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Uig

The A87 runs northwest from Portree to the tiny ferry port of Uig, dramatically set in a horseshoe bay and the departure point for ferries to Tarbert (Harris) and Lochmaddy (North Uist).


Everything in the village revolves around the ferry timetables, and the regular bus service to and from Portree coincides with the arrival and departure of the ferries.

The village has two pubs, two shops, a hotel, a filling station and cafe. Uig Pottery sells a range of high quality pottery produced on-site, while the Skye Brewery sells its own superb real ales from the brewery shop. Sheltered by high cliffs, the bay is one of the most beautiful in Skye. Wildlife in the area includes golden eagles, sea eagles, pilot whales, seals and dolphins. 

Fairy Glen

 

Just outside the village is the magical Fairy Glen. Turn right just before the Uig Hotel coming down the hill from the Portree direction. About a mile up the single track road you enter an eerie, mysterious world of perfect conical hills, some up to 60-ft high. It's almost inconceivable that these are natural formations and the inevitable mist only adds to the spooky strangeness of the place.

Local Phone code: +44 (0)1470

Travel Directions to Uig

Nearby Ancient Monuments

  • Flora Macdonald Grave

    The story of Flora Macdonald is well known and her courageous support for Bonnie Prince Charlie. She is buried in Kilmuir Cemetary with a cross as a monument. A lovely location with the sea in the distance. Johnson's epitaph remains as moving as ever.

Local Visitor Attractions

Walks

  • Faerie Glen

    The Fairy Glen or Glen Conon is a bizarre landscape of conical hills that make a for a great walk and if the weather is right, for a grand spot for a picnic.

Uig Hotels & Accommodation

There is a lot of self-catering accommodation in the area - see below, which gets booked up early. This is an extremely popular area of Skye for visitors.

There is a new bunkhouse designed in a very boutique style - The Cowshed Hostel just outside the centre of Uig with views over the harbour. W: Cowshed Website T: 017917 536820. They have both dorm bunks and the more private pods.

There are a few B&B as well - Abhaig on the coast (01470 542251) or Cuil in wonderful location overlooking the habour (01470 542474 W: Cuil B&B)

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