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Tour Uist, Hebrides, Scotland

Thursday, September 10, 2009

This evening I am posting images , information and videos obtained during my tour of North and South Uist.

The Uists are part of the Hebrides. South Uist is 35km long and 13km wide while North Uist is the largest island measuring 21km in length and 29km in width. The scenery is both stunning and diverse with miles of sandy beaches, hilly terrain, seascapes, landscapes and an usual quality of light. Fishing, crofting (farming) and tourism are some of the key activities. Peat is still used for fuel. The islands have much to offer the visitor including a rich historical heritage, wildlife, scenery and photography-not to mention the omnipresent sheep! Visit and enjoy these islands, but don't expect a sun tan.


This is a traditional style thatched cottage.

Scolpaig Tower, a folly which dates from 1830 on site of an Iron Age fort.

Aspect of Pobull Phinn stone circle.
Sensible sheep sheltering from the prevailing wind.
Art at Cladach Baleshare

Click here for a video of Dun an Sticir fort.

Click here for a video of Cladh Hallan Round Houses

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Hedgehogs Harried in the Hebrides

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Hedgehogs were introduced to North Uist and Benbecula in the 1970s to control garden slugs but the animals turned instead to feasting on the eggs of rare birds such as dunlin, lapwing and ringed plover.

Scottish Natural Heritage have been culling the animals but the British Hedgehog Preservation Society claims it is much cheaper to capture and relocate -GBP50 per animal- compared with equivalent culling cost of GBP950 per animal.

The 2007 cull is scheduled for April and May.

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