With well-preserved and fascinating evidence of a very long history, as well as enduring traditions and a predominance of Scottish Gaelic, South Uist lies among the Outer Hebrides, to the west of mainland Scotland. Partly flat and partly mountainous, this island is of utmost historical importance as it guards many remnants of ancient civilisations and medieval times, including the only site in Great Britain where ancient mummies were found (Cladh Hallan). Aside from that, there are vestiges from the Bronze Age and Iron Age, including houses, burial chambers and brochs. In addition to that, it was the birthplace of one of Scotland’s most renowned Jacobites, Flora MacDonald, who helped Bonnie Prince Charlie escape after the second uprising proved unsuccessful. Visitors interested in history will definitely enjoy Kildonan Museum, where many valuable artifacts are on display.
South Uist, akin to many of the Hebrides, hosts a National Nature Reserve (Loch Druidibeg) , due to its flourishing wildlife, particularly rare plants. The fauna is also very diverse and specific to the island (except the hedgehog, which was brought in the 20th century),especially the birdlife, as many species can be observed in the natural reserve. The population was reduced to half by the Clearances, and still, South Uist remains densely populated compared to other islands in its vicinity, Lochboisdale being the largest settlement and a significant port in the area. South Uist is also quite popular due to Askernish Golf Course, which was the very first golf course to be set up in the Outer Hebrides.