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North Uist, Outer Hebrides (Credit: Airborne Lens)
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The Uists are a string of islands in the Outer Hebrides which include Berneray, North Uist, Grimsay, Benbecula, South Uist and Eriskay. Throughout the islands, the scattered crofting townships you’ll find here are among the most traditional Gaelic communities in all the Highlands and Islands. The Gaelic language is spoken by many folks on a daily basis, celebrated in song, and brought to life in music and dance at night-time ceilidhs throughout the year.

Beyond the rich culture and history that stretches back centuries, the islands also boast some of the most unique scenery in Europe. All six islands are connected by causeways today, with Benbecula, and its solitary hill Rueval, serving as a central stepping stone. As you travel, the land becomes a mosaic of loch and hill, sky and sea, all merging into one big glistening mirage fringed by some of the most spectacular beaches that you will find anywhere in the world.

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