Reached by a causeway from South Uist the island was made famous by the wreck there, in 1941, of The Politician, a 12,000 ton steamship bound for New York. She carried a mixed cargo including 264,000 bottles of whisky, most of which was removed by the islanders. Compton Mackenzie’s book ‘Whisky Galore’ – later made into a film – is based on the event. The pub on the island is appropriately called ‘Am Politician’.
The island is also famous for its association with Bonnie Prince Charlie. It was here that the French frigate, the Du Teillay, landed the prince and his seven companions on 23rd July 1745 – the start of The ‘45 Jacobite Rebellion.
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