The second largest of the Western Isles, South Uist has a unique character. It is famous for its 20 miles of Atlantic beach only interrupted by two low rocky headlands. The beach is backed by sand dunes behind which is the machair – fertile low lying grassland with amazing wildflowers.
It was among the dunes at Askernish that the legendary Old Tom Morris, 4 times winner of the Open, laid out a golf course in 1891. It has recently been restored and must come close to offering the original golfing experience.
To the east is moorland rising to the impressive peaks of Beinn Mhor 620m (2034 ft) and Hecla 606m (1988ft). Beinn Mhor , with its narrow summit ridge, is a straightforward and rewarding climb from the main A865.
South Uist is well known for its fishing with sea trout, brown trout and some salmon. The rich sandy machair lochs offer excellent brown trout fishing, with smaller fish to be caught on the peaty hill lochs. Permits can be obtained from the Storas Uibhist Estate Office at Daliburgh.
Since 2006 South Uist, Eriskay and Benbecula have been owned by Storas Uibhist on behalf of the community.