Uist Culture

Unlike Lewis, Harris and North Uist who have a strong faith in the Free Church, South Uist remains a stronghold in Catholicism. You will see in most villages and by the roadside icons of the Virgin Mary and there is a large monument high on the hill near Geirinis of 'Our Lady of the Isles, with the Christ Child blessing the Island.

The Gaelic language is upheld in schools, through music, books and on road signs.

The Highland games are a fun day out for all the family, with food, drink, and competitions in traditional sports, crafts and baking and Highland dancing.

Peat is still cut in the traditional way and each district across the length of the Western Isles have their own way of building the peat stacks.

Unlike many places these days where hay is turned and covered by plastic by machine, haystacks are still used in the Uists and are beautiful, giving a flavour of a time gone by like so much of theses beautiful islands.

 

Art on the Map

Art on the Map is organised by the Uist Art Association set up in 1988. They formed a partnership with the North Uist Historical Society and established Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum and Arts centre in Lochmaddy. It is one of the leading art venues in Scotland. 2014 will be the 12th anniversary of the Open Studio Art Trail.

Art on the map celebrates all kinds of art from, poetry reading, Exhibitions, art on the beach and in hotels, private craft premises and local community centres.

A leaflet is available from Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum and Art Centre, Lochmaddy North Uist, Hs6 5AA

www.uistarts.org

www.taigh-chearsabhagh.org

This event takes place around June to July time and is definitely worth driving around taking in the beautiful scenery and visiting all the art and crafts on show.

 

Hebridean Celt Festival

July brings music and song across the Western Isles, with Guest appearances from well-known artist like Van Morrison to more local based bands and singers. South Uist is no exception and music can be found in community centres, pubs and hotels.

People travel from all over the world to this festival and the Islands buzz with excitement and music.

To find out more contact www.hebceltfest.com/

 

 

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Great days out in South Uist