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North Uist

Coordinates: 57°36′00″N 7°19′59″W / 57.6°N 7.333°W / 57.6; -7.333
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North Uist
Gaelic nameaudio speaker iconUibhist a Tuath 
Meaning of nameFrom "inni-vist", Old Norse for "dwelling"
North Uist is located in Outer Hebrides
North Uist
North Uist
North Uist shown within the Outer Hebrides
OS grid reference25
Coordinates57°36′00″N 7°19′59″W / 57.6°N 7.333°W / 57.6; -7.333
Physical geography
Island groupUists and Barra
Area30,305 hectares (117 sq mi)
Area rank10 [1]
Highest elevationEaval 1,138 ft (347 m)
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Council areaNa h-Eileanan Siar
Population rank11 [1]
Largest settlementLochmaddy

North Uist (Scottish Gaelic: Uibhist a Tuath) is an island and community in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland.

North Uist is the tenth largest Scottish island,[2] and the thirteenth largest island surrounding Great Britain. It has an area of 117 square miles (303 km2),[3] slightly smaller than South Uist. North Uist is connected by causeways to Benbecula via Grimsay, to Berneray, and to Baleshare.

With the exception of the south east, the island is very flat, and covered with a patchwork of peat bogs, low hills and lochs, with more than half the land being covered by water. Some of the lochs contain a mixture of fresh and tidal salt water, giving rise to some complex and unusual habitats.

Loch Sgadabhagh is the largest loch by area on North Uist but Loch Obisary has about twice the volume of water.[7] The northern part of the island is part of the South Lewis, Harris and North Uist National Scenic Area, one of 40 in Scotland.[8]


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  1. 1.0 1.1 Area and population ranks: there are c. 300 islands over 20 ha in extent and 93 permanently inhabited islands were listed in the 2011 census.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2001 UK Census per List of islands of Scotland
  3. 3.0 3.1 Haswell-Smith, Hamish 2004.The Scottish Islands. Edinburgh: Canongate. ISBN 978-1-84195-454-7
  4. Get-a-map (Map). Ordnance Survey.
  5. Munch & Goss, ed. (1874). "The Chronicles of Mann vol 22". Isle of Man: Manx Society. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 31 October 2007.
  6. Geir T. Zoëga (1910). "A Concise Dictionary of Old Icelandic". Germanic Lexicon Project. Retrieved 4 July 2007.
  7. Murray and Pullar (1908) "Lochs of North Uist"[permanent dead link] Pages 188-89, Volume II, Part II. National Library of Scotland. Retrieved 20 December 2009.
  8. "National Scenic Areas" Archived 2017-03-11 at the Wayback Machine. SNH. Retrieved 30 Mar 2011.