South Uist is an island of outstanding beauty and contrasts that has plenty to offer anyone who wants to escape from the stresses of working life for a week or two.
An otter run is situated close to the house.
The eastern side of the island is rocky, with a rugged chain of hills which are populated with deer, golden eagles and sheep. These are perfect for climbing on a clear day with stunning views right across the island and over the Minch to the Inner Hebrides.
The west coast, in contrast, is fertile wild meadowland called 'machair', famous for its’ rare birdlife and wildflowers.
The machair gives way to miles of white sandy beaches - always empty and breathtaking in all weathers. Pulverised shells make the sand glisten white and silver, and the Gulf Stream coming in from America ensures that the sea is never too cold.
There are beautiful brightly coloured shells, dunes for shelter, sea birds of all varieties and the remains of some Neolithic wheel houses. The archaeology of Uist is extensive and well worth investigating. The most recent find of round houses with ‘mummies’ is close to the graveyard at Cladh Hallan,Daliburgh and is signposted.
Dolphins and porpoises sometimes come into the beaches, and seals can be seen basking on the rocks - often on the crossing from Oban or Uig, the captain will point out basking sharks, the occasional a minky or orca whale.