North Uist Uibhist a Tuath
To the south of the Sound of Harris lies North Uist (pop. 2,200) which is linked to Benbecula and South Uist by causeways. The rugged landscape is dotted with countless lakes, some saltwater and some fresh. With so many bays and inlets, the coastline extends for just under 360mi/580km. Bird watchers make up a large proportion of the island's visitors as diving birds, teal and shovelers are among the species that breed by the lochs. North Uist can also boast red deer, otters and seals and anglers will find the rivers and lakes well stocked. The inhabitants of North Uist live off the land and produce woolen goods to supplement their earnings. Seaweed is plentiful on the sandy beaches and some residents collect it to use as a fertilizer.
The main town on North Uist is Lochmaddy (pop. 1,800). Ferries from Uig (Skye) arrive here and it is an important center for the southern isles. A road runs from Lochmaddy to Carinish in the southwest of the island and then crosses a causeway (1960) through the North Ford to Benbecula.