain or at very high tides. But the reward on a clear day is well worth sodden boots.


📌 Walk: Tidal Eaval ★★★★
▶ 11 km / 7 miles | ▲ 380 metres
Summits: Eaval (347 metres, sub-2000') | Features: Loch Obasaraigh
Start / finish: Minor road end, south side of Loch Euphort, North Uist, G.R.: NF 890631 ///laces.stated.cute

Route: Start - stepping stone…

Walk: Big views from little Langais

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North Uist | Clachan | Short walk | ★★★

Beinn Langais reaches only 90 metres above sea level, but the interior of North Uist is so flat that even a small summit commands a big view. Most of the island is usually visible from the top of the grassy dome, with Eaval prominent in the southeast quadrant; Berneray and South Uist stretch away beyond in clear conditions. The hill's lower slopes boast two fascinating historic sites: a huge chambered cairn and a beautifully-sited stone circle. These both have good access paths but the going higher up can be a bit boggy: long jumping abilities might come in useful to cross some of the marshy depressions.


📌 Walk: Big views from little Langais ★★★
▶ 3 km / 2 miles | ▲ 90 metres
Summits: Beinn Langais (91 metres) | Features: Barpa Langass; Poball Fhinn
Start / finish: Car park for Barpa Langass, 2 miles northeast of Clachan, North Uist, G.R.: NF 835658 ///unlucky.stall.postcard

Route: Car park - Barpa Langass - Beinn Langais - Poball Fhinn - Lang…

Poball Fhinn

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North Uist | Clachan | Stone circle | ★★

Not many of Scotland's stone circles have a more beautiful outlook than Poball Fhinn (Finn's People) - the only stone circle on North Uist. This oval monument still incorporates at least 20 stones - despite some gaps - and measures about 35 metres at its widest point. There are fantastic views across Loch Langais with the summit of Eaval on the horizon, though the nearby summit of Beinn Langais offers an even better vista.


📌 Poball Fhinn ★★
Location: Off minor road 2 miles east of Clachan, North Uist, G.R.: NF 843650 ///navigate.crows.income
Open: Always
Cost: Free
Anything else? From the car park at Langass Lodge, G.R.: NF 839652 ///result.alone.shuttling it's a 5-10-min walk east to the stone circle on a clear path.