History is everywhere on North Uist and ruins can be explored including a Viking fort, standing stones, wheelhouses, sheilings, blackhouses and over 100 duns (fortified settlements).
Scolpaig Tower, also known as Macleod's Folly was built in 1830 over an Iron Age dun in a beautiful spot about 10 minutes drive from the cottage. In summer the Machair is in full glory and alive with bees and butterflies. Looking up often there are raptors soaring overhead. The tower is very photogenic with waterlilies on the water of Scolpaig beside it.
The Udal peninsula is home to several archaeological sites, which were excavated between 1963-1994. They are thought to have been inhabited from the neolithic period to the 18th century. As well as being fascinating to explore, the area is also rich in wildlife and flora and fauna and enjoys fantastic views in all directions. It's a great place to spend a day exploring with a picnic.
This was our picnic spot at Udal on a warm day in December
Explore the wildlife of the Island. RSPB Balranald visitor centre is 5 minutes walk from the cottage
Visit the remote and fascinating archipelago of St. Kilda- a UNESCO world heritage site